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THE PRAYERS OF A RIGHTEOUS PERSON

The most effective weapon we have as followers of Jesus Christ is prayer.  Prayer is direct communication with the God who created everything that has ever existed, that exists, and that will exist in the future.  We should pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).  The Bible tells us that the word of God is sharper than any two-edged sword (Hebrews 4:12).  When we pray in faith and according to God’s will, God Himself sees to it that His word is fulfilled.   

WHAT IS PRAYER?

Prayer is communication with God the Creator of life.  There are many reasons for us the humans to communicate with God. 

LUKE 1:46-55

My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior.  For He has regarded the lowly state of His maidservant; For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed.  For He who is mighty has done great things for me and holy is His name. And His mercy is on those who fear Him from generation to generation. He has shown strength with His arm; He has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts. He has put down the mighty from their thrones, and exalted the lowly.  He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich He has sent away empty.  He has helped His servant Israel, in remembrance of His mercy, as He spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his seed forever.”

Sometimes we pray to adore and magnify the name of God, and that is what the virgin Mary was doing in this instance.

LUKE 18:13

And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner!’”

Since all of us sin, prayer is used to confess our sins and ask God to have mercy on us. Without His mercy all of us would wind up in hell and in the lake of fire suffering eternally.

PSALM 136:1-9

Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever. Oh, give thanks to the God of gods! For His mercy endures forever. Oh, give thanks to the Lord of lords! For His mercy endures forever: To Him who alone does great wonders, for His mercy endures forever; To Him who by wisdom made the heavens, for His mercy endures forever; To Him who laid out the earth above the waters, for His mercy endures forever; To Him who made great lights, for His mercy endures forever— The sun to rule by day, for His mercy endures forever; The moon and stars to rule by night, for His mercy endures forever.”

Some of our prayers should just be to thank God, and that’s what the psalmist was doing here. If you truly count your blessings you will find many reasons to thank God.

1 KINGS 8:35-40

“When the heavens are shut up and there is no rain because they have sinned against You, when they pray toward this place and confess Your name, and turn from their sin because You afflict them, then hear in heaven, and forgive the sin of Your servants, Your people Israel, that You may teach them the good way in which they should walk; and send rain on Your land which You have given to Your people as an inheritance. “When there is famine in the land, pestilence or blight or mildew, locusts or grasshoppers; when their enemy besieges them in the land of their cities; whatever plague or whatever sickness there is; whatever prayer, whatever supplication is made by anyone, or by all Your people Israel, when each one knows the plague of his own heart, and spreads out his hands toward this temple: then hear in heaven Your dwelling place, and forgive, and act, and give to everyone according to all his ways, whose heart You know (for You alone know the hearts of all the sons of men),  that they may fear You all the days that they live in the land which You gave to our fathers.”

Many prayers made to God are petitionary.  What that means is that we are asking God to intervene on our behalf and help us.  We need help with something that is out of our control. King Solomon was petitioning God to intervene on behalf of the Jewish people.  He knew that they were God’s chosen people.

JAMES 5:13-16

“Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms.  Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.  And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.  Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.”

We should pray without ceasing because all of us have needs that only God can fulfill and we should pray for others who also have needs that only God can answer.  There is nothing more important than our souls.  Therefore we should be praying for God to open the eyes of those who have not received Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. Without repentance and asking Jesus Christ to be their Lord and Savior they will spend eternity in the lake of fire.

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WAIT ON THE LORD

Because God’s ways are higher than ours (Isaiah 55:8-9),  and because He knows everything including what is going to happen in the future, we should, whenever possible, consult Him before making any decisions.  We should wait for His response.  Sometimes it takes time, but it will come if we wait patiently on Him.  Many times we make the wrong decision because we do not wait on the Lord.

Jesus is going to return to earth in the twinkling of an eye (1 Corinthians 15:52) to take His children home.  We, who are Christians, should be waiting eagerly for that day.

PSALM 25:3-5

 Indeed, let no one who waits on You be ashamed; Let those be ashamed who deal treacherously without cause. Show me Your ways, O Lord; Teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me for You are the God of my salvation; On You I wait all the day.”

When we petition God in prayer, we should keep on praying it and wait patiently for Him to answer our petition.

PSALM 40:1-3

“I waited patiently for the Lord; And He inclined to me, and heard my cry. He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my steps. He has put a new song in my mouth – Praise to our God; Many will see it and fear, and will trust in the Lord.”

God hears us every time we pray if we are His children. We are His children if we have received Jesus Christ in our lives as our Lord and Savior.  Have you done it?

HOSEA 12:5-6

“That is (Jesus Christ), the Lord God of hosts. The Lord is His memorable name. So you, by the help of your God, return; Observe mercy and justice, and wait on your God continually.”

God will answer our prayers under four conditions:  1. We are followers of Jesus Christ. 2. We pray to Father God in the name of Jesus. 3. We pray in faith believing that we will receive, and 4.  What we are praying is in God’s will.

LUKE 12:35-40

“Let your waist be girded and your lamps burning;  and you yourselves be like men who wait for their master, when he will return from the wedding, that when he comes and knocks they may open to him immediately.  Blessed are those servants whom the master, when he comes, will find watching. Assuredly, I say to you that he will gird himself and have them sit down to eat, and will come and serve them.  And if he should come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants.  But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into.  Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”

God may not answer our prayer immediately, but we have to remain in obedience to Him and in faith waiting for Him to answer our prayer.  He will answer our prayer in due time if it is in His will and if it is in our own best interest.

GENESIS 22:8-14

 And Abraham said, “My son, God will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering.” So the two of them went together. Then they came to the place of which God had told him. And Abraham built an altar there and placed the wood in order; and he bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar, upon the wood.  And Abraham stretched out his hand and took the knife to slay his son.  But the Angel of the Lord called to him from heaven and said; “Abraham, Abraham!” So he (Abraham) said, “Here I am.” And He (God) said, “Do not lay your hand on the lad, or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me.”  Then Abraham lifted his eyes and looked, and there behind him was a ram caught in a thicket by its horns. So Abraham went and took the ram, and offered it up for a burnt offering instead of his son.  And Abraham called the name of the place, The-Lord-Will-Provide, as it is said to this day, “In the Mount of the Lord it shall be provided.”

God was testing Abraham as He had told him to sacrifice his son Isaac.  It was an extreme case  but nevertheless Abraham was obedient and as He had waited on the Lord obediently and faithfully,  the Lord told him not to sacrifice Isaac.

HEBREWS 9:27-28

“And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment, so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation.”

Jesus will appear to us – the ones who are alive – a second time in what is called “the rapture.”  He will take us to heaven to be with Him forever.

ROMANS 8:22-25

 For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now.  Not only that, but we also who have the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body.  For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees?  But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance.”

We, the Christians – Christ followers, are eagerly waiting for the rapture, judgment day and eternity, so we can be with God forever and ever.

Whatever your need or needs may be, learn to wait on the Lord patiently.  Since God has all the correct answers, your answer may not come when you want it, or even exactly the way you want it, but in the end you will understand why God answered it that way.

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LET GOD’S BLESSINGS FLOW THROUGH YOU

God may have several purposes when He blesses us.  One of those purposes is for us to bless others.  He may bless us with talents, abilities, position, money, and in other ways, and He wants us to use  part of those blessings to bless others.  The more you bless others, the more God will bless you.

PSALM 34:1-3

“I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make its boast in the Lord; The humble shall hear of it and be glad. Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together.”

The first thing we should do in order to receive God’s blessings is to have an intimate relationship with Him the way king David had. We should praise Him, adore Him, exalt His name, serve Him and pray to Him on a daily basis with thanksgiving in our hearts.

GENESIS 12:2-3

“I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing.  I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”

God was telling Abraham that His blessings would pass through the latter to anyone who would bless him.  The same is true today.  The people who bless Israel will receive blessings from God.

By the same token, people who bless other people receive blessings from our God.  Are you being a blessing to anybody?

MATTHEW 5:1-12

“And seeing the multitudes, He  (Jesus) went up on a mountain, and when He was seated His disciples came to Him.  Then He opened His mouth and taught them, saying:  “Blessed are the poor in spirit,  for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.  Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart,  for they shall see God.  Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake.  Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

This discourse is known as “The Beatitudes.”  Jesus was basically telling the people that whoever did what He mentioned would be blessed by God.  The reason is simple:  They would be doing God’s will and God’s blessings would flow through them to other people.  God still wants to bless others through us.  He blesses us, so we can be a blessing to others.

LUKE 6:38

 Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.”

According to how we bless others, God will bless us.  We are not just talking about money, but of giving of your time, talents, wisdom, intelligence and anything else that may help others.

2 CORINTHIANS 9:6-7

 But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.”

The apostle Paul is referring to giving financially at church, but it also applies to how we help other people who may be in need. Do we give from our need, or do we give from our abundance? Do we give because we feel obligated to do so, or do we give because it comes from our heart?

MATTHEW 28:19-20

 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,  teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.”

This is the command that Jesus gave to His disciples, but it also applies to us today.  We are to let His love flow through us, and tell the people about the plan of salvation wherever we go.  The biggest favor we can do for anyone is to show the love of God for them by explaining to them how Jesus paid for their sins on the cross, how much He loves them, that He is waiting for them to repent, and that He will forgive all their sins, so they can spend eternity with Him.

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NO PRAYER IS TOO BIG AND NO PRAYER IS TOO SMALL

With God all things are possible.  Therefore we should not limit Him when we pray.  No matter how big or impossible the prayer may seem, God can answer it if we pray it in faith.  Regardless of how small the prayer may seem to others, God wants us to pray it.

1 THESSALONIANS 5:16-18

“Rejoice always,  pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

God’s will is for us to rejoice, to pray without ceasing and to thank Him for everything and in everything.

PHILIPPIANS 4:6

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;  and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

We should never be anxious; instead we should take our needs to God in prayer and supplication, and thank Him in advance as if He had already answered our petition.

EPHESIANS 6:16-18

 Above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.  And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God;  praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints.”

We should always pray in faith in the name of Jesus to God the Father.  If we know a scripture that covers our situation, we should claim it in authority.  We should pray repeatedly for that specific need until the answer comes.  When the answer comes we should thank God for answering our prayer and we should give testimony to people of what He did for us.

JAMES 5:14-16

 Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.  And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.  Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.”

We should pray for one another in faith.  The one who has the need should receive the prayer by faith and the one or the ones who pray for him should also pray in faith.  Without faith, it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6).

1 PETER 3:12

“For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their prayers; but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”

If we are righteous, humble before Him, and sincere, God will listen to our prayers, and if it is His will he will answer them.  Since His ways are higher than ours (Isaiah 55:9), and since He knows everything, sometimes He does not answer our prayer because it would cause us harm in the long run.

LUKE 18:1-5

“Then He (Jesus) spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart,  saying: “There was in a certain city a judge who did not fear God nor regard man.  Now there was a widow in that city; and she came to him, saying, ‘Get justice for me from my adversary.’ And he would not for a while; but afterward he said within himself, ‘Though I do not fear God nor regard man,  yet because this widow troubles me I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.’”

The main point of Jesus’ parable is that we should always pray and never give up.

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GIVE FROM YOUR NEED

Many people do not give at all; some give very little and many of the ones who give, give from their abundance.  To really please God we should give from our needs.  That please God because He knows we are giving sacrificially, just as He gave His Son for us.

Deuteronomy 16:16-17

Three times in a year shall all thy males appear before the LORD thy God in the place which he shall choose; in the feast of unleavened bread, and in the feast of weeks, and in the feast of tabernacles: and they shall not appear before the LORD empty: Every man [shall give] as he is able, according to the blessing of the LORD thy God which he hath given thee.

Every person should give to the church and help others as he is able.  There will be times when a person will not be able to give or to help for whatever the reason or reasons.

2 Corinthians 9:7

“Every man according as he purposes in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity:  for God loves a cheerful giver.”

God wants us to give lovingly because we want to give, not because we are forced into doing it. By the same way, we should help people in need because we sincerely want to do it, and not for any other reason.

1 Corinthians 13:2-3

“And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profits me nothing.”

The main point here is that we have to be charitable.  We must remember the poor and help them whenever possible. Whatever we give, we should not give it as charity, but as something useful and valuable.

Proverbs 19:17

“He that has pity upon the poor lends unto the Lord, and that which he has given will he pay him again.”

God is watching when we help others, and when we need help, God will have the correct people there to help us.

Luke 6:38

“Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom.  For with the same measure that you use, it shall be measured back to you.”

If we give, God will bless us.  Many times He multiplies it back to us.  If we do not give anything, and He multiplies the zero that we have given by any number it will give Him and us zero.

Matthew 25:35-40

“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me,  I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’  Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink?  And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you?  And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’  And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’”

When we help others we are serving God.  When people have a legitimate need they cannot meet, and we meet it for them, we are serving God.

Mark 12:42-43

“And a poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which make a penny.  And he (Jesus) called his disciples to him and said to them, “Truly, I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the offering box.”

The wealthy people were giving from their abundance, but the widow was giving from her need.  This message is not only about giving from our financial need, but also giving from our time when we are busy ourselves and sharing what we have learned through knowledge and through  our personal experiences.

The most important things in life are free and it won’t cost us a dime to give them away.  All of us can give someone a smile, a kind word, comfort, encouragement, a pat on the back, advice, a listening ear, and some physical help they may need.

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HE WHO STAYS ATTACHED TILL THE END

There are pastors and teachers who teach, “Once saved, always saved.”  It sounds good, but it is not true.  There is not what the Bible teaches.  We have to be Christ followers until the day we die, otherwise we may lose our salvation.

Jude 1:20-21

 But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit,  keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.”

It is quite possible that Jude may have been a son of the Virgin Mary and Joseph.  In other words, he would be Jesus’ half brother. Because false teachers were teaching false doctrine, Jude was telling the people to stay firm in their faith in Jesus till the end.

Philippians 4:13

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

God’s promises always have conditions. The two obvious conditions here are that it is God’s will and that we stay attached to Him.

John 15:1-8

I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.  You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you willask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.  By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.

2 Timothy 4:5-8

 But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry. For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure is at hand.  I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.  Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.

The apostle Paul is telling his followers and us that he served God well, that he is going to die and for us to evangelize and to fulfill our ministries – telling others about God’s plan of salvation for them and for every single human being.  

Hebrews 6:4-6

For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift, and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit,  and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come,  if they fall away, to renew them again to repentance, since they crucify again for themselves the Son of God, and put Him to an open shame.”

People who believe in God and then knowingly move away from Him find it very difficult to  truly come back to Him in sincerity and faith.

 2 Peter 2:19-21

“While they (religious leaders) promise them (the people) liberty, they themselves are slaves of corruption; for by whom a person is overcome, by him also he is brought into bondage.  For if, after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the latter end is worse for them than the beginning.  For it would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than having known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered to them.”

God will judge each individual according to the amount of light he has.  Pastors and priests will be judged harsher than the normal person. God cannot be mocked (Galatians 6:7-8).

He who remains loyal to God till the end will spend eternity with Him.  He who does not will spend eternity in the lake of fire suffering with the devil and his demons. Do not let that happen to you!

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THE FIELDS ARE RIPE

The different parts of the world are the fields and the people are the fruit or the vegetables who are ripe and ready to be picked, or better stated who are needing and ready to hear the word of God. They need to hear the plan of salvation, so they can accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior or reject Him completely.

 LUKE 10:2

Jesus said to His disciples:  “The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.”

Jesus was telling them that there were many people who needed to hear the gospel – the plan of salvation – but that there were too few people prepared to do it, or who were willing to do it.

JOHN 4:35-36

Jesus was in Samaria looking at many people who had never heard about Him or the plan of salvation and He told His disciples:  “Do you not say, ‘There are still four months and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest!  And he who reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit for eternal life, that both he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together.”

What Jesus was saying was that those people not only needed to hear the word of God, but they were ready for it, so they could make an intelligent decision whether to accept Him as their God or not.

MARK 16:15-16

After Jesus had resurrected He appeared to His disciples and told them:  “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.”

Jesus is telling us the same thing and that is to tell people about the plan of salvation, that He is the only way to heaven.  The people who receive Him as their Lord and Savior will go to heaven, but the ones who do not will go to hell and later on to the lake of fire.

2 THESSALONIANS 3:1-2

“Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may run swiftly and be glorified, just as it is with you, and that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men; for not all have faith.”

The apostle Paul was asking the Thessalonian people to pray for him and the people with him who were taking the word of God to people who had not heard it before.  Only the Jewish people had heard the plan of salvation up to that time. It was the beginning of the Christian church.

MATTHEW 28:18-20

After Jesus had resurrected and before He went up to heaven He gave His disciples “The Great Commission.” – “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,  teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

Father God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit wanted and still want the word of God to be given to every human being on earth.

 

ISAIAH 52:7

“How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news,
who proclaims peace, who brings glad tidings of good things, who proclaims salvation, who says to Zion, “Your God reigns!”

God wants everyone of us to take the gospel – good news – wherever we go to whoever might listen.

Due to the extremely difficult times we are living, more and more people are becoming receptive to hearing the word of God. It gives them hope, but more importantly salvation.  You might be a fruit or a vegetable in the field that is ripe and ready to be picked.  If you are, all you have to do is ask Jesus to be your Lord and Savior.  If you are ripe, pray aloud and in all seriousness, sincerity and humility the following prayer to God.  He will hear you and accept you as His child.

“Father God, I repent of all my sins.  I ask You to have mercy on me and to forgive me. I believe and I confess that Jesus Christ is Your Son, that He suffered, died and resurrected on the third day to pay for my sins. I ask Him to be my Lord and Savior and for the Holy Spirit to live in me.  Thank You, Father.  Amen.”

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THE GLORY OF THE LORD IS COMING

As most of us know Jesus Christ came the first time as a baby, grew up, suffered, died and resurrected to reconcile us with the Father.  He is coming the second time, but this time it will be to take His children (the believers) home and to change this earth to its original state.

Exodus 24:15-17

 And he (Moses) said to the elders, “Wait here for us until we come back to you. Indeed, Aaron and Hur are with you. If any man has a difficulty, let him go to them.”  Then Moses went up into the mountain, and a cloud covered the mountain.  Now the glory of the Lord rested on Mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it six days. And on the seventh day He (God) called to Moses out of the midst of the cloud. The sight of the glory of the Lord was like a consuming fire on the top of the mountain in the eyes of the children of Israel.”

Not only here, but in other scriptures (Hebrews 12:29, Deuteronomy 4:25 and 9:3), the Bible tells us that God is a consuming fire.

Luke 9:28-32

 Now it came to pass, about eight days after these sayings, that He (Jesus) took Peter, John, and James and went up on the mountain to pray.  As He (Jesus) prayed, the appearance of His face was altered, and His robe became white and glistening.  And behold, two men talked with Him, who were Moses and Elijah,  who appeared in glory and spoke of His decease which He was about to accomplish at Jerusalem.  But Peter and those with him were heavy with sleep; and when they were fully awake, they saw His glory and the two men who stood with Him.”

Jesus was not just a mere man or a prophet He is God in the flesh.  One of His names is Immanuel, which means “God is with us.” God the Father showed His glory through Jesus.

Exodus 40:34-35

 Then the cloud covered the tabernacle of meeting, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle.  And Moses was not able to enter the tabernacle of meeting, because the cloud rested above it, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle.

The glory of the Lord is present whenever and wherever He manifests Himself. Since He is omniscient, omnipotent, omnipresent, all loving, compassionate, merciful, and sovereign, He makes His presence felt when people are praying, worshiping Him, serving Him, asking for His presence or whenever there is a need.

John 17:1-5

“Jesus spoke these words, lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said: “Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You,  as You have given Him authority over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as You have given Him.  And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do.  And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was.”

Jesus glorified the Father by doing His will, which included reconciling us to God, making the Father known to us, teaching us the word of God, showing us how to live by example and giving us direct communication to God through His word and through the Holy Spirit.

1 Thessalonians 4:13-17

‘But I do not want you to be ignorant, brothers, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope.  For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus.  For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep.  For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God.  And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air.  And thus we shall be with the Lord.”

This event, which has not happened yet, is known as “The Rapture.”  Although no one knows the day or the hour it will happen, all the signs that it is about to happen are already here.  Yes, the glory of the Lord is coming and it will be a lot sooner than most people expect it.

Matthew 25:31-33

“When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory.  All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats.  And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left.”

Jesus will come back the second time to set the world in order.  He will rule it from Jerusalem with an iron hand (Revelation 2:27) for a thousand years. That time is known as “The Millennium.” – Revelation 20:4.

If you want to see the glory of the Lord and not His fury, repent, ask God to forgive you and receive the Lord Jesus as your Lord and Savior.  If you have no idea how to do it, pray the following prayer aloud to God in all humility and sincerity, and He will allow you to be in His glory eternally.

“Father God, in the name of your Son Jesus, I repent of all my sins and I ask You to forgive me. I believe and confess that Jesus is Your Son, that He suffered, died and resurrected on the third day to pay for my sins.  I ask Him  to be my Lord and Savior and the Holy Spirit to live in me, so He can accompany me, guide me and protect me.  Thank You, Father.  Amen.”

If you prayed that prayer, God heard you.  You are now His child.  Get yourself a good Bible, read it and start attending a good born-again Christian church where they teach directly from the Bible.  I update my page every Wednesday or Thursday.  Come back to it and read the different categories.  God bless you!

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THE GREATEST IN GOD’S EYES

When we think of great people in God’s eyes we think of Abraham, Moses, King David, the apostle Paul and maybe a few others, but what does God think? By reading the scriptures we can find out what God values in a human being, and, of course, if a person is doing what God values, God will be happy with him or her.

Matthew 23:11-12

“But he who is greatest among you shall be your servant.  And whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

According to God in order to be considered great in His eyes we must humble ourselves and become servants to others just as He came to serve humanity.

Luke 14:10-11

“But when you are invited, go and sit down in the lowest place, so that when he who invited you comes he may say to you, ‘Friend, go up higher.’ Then you will have glory in the presence of those who sit at the table with you. For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

By being humble, in many cases, we will be exalted by people and for sure we will be exalted by God.  We need to be more humble and we should acquire meekness.  Jesus was the prime example of humility and meekness.

Matthew 20:26-28

“Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant. And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave—  just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”

The greatest people in God’s eyes are the ones who serve other people and especially the ones who are winning souls for His kingdom.

Matthew 18:1-4

“At the time the disciples came to Jesus saying, “Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” Then Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst f them, and said  “Assuredly, I say to you,  unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.  Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”

Jesus made it quite clear that unless we come to Him in pure faith, not questioning anything as little children and forgiving the faults of others as little children do, we cannot enter the kingdom of heaven.

2 Timothy 2:3-4

“You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.  No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier.”

If we are Christians we are in a war with the devil.  That is why in Ephesians 6:11, the apostle Paul tells us to put on the whole armor of God.  What Paul is telling us here is not to be consumed by the affairs of this world but to serve God.  We cannot be great in God’s eyes if we are not doing His work.

Luke 21:1-4

 And He (Jesus) looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the treasury,  and He saw also a certain poor widow putting in two mites.  So He said, “Truly I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all;  for all these out of their abundance have put in offerings for God, but she out of her poverty put in all the livelihood that she had.”

The poor widow gave the two mites (pennies) from her need, while the rich men gave from their wealth.  Therefore what she gave was greater in God’s eyes.  The greater the sacrifice we do for God, the more He appreciates it.

Luke 22:25-27

 And He said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them, and those who exercise authority over them are called ‘benefactors.’ But not so among you; on the contrary, he who is greatest among you, let him be as the younger, and he who governs as he who serves.  For who is greater, he who sits at the table, or he who serves? Is it not he who sits at the table? Yet I am among you as the One who serves.

Jesus was explaining to His disciples that a person might be considered great here because of his position, talents, money and fame, but the servant, who is doing the work of God and serving according to God’s will, is greater.

Philippians 2:5-8

“Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God,  but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.

Jesus is our example of meekness, humility and righteousness.  We will never be exactly like Him.  No one can, but we can try to follow His principles and commandments to the best of our ability.  If we do, not only will God be happy with us, but we will spend eternity with Him.

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DO NOT WORRY ABOUT TOMORROW

Many people worry about tomorrow thinking that their worst fears will come to pass.  Most of the time what they think is going to happen does not happen.  Consequently they worried for nothing.  The Bible scriptures clearly tell us not to worry about tomorrow.  The reason is that not one problem has ever been solved by worrying.

Matthew 6:33-34

“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”

If we seek first the kingdom of God, He will take care of our tomorrows.

Luke 12:23-26

“Life is more than food, and the body is more than clothing. Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap, which have neither storehouse nor barn; and God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds?  And which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?  If you then are not able to do the least, why are you anxious for the rest?”

If God takes cares of the birds and other animals, He can surely take care of us.  We gain nothing by worrying.  On the contrary, we may bring illnesses or other problems into our lives or those of our loved ones.

Philippians 4:6-7

 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;  and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

God does not want us to be anxious, frustrated or to worry.  He wants us to release all our troubles to Him.  He definitely wants us to have an intimate relationship with Him, to pray and to have faith that our prayers will be answered.

Psalm 55:22

“Cast your burden on the Lord, and he shall sustain you; He shall never shall never permit the righteous to be moved.”

We were never meant to carry our burdens.  God can do a much better job than we can.  He will take care of His children.  We are His children if we have received Him as our Lord and Savior. If you have not done that, it would be wise for you to do it.

1 Peter 5:6-7

“Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your cares upon Him, for He cares for you.”

We should humble ourselves before our Lord and cast all our cares on Him.  He can handle them no matter what they are.  With Him all things are possible (Mark 10:27).

Psalm 23:4

“He (God) restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.”

No matter what situation we are in, we should not worry nor fear, but we should pray to God and place ourselves in His hands.

ISAIAH 43:1-3

But now, thus says the Lord, who created you, O Jacob, and He who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; You are Mine.  When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you.”

God is telling Israel that He will protect them wherever they are and whatever the situation may be, and He is telling us the same thing.  We do not need to worry.  We just need to have faith in Him.

If you are still carrying all your burdens because you are not yet a child of God, you may do that now.   You do that by accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.  I case you do not know how to go about it, I have written for you what we call “The Sinner’s Prayer.”  Pray it to God aloud in all humility and sincerity.  He will hear you and accept you as His child.

“Father God, I repent of all my sins.  Please forgive me.  I believe and confess that Jesus Christ is Your Son, that He suffered, died on the cross, and resurrected from the dead on the third day to pay for my sins.  I accept His sacrifice as I make Him the Lord of my life.  I also ask You to activate the Holy Spirit within me, so He can guide me, protect me and keep me company wherever I go.  Amen.”

If you prayed that prayer in faith, God has heard you.  That means you will spend eternity with God and not in hell or the lake of fire with the devil.  Read all my blog once a week, find a good born-again Christian church and read the Bible so you can learn more.  God bless you!

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CHOOSE A BLESSING OR A CURSE

Since we have free will, we have the privilege of choosing how we want to live.  Many of the decisions we make have consequences.  Many of the bad things that happen to us are a direct result of poor planning, bad decisions and of our selfishness -  just thinking about ourselves. We   need to think how our decisions affect our present, our future, and even the lives of other people.

Joshua 24:15

“And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

Joshua was reminding the Israelites how God had guided them, protected them for forty years in the desert and that He had defeated all their enemies before them, and now they were trying to turn away from Him.

Deuteronomy 11:26-28

“Behold, I (God) set before you today a blessing and a curse: the blessing, if you obey the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you today; and the curse, if you do not obey the commandments of the Lord your God, but turn aside from the way which I command you today, to go after other gods which you have not known.”

The curse comes if we worship other so-called gods, which are not gods at all.  There is only one God and it is the Creator of heavens and earth.

Deuteronomy 30:15-16

“See, I (God) have set before you today life and good, death and evil, in that I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in His ways, and to keep His commandments, His statutes, and His judgments, that you may live and multiply; and the Lord your God will bless you in the land which you go to possess.”

If we choose life and good, God will bless us, but if we choose death and evil, His curses will fall on us.

Deuteronomy 30:19-20

 I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I (God) have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live;  that you may love the Lord your God, that you may obey His voice, and that you may cling to Him, for He is your life and the length of your days; and that you may dwell in the land which the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give them”

When God says, “Choose life,” He means choose salvation and not damnation.  By choosing salvation, we are automatically choosing God’s blessings.

Deuteronomy 28:1-2

“Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the Lord your God will set you high above all nations of the earth. And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the Lord your God.”

God was talking to the Jewish nation, but because He is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8), and since He shows no partiality (Romans 2:11), it also applies to us.  If we choose Jesus as our Lord and God as our Father, not only will we receive salvation, but we will receive God’s blessings.

Proverbs 18:21

“Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.”

Will your fruit be a blessing or will it be a curse? That, of course, depends on your thoughts, your words and your actions.

Romans 10:9-13

“If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.  For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.  For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.”  For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him.  For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you have never received  Jesus Christ in your life as your Lord and Savior, choose a blessing now by accepting Him.  If you do not accept Him, you are choosing a curse.  If you want to make sure you go to heaven and to receive God’s blessings, pray the following prayer aloud to God in all sincerity and humility and He will hear you.  He will accept you as His child.

“Father God, I repent of all my sins.  I ask You to forgive me and I receive Your Son Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior.  I believe and confess that He suffered, died on the cross and resurrected on the third day to pay for my sins.  I receive His sacrifice.  I also ask You to activate Your Holy Spirit within me, so He can guide me in everything I do.  Thank You, Father,   Amen.”

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I AM GOD AND THERE IS NO OTHER

Regardless what people through the ages may have claimed and what different religions may be claiming now, there is only one God.  That God, of course is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.  He is the Creator and the sustainer of everything that existed, exists and will ever exist.

Genesis 1:1

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”

It was the Creator God who brought everything that exists out of nothing. He even created the first two human beings – Adam and Eve.

John 1:1

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.”

The Word is Jesus Christ – the Creator.  Everything was created by Him and for Him.

Isaiah 45:5-6

“I am the Lord, and there is no other; There is no God besides Me. I will gird you, though you have not known Me, that they may know from the rising of the sun to its setting that there is none besides Me. I am the Lord, and there is no other.”

The Lord is telling us through the prophet Isaiah that He is the Lord and that there is no other.

Isaiah 43:10-11

““You are My witnesses,” says the Lord, “And My servant whom I have chosen, that you may know and believe Me, and understand that I am He.  Before Me there was no God formed,
nor shall there be after Me.  I, even I, am the Lord, and besides Me there is no savior.”

Jesus is saying that He is God the Lord and that He is the Savior, the only way to salvation.

Isaiah 46:9

“Remember the former things of old, for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like Me.”

God is making it very clear that He is the only God.  Every other so-called god was either a human being, or something else, but definitely not God.

Hosea 13:4

“Yet I am the Lord your God ever since the land of Egypt, and you shall know no God but Me;
For there is no savior besides Me.”

Jesus is telling the Jewish people that He is the only God and that He is the only way to eternal life.  That applies to us as well.

Isaiah 44:6

“Thus says the Lord, the King of Israel, and his Redeemer, the Lord of hosts: ‘I am the First and I am the Last; Besides Me there is no God.’”

God makes it clear that He is God and there is no other.”

Deuteronomy 4:39

“Therefore know this day, and consider it in your heart, that the Lord Himself is God in heaven above and on the earth beneath; there is no other.”

God is telling the Israelites, his chosen people, that the Lord Jesus is God over everything and there is no other god.

Ephesians 4:6

“(There is) one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in youall.”

The apostle Paul is telling us that there is only one God who is above all and that God is the one who appeared to Moses, chose Abraham and sent His Son Jesus Christ to die for our sins.

1 Corinthians 8:6

“Yet for us there is one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we for Him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, through whom are all things, and through whom we live.”

The apostle Paul explains it very clearly to the Corinthians and to us that there is only one true God and that through Him all things are held together.

1 Timothy 2:5

“For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.”

Jesus is the only Mediator for us in heaven.  When we pray, He is asking the Father to hear our prayer and to help us.  The angels and the Virgin Mary are in heaven and so are the saints, who have gone to heaven before us, but they cannot receive our prayers nor help us – only God can! Jesus is at the right hand of the Father interceding for us (Romans 8:34).

Revelation 22:12-13

““Behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to each person according to what he has done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.”

Jesus Himself is telling us that He is God and that He is coming soon to take us to heaven.  That event (John 14:3) which will happen soon has become known as “The Rapture.”

If,  for whatever reason,  you thought there were several gods or several ways to get to heaven all these scriptures should prove to you that there is only one God and one way to get to heaven.  That’s why in John 14:6, Jesus said:  “I am the way, the truth, and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

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GOD CHOSE YOU

Although most of us do not realize it, God chose us for salvation before the foundation of the world.  Before we were born He had already chosen us. The human mind cannot comprehend that, but that’s the way it is.  The main reason for that is that God is sovereign, which gives Him the right to do His will.

Exodus 33:19

“I (God) will make all My goodness pass before you (Moses), and I will proclaim the name of the Lord before you. I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.”

That is what God told Moses.  Since God is sovereign, He can have mercy, compassion and be gracious to whomever He desires. He acts according to His will, not according to anybody else’s desires or mandates.  God has decided to be gracious to you and to have mercy and compassion on you, but that does not do you any good unless you receive it.

Ephesians 1:3-5

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love,  having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will.”

This scripture could not be any clearer – God chose you for salvation before the foundation of this world.  If you are reading this, believe it, claim it, and receive it.

John 15:16-17

You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.  This is my command: Love each other.”

Jesus was telling this to His disciples, but it also applies to us today.  There are 4 main points here:  1.  God chose you.  2. You were appointed to bear good fruit.  3. Whatever you ask Father God in Jesus’ name,  the Father will do for you (if it’s in His will).  4. Love people.

Romans 5:7-8

 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die.  But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

Jesus chose you.  He even suffered, died and resurrected to give you salvation.  However salvation is not automatic you have to receive it.  You do that by repenting of your sins, asking God to forgive you and receiving Jesus Christ in your heart as your Lord and Savior.

Ephesians 2:8-9

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—  not by works, so that no one can boast.”

Salvation comes to you from God strictly by His grace, not by any works you may have done.  God chose you, but you have to accept it by faith.  If you do not accept salvation by faith, you will lose it and will wind up suffering eternally in the lake of fire.

Psalm 33:11-13

But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations. Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people he chose for his inheritance.  From heaven the Lord looks down and sees all mankind.”

This was referring to the Jewish nation, but it can refer to you if you receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. You will not be “the chosen people,” but you will be “the chosen person.”

1 Peter 2:9

 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.”

Yes, God is talking to Israel, but He is also talking to you.  All you have to do is receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, and you become “a chosen person, a royal priesthood, a holy person, God’s special possession” because you came out of not being part of His family to being His child.

God chose you, but your salvation –spending eternity with Him and not in the lake of fire with the devil – is not complete unless you choose Him. If you do not know how to do that, read the following prayer and when you understand it, pray it to God aloud in all sincerity and humility. He will hear you and receive you as His child.

“Father God, I repent of all my sins.  Please forgive me and activate Your Holy Spirit within me. I believe and confess that Jesus Christ is Your Son, that He suffered, shed His blood, died and resurrected to pay for my sins. Right now He is at Your right hand interceding for me.  I receive Him as my Lord and Savior.  Thank You, Father God.  Amen.”

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DO NOT BE CONFORMED TO THIS WORLD

Since this is a fallen and broken world that has been cursed by God, He does not want us to be conformed to it.  We are just sojourning here (1 Peter 2:11-12).  Our citizenship is in heaven (Philippians 3:20), and that is where we are going to spend eternity.

James 4:13-14

 Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit”;  whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.”

Life is like a vapor that is here for an instant and is carried away by the wind. If a person lives to be eighty years old, compared that to eternity or to just 5 billion years, and it is nothing.  Therefore we should not be conformed to our life in this world that goes by fast, but rather to the eternal one which will never ever end.

Philippians 3:20-21

But we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. And we are eagerly waiting for him to return as our Savior. He will take our weak mortal bodies and change them into glorious bodies like his own, using the same power with which he will bring everything under his control.”

People who are not Christians are citizens of the country where they were born or where they have attained a citizenship, but we, the Christians, are citizens of heaven.  Therefore we should not be conformed to this world, but to heaven.

John 14:1-4

““Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.  In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.  And where I go you know, and the way you know.”

Being that we are citizens of heaven, Jesus is coming for us in what is known as “the rapture,” and He will take us to heaven, so we can be with Him forever.

2 Corinthians 5:17

 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”

If we have accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we no longer belong to this world, but to heaven.  We should not allow this world’s system to change us, but we should change it.

Romans 8:8-10

“So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God. But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His. And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.”

If we are Christians, then the Holy Spirit lives in us and the Spirit helps us to do the things that are pleasing to God because they are in His will.  In any and in all circumstances a good Christian should try to do the will of God and not his own. That is what Jesus came to do and we should try to imitate Him.

Colossians 3:1-10

“If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God.  Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.  For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.  When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.  Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. Because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience, in which you yourselves once walked when you lived in them. But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth.  Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds, and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image.”

If you are involved in any of those activities mentioned by the apostle Paul, renew your mind, do not participate in them, and start doing what pleases God.

 Romans 12:2

“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”

If you are not a Christian or a believer in Jesus Christ, you need to be transformed by the renewing of your mind, and you can only do that by reading, studying and meditating on the word of God which is found in the Bible. Do not be conformed to this sinful world, but be conformed to God. If you continue being conformed to this world, you will wind up suffering eternally in the lake of fire.

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HOW TO RECEIVE GOD’S BLESSINGS

Although some pastors and evangelists are teaching that God’s blessings, promises and miracles are automatic, in most cases that is not the case.  In most cases there are conditions  we have to fulfill in order to receive the blessing, the miracle or the answer to our specific need.

John 3:3

“Jesus answered and said to him (Nicodemus – one of the religious leaders), “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

In order to receive God’s blessings we have to be His child and in order to be His child, we have to be born again. The condition to be born again is to receive Jesus Christ as one’s Lord and Savior. One receives Jesus Christ as one’s Lord and Savior, by believing in the heart that He is God and by confessing it aloud with the mouth (Romans 10:9). The condition to see the kingdom of God –to have salvation – is to be born again.

John 15:5-8

 I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you willask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.”

Jesus Himself tells us to bear good fruit, but we can only do that if we remain in Him.  If we remain in Him and bear good fruit then we can pray in His name (John 14:14) and it will be done for us.

Matthew 6:19-21

“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal;  but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

We make treasures in heaven when we do the will of God here on earth by serving Him in one capacity or another, and especially by bringing people into salvation by telling them about the saving power of Jesus Christ.  If we serve Him, He will bless us in one way or another.

Jeremiah 17:7-8

Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, and whose hope is the Lord. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, which spreads out its roots by the river, and will not fear when heat comes; But its leaf will be green, and will not be anxious in the year of drought, nor will cease from yielding fruit.”

One of the keys for God to bless us is for us to trust in the Lord Jesus and for our hope to be in Him

Philippians 4:5-7

“Let your gentleness be known to all men.  The Lord is at hand.  Be anxious for nothing. but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God: and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. “

One way of receiving God’s blessings is to pray to Him in faith.  He wants us to bring everything up to Him in prayer and supplication.  No issue is too big or too small for Him.

Malachi 3:8-12

“Will a man rob God? Yet you have robbed Me! But you say, ‘In what way have we robbed You?’ In tithes and offerings. You are cursed with a curse, for you have robbed Me, even this whole nation.  Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house,
and try Me now in this,” says the Lord of hosts, “If I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it. “And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, so that he will not destroy the fruit of your ground, nor shall the vine fail to bear fruit for you in the field,” says the Lord of hosts;  “And all nations will call you blessed, for you will be a delightful land,” says the Lord of hosts.”

The main point here is that since God is the Creator of everything,  we should be grateful and give Him part of our time, talents, abilities and “yes” even part of our money, so that His kingdom here on earth can grow.  The word of God is free, but it takes money to take it to people. When we give unselfishly, God blesses us in one way or another.

Psalm 50:23

“Whoever offers praise glorifies Me (God); and to him who orders his conduct aright I will show the salvation of God.”

God deserves, needs and wants to be glorified by us.  The angels are doing that in heaven, and if we do it, He will bless us.  God lives in the praises of His people  (Psalm 22:3).

Exodus 20:12

“Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you.” – “Ephesians 6:1-3 – “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.  Honor your father and mother, which is the first commandment with promise, that is may be well with you and you may live long on the earth.: – Colossians 3:20 – “Children, obey your parents in all things, for this is pleasing to the Lord.”

Regardless of our age, God will bless us if we obey and honor our parents.

Matthew 22:37-40

 Jesus said to him (a lawyer/a religious leader), “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment.  And the second is  like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”

If we truly love God, love and bless people, God will bless us.  If we do not receive the blessings in this world, we will receive them in the next one.

Genesis 12:3

 I (God) will bless those who bless you (Abraham), and I will curse him who curses you: and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”Psalm 122:6 – “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:  May they prosper who love you.”

Since Abraham is the father of the Jewish nation, God will bless anyone who blesses Israel.  Are you praying for the peace of Jerusalem and Israel?

“For He (God) said to Moses, “I will have mercy on whomever I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whomever I will have compassion.”Exodus 33:18 – “Then He (God) said (to Moses), “I will make all My goodness pass before you, and I will proclaim the name of the Lord before you. I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.”

Since God is sovereign and above everything that exists anywhere He can be gracious, compassionate and kind to whomever he pleases.  He can bless or discipline according to His righteous judgment.

If you want to receive God’s blessings you can start doing some of the things mentioned in this message.  God will hear you, will see you and He will bless you one way or another.  He is still in the blessing business.

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DO NOT BLAPHEME THE NAME OF GOD

The verb blaspheme, according to the dictionary, means:  “Talk profanely, making use of religious names.” More specifically, it is a defamatory, injurious, or abusive speech against God Himself, which is one of the worst offenses a person can do against Him.  Yet people do it all the time consciously or subconsciously.

2 Timothy 3:1-4

“But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come:  For men will be lovers of themselves,  lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure, rather than lovers of God.”

Those blasphemers are talking profanely against the name of God.  They are not only mocking  and ridiculing God, but they are doing it to all believers.  God will take care of them in the final judgment.  Then they will not be laughing.  Don’t be one of them!

Leviticus 24:15-16

“Then you shall speak to the children of Israel, saying: ‘Whoever curses his God shall bear his sin.  And whoever blasphemes the name of the Lord shall surely be put to death. All the congregation shall certainly stone him, the stranger as well as him who is born in the land. When he blasphemes the name of the Lord, he shall be put to death.”

This is what God told Moses to tell the Jewish people who were with him for forty years in the desert.  God takes blaspheming extremely serious.

Exodus 22:28

“You shall not revile God, nor curse a ruler of your people.”                                                                           This is what God told Moses to tell His people.  We are not to revile, insult, blaspheme or use God’s name in vain, unless we are ready and willing to pay the consequences.

Exodus 20:7

  “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain.”

In God’s eyes we are guilty of blasphemy if we use His name in vain. Do not fall into that trap.

Deuteronomy 5:11

“You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.”

Think of how many pastors, evangelists and so-called prophets will have to give an account to God for giving false testimony by using His name in vain.

Matthew 12:32

“Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him, either in this age or in the age to come.”

Speaking against the Holy Spirit is blasphemy and it will not be forgiven.  A person doing such a thing will wind up in hell and in the lake of fire.  Don’t let it be you!

Leviticus 19:11-13

 And you shall not swear by My name falsely, nor shall you profane the name of your God: I am the Lord.”

God makes it very clear that we should not swear by His name falsely.  It is better not to swear by His name, or by anyone or anything else at all.

Matthew 5:33-37

“Again you have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not swear falsely, but shall perform your oaths to the Lord.’  But I say to you, do not swear at all: neither by heaven, for it is God’s throne; or by the earth, for it is His footstool; nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King.  Nor shall you swear by your head, because you cannot make one hair white or black. But let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.’ For whatever is more than these is from the evil one.”

It is much better not to swear at all because we do not have all the answers.  We do not know what tomorrow may bring, and that could completely change the circumstances of what we swore we would do. It is much better to let our “Yes” be “Yes,” and our “No” be “No.”

If you have been using God’s name profanely or in vain – even if it has been subconsciously –  repent, ask God to forgive you, and stop doing it.  If you don’t, you will pay heavy  eternal consequences in the lake of fire.

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THE LOVE OF MANY WILL GROW COLD

The Bible tells us that in the end times people will be lovers of themselves, doing what is right in their own eyes, and that they will not believe in God;  instead they will mock and ridicule those who believe. Some of them, who say they believe, will not conform to God’s ways, but will want God to conform to their ways.

2 Timothy 3:1-9

“But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,  unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good,  traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!”

The apostle Paul was telling this to his disciple Timothy, but we should also receive it as a warning.  We are in the last days and what Paul mentioned is exactly what is going on now.

1 Timothy 4:1-3

“Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron,  forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth.”

Many people have departed from having faith in Jesus Christ to having faith in other gods or idols.  One religion forbids its leaders to marry and to abstain from eating certain foods on Fridays.

2 Peter 3:3-4

“ Beloved, I now write to you this second epistle (in both of which I stir up your pure minds by way of reminder), that you may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us, the apostles of the Lord and Savior, knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts,  and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation.”

The apostle Peter told us that scoffers would come in the last days and those scoffers are here.  They have heard that God exists and that Jesus is coming back, but they don’t believe it and they make fun of it.

Galatians 6:7-8

“Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.”

God cannot be tricked, fooled or mocked.  The ones who think they are too smart to believe in God, who think they do not need Him or who are mocking Him will wind up suffering eternally in the lake of fire.  Let’s hope you will not be one of them!

2 Thessalonians 2:3-4

 Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition,  who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.”

The apostle Paul is telling the people of Thessalonica that in the end times the people will fall away from God and then the antichrist will come on the scene.  Guess what? We are living in the last days.  The nations are falling farther and farther away from God.  That means the seven-year tribulation will start and the antichrist will take over the world for a season.

Matthew 24:9-13

“Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many.  And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.  But he who endures to the end shall be saved.”

Jesus was  telling His disciples that some of them would be hated and killed because they believed that He was God.  Now days round the world people are being hated and killed simply because they believe in Jesus Christ, and refuse to deny their faith.  False prophets are coming up from different countries. Some of them even have television shows.

Do not be fooled by false religions, false prophets or false doctrines.  There is only one way to heaven and that is through Jesus Christ (John 14:6).  Therefore do not let your love grow cold, but rather let it grow warm toward people and toward God.

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TRUST THE LORD AND LEAN NOT ON YOUR OWN UNDERSTANDING

Most of the mistakes we make are made because we lean on our own understanding. Either we do not consult God at all by prayer and supplication, but even if we do, we get impatient waiting on Him to act, and we do it our way. Then when the results turn out negative we wind up paying the consequences.

Isaiah 55:8-9

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,  neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord.
“As the heavens are higher than the earth,  so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

Since God’s intelligence, knowledge and wisdom are much, much higher than ours, we should lean not on our own understanding, but on His.

Mark 10:27

“Jesus looked at them (His disciples) and said, “With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.”

God has no limits with Him all things are possible, and because they are, we should lean on His understanding, not ours.  We are limited.

Isaiah 55:11

“so is my word that goes out from my mouth:  It will not return to me (God)  empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”

When we declare something or pray it, it may not necessarily be fulfilled, but when God declares something it has no choice but to be fulfilled. We should put our trust in Him, not in ourselves or in other people.

1 John 4:4

You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He (God) who is in you is greater than he (the devil) who is in the world.”

If we are Christians God lives in us, and He is much greater than the devil.  We have to trust God, not ourselves, not the world’s system and certainly not the devil.

1 Corinthians 1:23-25

 But we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.  For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.”

Who are we compared to God?  Nothing! Our only real hope is to cling to Him.  If we are wise in our own eyes, we will miss many opportunities, will make many mistakes and will wind up in the lake of fire suffering eternally.  Let’s hope that is not your case.

Jeremiah 17:5-8

Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart departs from the Lord, for he shall be like a shrub in the desert, and shall not see when good comes, but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land which is not inhabited. “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, and whose hope is the Lord. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, which spreads out its roots by the river, and will not fear when heat comes; but its leaf will be green, and will not be anxious in the year of drought, nor will cease from yielding fruit.”

God curses the person who trusts in people, but blesses the person who puts his trust in Him.

Proverbs 3:5-7

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall directyour paths. Do not be wise in your own eyes;  Fear the Lord and depart from evil.”

Trust in the Lord Jesus and do not live by your own logic because if you live by it, eventually it will be detrimental to you.

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THERE IS NO CONDEMNATION AGAINST YOU

Because of the devil’s work and because sin entered the world through Adam and Eve, God cursed the earth and condemnation came against the human race, but since Jesus lived a sinless life, suffered, died and resurrected to pay for our sins that condemnation has been removed from any person who receives Him as his Lord and Savior.

1 John 4:8

“He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.”

God loves us because He is the very essence of love.  That is why He is willing to forgive us when we fall and make mistakes.  If we repent and ask Him to forgive us, He is not only willing to forgive us, but also to bless us.  Come to Him!

1 John 4:19

“We love Him - God – because He first loved us.”

God demonstrated His love toward us by not only creating this planet, but by creating us.  Then when we had no chance of redemption, He sent His only begotten Son Jesus Christ to pay for our sins by giving up His own life on the cross, so we could be reconciled to the Father.

Romans 5:8-10

 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.  Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.  For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.”

If you are not a Christian, in essence, you are an enemy to God, but if you become a Christian you will be part of His family.  Christ already died and resurrected, so that you may have eternal life with Him.  He loves you and He is waiting for you to come to Him.

Romans 6:23

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

In other words, because all of us have sinned (Romans 3:23), we deserve to spend eternity separated from God suffering in the lake of fire, but because of His love for us and His grace, we can spend eternity with Him by simply repenting and turning our lives over to Him.

Psalm 103:10-12

“He has not dealt with us according to our sins, nor punished us according to our iniquities. For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is His mercy toward those who fear Him; As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.”

God’s grace, mercy and compassion is great for those who fear Him.  Not a fear with trembling, but a reverence, respect and love that we should have for Him.

Romans 8:1-4

There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.  For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.  For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh,  that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.”

ONE: There is no condemnation if we are in Christ Jesus (Christians).  TWO: Christians should walk according to the Holy Spirit. THREE: We are free from sin that leads to death (separation from God eternally).  FOUR: Jesus conquered sin, not for Himself, but for us.  He was already sinless. FIVE:  We will enter heaven as if we were sinless because the blood that Jesus shed on the cross will have cleansed us from all sin.

If you are not a Christian there is condemnation against you, and that condemnation is there because Adam and Eve sinned, you sinned and you have not received Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.  However if you receive Him as your Lord and Savior that condemnation is no longer there, and instead of spending eternity in the lake of fire, you will spend it with God where there will be no more tears, crying, sorrow, sadness, pain nor death (Revelation 21:4).

If you want to spend eternity with God, you can, but you have to become a born-again Christian.  You may do that by coming to God in repentance, humility and sincerity.  If you have no clue how to begin, just pray aloud the following prayer to Him and He will hear you and accept you as His very own child.

“Father God, I repent of all my sins and I ask You to forgive me.  I believe and confess that Jesus Christ is Your Son, that He suffered, shed His blood, died on the cross and resurrected to pay for my sins. I receive Him as my Lord and Savior and I also ask You to have the Holy Spirit live in me. Thank You, Father God.  Amen.”

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GOD IS IMPARTIAL

Although some people seem to be favored by God and others not, that is not the case.  God is impartial.  If God seems to favor a person, it is because that person is doing God’s will or will do it in the future.  Since God knows the intentions of the heart, because He can see the future and being that He is looking for people to serve Him, He blesses those who will.

Romans 2:11

 God will judge those who are not Christian harshly, but glory, honor, and peace to everyone who works what is good, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.  For there is no partiality with God.”

God does not show partiality because of race, sex, age, social status or for anything else.

Acts 10:34-35

 Then Peter opened his mouth and said: “In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality.  But in every nation whoever fears Him and works righteousness is accepted by Him.” Romans 10:12 – “ For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him.”  “Also to You, O Lord, belongs mercy; For You (God)  render to each one according to his work.” Romans 10:12 – “

The apostle Peter realized that God had not only chosen the Jewish race, but anybody else who would fear Him, serve Him and would receive Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior.  All of us are chosen for salvation if we repent, ask God to forgive us and accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior. That, of course, includes you.

Deuteronomy 10:17

 For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality nor takes a bribe.”

God is sovereign and yet He shows no partiality to anyone.  He is not impressed by talents, abilities, educational level, social status, physical strength, natural beauty or anything else we may possess.

Job 34:19

Yet He (God) is not partial to princes, nor does He regard the rich more than the poor; For they are all the work of His hands.” Proverb 22:2 – “The rich and the poor have this in common, the Lord is the maker of them all.”

No matter who we may happen to be, we were created by God.  He is our Creator and because of that He does not show partiality.

Psalm 98:9

“For He is coming to judge the earth.  With righteousness He shall judge the world, and the peoples with equity.”

When the final judgment takes place, every human being that has ever lived will be judged fairly and justly by our God.  The ones who have not received Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior will be found guilty and will be cast into the lake of fire to spend eternity there. Don’t be one of them!

1 Peter 1:17

What standard will God use to judge us?  He will judge us by our works, as it is stated in 1 Peter 1:17 – “ And if you call on the Father, who without partiality judges according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves throughout the time of your stay here in fear.”

Colossians 3:25

“But he who does wrong will be repaid for what he has done, and there is no partiality.”

2 Chronicles 19:7 – “Now therefore, let the fear of the Lord be upon you; take care and do it, for there is no iniquity with the Lord our God, no partiality, nor taking of bribes.”

Doing wrong in God’s eyes is being involved in sin.  All of us sin.  There is not one person on earth who has not sinned.  God’s wrath will come on those who have sinned, have not repented, have not asked God to forgive them and have not received Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.  Are you in that group?

Jeremiah 9:25

 “Behold, the days are coming,” says the Lord, “that I will punish all who are circumcised with the uncircumcised.”

The circumcised are the Jews and the uncircumcised are the ones who are not Jews.  In the final judgment God will judge all of us with the same standard.  If we have repented, ask God to forgive us, received Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior and tried to live a decent life, God will find us innocent, but if we have not done those things, He will find us guilty and the lake of fire will be our eternal place.

Since God is totally impartial, it does not matter who you are or what you have done, if you accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, God will forgive you and ask you to spend eternity with Him.  If, for whatever reason, you don’t know where to begin, pray the following prayer to Him aloud in all humility and sincerity and He will make you part of His family.  Yes, you will not have to pay for your sins because Jesus Christ already paid for them.

“Father God, I repent of all my sins, ask You to forgive me as I believe and confess that Jesus Christ is Your Son, that He shed His blood on the cross to pay for my sins, that He resurrected on the third day from the grave and that He is at your right hand interceding for me even now. I receive Him as my Lord and Savior and I also ask Your Holy Spirit to live in me and to guide me from now on.  Amen.”

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GOD WANTS US TO OVERCOME

God wants all of us to be overcomers and not underachievers.  He has given us all the tools to do exactly that.  Nevertheless some of us are always underachieving because either we do not know the word of God, we do not put it into practice or we do not put it into practice correctly.

Jeremiah 29:11-13

 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.  Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.”

God wants us to overcome in every area of our lives.  The conditions are that we seek Him and that we call on Him.  We should pray to the Father in the name of Jesus – John 14:14.

Revelation 3:5

“He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life; but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels.”

A person who overcomes is one who has received Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior and has remained a Christian the rest of his life.  Where you will spend eternity should be the most important thing to you.  Will you overcome?

Romans 10:17

So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”  Matthew 7:8 – “ For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.”

To overcome difficult obstacles we need faith and that faith comes by hearing the word of God. We need to read the Bible, go to church and listen to pastors and evangelists in order to pray in faith, so we can overcome whatever storm we are facing.  Are you facing a difficult storm?

Romans 12:19-21

 Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. Therefore “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; If he is thirsty, give him a drink; For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”

There are many things to overcome, but all of them come from the devil, from our sins and from evil.  The most important thing is to overcome the devil and evil with good.

1 Corinthians 13:4-5

“Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil.” Romans 5:3-5 – “And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope.  Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” Romans 12:1-2 – I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”

The main weapon God has given us is love.  God can work through us and give us the victory if we act in love.  If we act or react in anger, we are working for the devil and not for God.

Revelation 12:11

“They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.”

Just as those people overcame the devil, we can do it the same way.  We can defeat him by the blood Jesus shed on the cross and by living a Christian life, so we can have a testimony saying we served God in love as best we could. That testimony comes by trusting in God and not in our own understanding (Proverbs 3:5-6).

James 1:12

“Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.” James 1:2-4 – “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials,  knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.  But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.” 1 Corinthians 9:24-25 – “ Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it.  And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown.”

What is needed on your part to overcome?  Work, persistence, perseverance, endurance, faith in God and in yourself. If one of those is missing, you will probably not overcome.

Hebrews 11:6

“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”  Mark 9:24 – “ Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!” The devil had been trying to actually kill the child.  The father was not sure if Jesus could actually cast out the demon.  That is why he said, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief.”

The main weapon the devil has is deceit.  That’s why he places fear, unbelief, doubt and lies in people.

Anger, Fears and worries

If anger, fears and worries are disturbing your life, read the following scriptures.  For anger: Ecclesiastes 7:9, 2 Timothy 2:23-24 and James 1:19-21.  For fear:  Psalm 27:1 and Isaiah 41:13.  For worries:  1 Peter 5:7 and Proverbs 12:25.  You can overcome, but you have to defeat those as well as lack of faith and confidence.

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SEARCH AND RESCUE MISSION

Jesus came to this world on a search and rescue mission.  He came searching for the sinners and to rescue them from their sins, but only if they would repent, ask Father God to forgive them and would receive Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. That means He came searching for you.  Are you going to hide or will you allow Him to find you?

Luke 19:9-10

“Today salvation has come to this house, because he also is a son of Abraham;  for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.” This is what Jesus said to a crowd of people in reference to Zacchaeus, a tax collector and known sinner who had repented.  The people did not understand God’s plan of forgiveness.  That’s why Jesus was explaining it to them.

Matthew 18:10-13

“Take heed that you do not despise one of these little ones (children), for I say to you that in heaven their angels always see the face of My Father who is in heaven.  For the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost. What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them goes astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine and go to the mountains to seek the one that is straying?  And if he should find it, assuredly, I say to you, he rejoices more over that sheep than over the ninety-nine that did not go astray.”

God worries about the sinners, who are far away from Him, because He wants all of us to spend eternity with Him. That includes you!

Mark 2:15-17

 Now it happened, as He (Jesus) was dining in Levi’s house, that many tax collectors and sinners also sat together with Jesus and His disciples; for there were many, and they followed Him.  And when the scribes andPharisees (the religious leaders) saw Him eating with the tax collectors and sinners, they said to His disciples, “How is it that He (Jesus) eats and drinks with tax collectors and sinners?” When Jesus heard it, He said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”

Since all of us sin, Jesus made it quite clear that He came from heaven to rescue us from our sins and to give us eternal life with Him.  Yes, no matter how nice you may be, you are sinning.

Matthew 9:11-13

And when the Pharisees saw it, they said to His disciples, “Why does your Teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?”  When Jesus heard that, He said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick.  But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice.’ For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”

Your good works will not get you to heaven, but Jesus will.  That means you have to accept Him in your heart as your Lord and Savior.

1 Timothy 1:15-16

“This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief.  However, for this reason I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might show all longsuffering, as a pattern to those who are going to believe on Him for everlasting life.”

This is what the apostle Paul wrote to his disciple and fellow servant Timothy.  If we cry out go God, through His mercy, grace and by what Jesus did on the cross, we can receive salvation.

No matter what you may have done, God will forgive you if you repent, ask Him to forgive you and receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.

Romans 5:6-8

 For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.  For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

What this means is that Jesus has already paid for your sins.  All you have to do is receive that sacrifice that He suffered on the cross around two-thousand years ago.  If, for whatever reason, you do not know how to go about it, read the following prayer several times, and when you fully understand it, pray it to God aloud in sincerity and humility.  He will hear you, will receive it and will make you His child.  That means you will spend eternity with Him and not burning in the lake of fire with the devil and his demons.

“Father God, I repent of all my sins.  I ask You to forgive me as I receive Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit in my heart.  I believe and confess that Jesus Christ is Your Son, that He shed His blood and gave up His life on the cross to pay for my sins, that He resurrected on the third day and that He is at Your right hand interceding for me even now.  Thank You, Father God.  Amen.”

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HEAVEN AND EARTH WILL PASS AWAY

The Bible makes it extremely clear that heaven and earth will pass away, but the word of God will be fulfilled. In other words, nothing is iron clad and nothing is everlasting with the exception of God, His kingdom and His word. Societies may go through changes,  new cultures may appear and others disappear, changing times will bring different scenarios, but the word of God will never ever change.

Matthew 24:35

 Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.” Jesus Himself makes it very clear that no matter what happens His words, the prophecies that are written in the Bible, will be fulfilled. Nobody and nothing can derail God’s plan.  What is written in God’s word  is written and it will come to pass.

Isaiah 55:10-11

“For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, and do not return there, but water the earth, and make it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.”

What God is saying is that His word will be fulfilled.  His words are the prophecies He left for us in the Bible.  If we want to know what is going to happen in the future or in eternity all we have to do is read the Bible.  The answers are there.

Isaiah 45:22-23

“Look to Me, and be saved, all you ends of the earth! For I am God, and there is no other. I have sworn by Myself; The word has gone out of My mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, that to Me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall take an oath.”

God is saying that He has already sent out His word in righteousness through the prophets (written in the Bible) and it will be fulfilled. Basically He is telling us that salvation is only through His Son Jesus (John 14:6), that every person is accountable to Him and that at the end every single person will have to acknowledge the fact that He is God. Every and I mean every knee will bow and every person will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord (Philippians 2:10-11).

Isaiah 46:9-10

“Remember the former things of old, for I am God, and there is no other. I am God, and there is none like Me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things that are not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will do all My pleasure.”

God is completely sovereign and through His word, He has declared the end from the beginning because He lives out of time and He has already destined the end and has already seen it.  What God has declared will happen because He has declared it, it is in His will and He will make sure it happens,  Since He lives out of time and all things are possible for Him (Mark 10:27), He has already seen it happen.

Psalm 33:10-12

“The Lord brings the counsel of the nations to nothing; He makes the plans of the peoples of no effect. The counsel of the Lord stands forever, The plans of His heart to all generations.  Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people He has chosen as His own inheritance.”

Presidents, kings, rulers and nation may have plans, but if they are not in line with God’s plans they will not be fulfilled.  God allows dictators and bad leaders to lead a nation because its people have moved away from Him.  He allows that, so the people will repent, cry out to Him and He will deliver them from bondage.  The Israelites cried out to Him when they were being treated as slaves in Egypt and God sent Moses to deliver them out of bondage.

John 14:6

 Jesus said to him (the disciple who became known as ‘Doubting Thomas’), “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

Just as many scriptures have already been fulfilled, some are being fulfilled now and others will be fulfilled in the future, John 14:6 will be fulfilled in your life, one way or the other. If you receive Jesus Christ in your heart as your Lord and Savior, you will spend eternity with Him, but if you do not, then you will spend eternity burning and suffering in the lake of fire with the devil and his demons.  The choice is entirely up to you.

If you want to make sure that you will spend eternity in a paradise type of setting with God, then repent, ask God to forgive you, receive Jesus Christ in your heart as your Lord and Savior and try to leave sin behind.  Now, you will never be perfect, but you can do your best.  In all humility and sincerity pray the following prayer to God.  He will hear you, will forgive all your sins and will make you His child.

“Father God, I repent of all my sins and I ask You to forgive me.  I believe and confess that Jesus Christ is Your Son, that He  suffered, shed His blood, died and resurrected on the third day to make salvation available to me.  I receive Him as my Lord and Savior and I also ask the Holy Spirit to live in me, so He can guide me, protect me and bless me. Thank You Father!  Amen.”

You are now a child of God destined to spend eternity with Him.  Start reading the Bible starting with the gospel of John.  Find a good born-again Christian church where they teach the word of God directly from the Bible.  God bless you!

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I HEAR THE CRIES OF MY PEOPLE

Many times when we are in trouble or when we pray, we think that God does not hear us or that He is not listening to us.  If we are His children He is completely aware of everything that is happening to us and He hears us every single time we pray to Him.  He made us a promise that He would never leave us nor forsake us (Hebrews 13:5) and He keeps all His promises.  He does not move away from us, but many times we move away from Him. 

Hebrews 13:5

 Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

God’s promises always have a condition.  The condition for Him not to leave us nor forsake us is for us live our lives without covetousness.  Covetousness is sin in God’s eyes.

Deuteronomy 31:6

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

God was talking to Joshua, the leader of the Jewish people who had come out from bondage in Egypt, and was telling him not to be afraid of the stronger force they were about to face in battle because He was going to give them the victory.  God was with the Jewish people because He had chosen them to be His.  If you are a born-again Christian God has chosen you to have salvation.

Exodus 3:9-10

 And now the cry of the Israelites has reached me (GOD), and I have seen the way the Egyptians are oppressing them.  So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.”

The Jewish people were being oppressed as slaves in Egypt, so God spoke to Moses out of the burning bush.  God told Him that He had heard the cry of His people and that He would send Moses to bring them out of Egypt.  Just as God heard the cry of the Jewish people, He will hear yours if you cry out to Him.

2 Kings 20:5-6

 “Return and tell Hezekiah (the King) the leader of My people, ‘Thus says the Lord, the God of David your father: “I have heard your prayer, I have seen your tears; surely I will heal you. On the third day you shall go up to the house of the Lord.  And I will add to your days fifteen years. I will deliver you and this city from the hand of the king of Assyria; and I will defend this city for My own sake, and for the sake of My servant David.”’”

King Isaiah was ill, had prayed to God, God heard him and answered his prayer through the prophet Isaiah.

1 John 5:14-15

Now this is the confidence that we have in Him (Jesus Christ), that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.  And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.”

If we are God’s children and ask our petition in the name of Jesus, God will hear us and if it is His will, He will do it.

John 9:31

 Now we know that God does not hear sinners; but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does His will, He hears him.” 1 Peter 3:12 –  “For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their prayers; But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”

The scriptures make it clear that God does not hear sinners, but He does hear His children.  The latter are the ones who have received Jesus as their Lord and Savior.

John 16:24

 Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.” John 14:14 –“If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.”  John 15:16 “You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.”  Matthew 21:22 –“And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.”

God’s promises always have a condition.  What are the conditions here? 1. That you have received Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.  2. That you ask in prayer in the name of Jesus.  3.  That you ask in faith. 4. That you wait patiently expecting to receive your miracle.

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 A MESSAGE OF LOVE

There are many forces working in the world.  Many of them are powerful, negative and destructive.  Others are positive and provide much needed help to our environment and to life itself.  Without them the human race could not survive.  Some of them are the air we breathe, the water in the rivers and in the oceans and, of course, the sun and the moon.  I could mention more, but by now I am quite sure you understand the point.

Yes, there are many forces, but without doubt the oldest one, the one that will never end and the one that makes the biggest difference in our lives is the force of love.  It has the ability to conquer evil, which includes but is not limited to… hatred, rage, violence, jealousy, envy, hopelessness,  disillusionment, despair, tragedies, lack of forgiveness, failure, and anything that may happen in life.

1 Corinthians 13:4-8

In 1 Corinthians 13:4-8, the apostle Paul describes love as:  “ Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up;  does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil;  does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth;  bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.   Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away.”

He could probably have added a few more things to love.  God gave us the perfect example of love in His Son Jesus Christ.  We should try to imitate Him as much as possible. Do you have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ?  He wants to be your friend, God, Lord and Savior. 

1 John 4:8

“He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.” Since God is love and He created us, our love comes from Him.  If we do not love, we are not His children. Do you love?  Are loved by someone?  One thing is sure – God loves you!

1 John 4:19

“We love Him (God) because He first loved us.”  God knew us before we were born and He loved us even then.  In Jeremiah 1:5 it says:  “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you;  I ordained you a prophet to the nations.”  If God knew Jeremiah before he was formed, He also knew us before we were formed. That means He knew you before you were born, when you were in your mother’s womb and He knows you now. 

John 3:16-17

 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.  For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.”  The reason Jesus died for our sins is because Father God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit love us so much.  Regardless of what you may have done, God loves you.  Repent and ask Him to forgive you.

Romans 5:7-8

“For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die.  But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Because Jesus loves you so much He already died on purpose to pay for your sins.  All you have to do is repent, ask God to forgive you and receive Jesus Christ in your heart as your Lord and Savior. Will you do that?

Matthew 22:37-40

A Pharisee, one of the religious leaders, asked Jesus which was the greatest commandment and the Lord replied: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.  This is the first and great commandment.  And the second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.” In essence, what Jesus responded was that there is nothing more important than love.  Are you a loving person?

If you did not come from a loving family, do not let that stop you from loving.  You need to love and be loved.  Other than salvation – spending eternity with God – there is nothing more important than love. 

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USING OUR GIFTS AND TALENTS FOR GOD’S GLORY

God has given each and every one of us gifts and talents.  We are to use them to do God’s will by sharing them with others.  Whatever gifts or talents we have, other people need to benefit from them and we need to benefit from theirs.  It would be extremely selfish of us to keep them to ourselves.  In essence, we would be disobeying God.

Those gifts and talents do not have to be spectacular.  It could be driving, cooking, teaching people to do something they do not know how to do, giving people advice, praying for others, telling people about salvation, helping people in whatever they might need help, or just listening to them when they have problems.

James 1:16-18

 Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren.  Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.  Of His own will He brought us forth by the word of truth, that we might be a kind of first fruits of His creatures.”

Every gift, talent and ability that we have comes from God the Father of lights.  If we are His children we are the lights.  The light comes through the Holy Spirit and the word of God.  Our mission is to tell others about Jesus Christ and how they can spend eternity with Him.   

Ephesians 2:8-10

 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.  For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”

The faith that we have in God and the faith that others have is a gift from God.  All the good works that we may do have been prepared for us by God.  We have to be faithful, obedient and perform those good deeds. We should be looking for opportunities to be a blessing to others.

Romans 12:3-8

 For I (the apostle Paul) say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.  For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function,  so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another.  Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith;  or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching; he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.”

What the apostle Paul is telling us is to use our talents, abilities and gifts that God has given us  to help others.  I should help others and in turn others should help me. That is God’s will for us.

1 Peter 4:8-11

 And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins.”Be hospitable to one another without grumbling.  As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.  If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God. If anyone ministers, let him do it as with the ability which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.”

We should use the gifts, talents and abilities God has given us to help others in a loving way. We should not do it because we are getting paid, not out of duty, not because we are expected to do it, nor out of a guilty conscience.  We should do it out of kindness and out of love.

Luke 6:38

“Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.”

This can refer to money, but it also can refer to just about anything else.  That is because there are many different ways of giving.  You can give of your time, abilities, gifts, talents, knowledge, wisdom, money, possessions and so on.

1 Corinthians 12:  4-10

 There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.  There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all.  But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all:  for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit,  to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit,  to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues.”

These nine gifts are normally called the gifts of the Holy Spirit.  I will not try to explain how they function.  All I will say is that they come through the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit works through a person and those gifts are manifested.  If none of those are being manifested in your life, do not worry.  Exercise your talents, abilities and gifts to the best of your ability as frequently as possible and God will be happy with you.

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GOD HAS CHOSEN YOU

There is a strong possibility that you may have never heard that God has chosen you.  Yes, He has chosen you to spend eternity with Him.  That’s what we call salvation, but being the just and loving God that He is, He gives you the privilege of accepting that free gift or of rejecting it.  Yes, God gives you the right to decide whether to spend eternity with Him, or to spend it with the devil in the lake of fire suffering forever and ever.  It’s your choice!

Ephesians 1:3-6

 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ,  just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.”

God chose you before the foundation of the world.  You have an open invitation to be His child, but if you don’t respond to it, you are dead to Him.  It’s your choice!

Romans 8:29

“For whom He (God) foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren (brothers).”

God chose you before you were born because He wants to give you the opportunity to live with Him forever.  In order to do that, however, you have to repent of your sins, ask God to forgive you, ask Jesus Christ to be your Lord and Savior, and leave any blatant sin you may be involved with behind.  God does not expect you to be perfect, but He does expect you to try to be more like Jesus and less like your sinful self. Yes, it’s possible.  It’s your choice!

Genesis 1:27

“So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.”

God created Adam and Eve on the sixth day of creation.  He chose them to be the first humans on this planet.  Unfortunately they rejected Him when they disobeyed by eating the fruit of the tree of good and evil (Genesis 3:6-7). Let’s hope you accept Jesus and don’t reject Him, because if you do, He will reject you.  It’s your choice!

Genesis 12:1-3

“ The Lord had said to Abram, “Get out of your country, from your kindred (relatives) and from your father’s house, to a land that I will show you.  I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing.  I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”

God chose Abraham to be the father of the Jewish nation – God’s chosen people – and to be the father of the faith for every believer who believes in Jesus Christ, Father God and the Holy Spirit.  You can come to that faith too.  It’s your choice!

Exodus 3:9-12

 Now therefore, behold, the cry of the children of Israel has come unto me (God): and I have also seen the oppression wherewith the Egyptians oppress them.  Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou may bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt.”  And Moses said unto God, “Who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt?” And he said, “Certainly I will be with thee; and this shall be a token unto thee, that I have sent thee: When thou hast brought forth the people out of Egypt, ye shall serve God upon this mountain.”

God chose Moses to deliver His people from bondage from Egypt.  God is sending me to tell you about Him, so you will come out of bondage from sin and from not spending eternity in the lake of fire. 

You may think that God has not chosen you because you don’t have a college degree, have not studied the Bible, have not gone to church, have been involved in sin or for many other reasons, but God has chosen you because He knows your heart.  None of the things I mentioned can keep you out of God’s kingdom if you acknowledge that you need God by repenting, asking Him to forgive you, being willing to leave blatant sin behind, and by accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. 

You may be thinking:  “I don’t know how or where to start.”  Read the following prayer and when you, more or less, understand it, pray it to God aloud in all sincerity and humility. You know what?  He will hear you and make you part of His family.  That means you will spend eternity with Him and not with the devil, his demons and unbelievers in the lake of fire.

“Father God, I repent of all my sins.  Please forgive me.  I believe and I confess that Jesus Christ is Your Son, that He suffered and died on the cross to pay for my sins and that He resurrected on the third day.  Right now He is at Your right hand in heaven interceding for me because He loves me.  I ask You for the Holy Spirit to live in me to guide me and protect me.  Thank You, Jesus, Father God and the Holy Spirit.  Amen.”

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Jesus-and-Earth

Jesus_Heals_a_Blind_ManTHE LORD OF THE HARVEST

The Lord of the harvest, of course, is Jesus.  His harvest is not a crop as a famer may think, but souls.  God’s seed is in the Bible.  That’s because the seed is the word of God.  The word of God through the scriptures and the Holy Spirit comes into a person’s life and changes him or her inside.  When a person receives Jesus Christ as his or her Lord and Savior the seed starts to germinate and then it produces fruit. The fruit is the good works that the new born-again Christian will produce.

1 Corinthians 3:5-9

 Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers through whom you believed, as the Lord gave to each one?  I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase.  So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase.  Now he who plants and he who waters are one, and each one will receive his own reward according to his own labor.  For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, you are God’s building.”

The apostle Paul was explaining that the world is God’s field, He is the Lord of the harvest, and that we – the Christians – are God’s workers. The crop are the people who receive Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.   

Matthew 9:35-38

“Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were wearyand scattered, like sheep having no shepherd.  Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few.  Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.”

The Lord of the harvest is God, the harvest are the people who receive Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior and the laborers are Christians who preach and explain to others how to become children of God.

John 4:35-38

This is what Jesus said: “ Do you not say, ‘There are still four months and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest!  And he who reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit for eternal life, that both he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together.  For in this the saying is true: ‘One sows and another reaps.’  I sent you to reap that for which you have not labored; others have labored, and you have entered into their labors.”

The fields is the world, the harvest are the people who will become born-again Christians, and the one who reaps is God.  That’s because He gains another soul.  The people who serve God are the laborers and we rejoice too when somebody becomes a Christian.

2 Corinthians 9:10-11

“Now may He (God) who supplies seed to the sower (God’s servants), and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness,  while you are enriched in everything for all liberality, which causes thanksgiving through us to God.”

Normally the seed is the word of God, but it can also be money, possessions, wisdom, talents, abilities or anything you may have with which you can bless other people.

John 15:16-17

You did not choose Me (Jesus Christ), but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.  These things I command you, that you love one”

We bear fruit when we bring people into salvation.  That’s when we explain to them the word of God, they receive it, and they become Christians (Christ followers) and will spend eternity with God and not with the devil burning and suffering in the lake of fire.

Mark 16:15-16

 And He (Jesus) said to them (His disciples), “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.”

If we call ourselves “Christians” our task, our mission, our mandate is to tell others about the kingdom of God and how to become part of it – through Jesus Christ.  Do you believe or will you be condemned?  It’s up to you!

Mark 13:26-27

“Then they will see the Son of Man (Jesus Christ) coming in the clouds with great power and glory. And then He will send His angels, and gather together His elect from the four winds, from the farthest part of earth to the farthest part of heaven.”

That will be one of the final harvests.  The elect are the people who have become Christ followers.  They don’t necessarily have religion, they have a relationship with God. Do you have a relationship with Jesus Christ?  If you don’t, you will not be part of the harvest.  If you want to be part of the harvest and maybe even a laborer, receive Jesus Christ in your heart as your Lord and Savior.

In case you want to be harvested, read the following prayer and when you understand most of it,  pray it to God aloud in humility, sincerity and in faith.  He will hear you and will become your Father and your God.  “Father God, I repent of all my sins.  Please forgive me.  I believe and I confess that Jesus Christ Your Son suffered, died and resurrected to pay for my sins.  I ask Him to be my Lord and Savior and I also ask the Holy Spirit to live in me.  I thank You as I ask all this in the precious name of Your Son Jesus Christ.  Amen.”

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 Jesus on the cross

J E S U S   C R U C I F I E D

The main message about God was, is and should always be about the suffering, the death and the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Without that Christianity would be meaningless.  Unfortunately lately the pastors and evangelists are preaching anything but that.  They are preaching about grace, God’s blessings, the end times, the rapture, the anti-Christ, the tribulation and other things, which may be good, but the focus should not be on them, but on Jesus Christ.

Romans 3:23-24

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.”

The reason Jesus gave His life for us is because all of us sin and because we do, we could not inherit the kingdom of God or have eternal life with Him.  Because God loves us so much He made a provision for us to be reconciled with Him.

Hebrews 9:22

 And according to the law almost all things are purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no remission (of sin).”

God always required pure blood for the remission of sins.  Because we are born into sin and because we sin our blood is not pure.  Even if we were to bleed ourselves to death, our blood would not be good enough.  Jesus never sinned.  His blood was pure and perfect.  When He shed His blood on the cross at Calvary it makes us as clean as snow if we receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. Have you received Him in your life as your Lord and Savior?  If you have not you are under condemnation.

John 3:15-17

 That whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.  For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.”

Father God sent His Son Jesus into the world to save us.  We cannot save ourselves, but Jesus, who is God in the flesh, sure can.  We have to believe that He exists, that He is God and that He wants to be our Lord and Savior.  If we respond to His calling we will spend eternity  with Him, but if we don’t we will spend it in the lake of fire burning forever and ever.

2 Corinthians 5:21

“For He (Father God) made Him (Jesus) who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”

Jesus took our sin upon Himself, so we would not have to pay for it by going to hell and later on spending eternity in the lake of fire.  The salvation of our souls is free, but it is not an automatic thing.  We have to repent, ask God to forgive us and make a confession of faith in Jesus Christ.

1 Corinthians 1:18-19

“For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written: “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.”

The apostle Paul clearly understood that to some people believing in God or that Jesus died on the cross to pay for our sins sounds totally crazy, but to the believers, who accept it by faith, it gives them salvation.  I am one of them.  Are you?

Galatians 2:19-22

“For I through the law died to the law that I might live to God. I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.  I do not set aside the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died in vain.”

Basically what the apostle Paul was saying was that he had turned his life completely over to God.  In other words, he was living by godly principles trying to do the will of God in all circumstances, but when he did slip the grace of God would cover him.

1 Corinthians 1:23-24

“But we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.”

The apostle Paul preached that the only way we could have salvation was to believe and confess that Jesus Christ was God in the flesh and that He was crucified, died and resurrected to pay for our sins. Our mission is to do the same thing.

BECOME A CHILD OF GOD

If you believe you are going to heaven because you are a nice person, because you belong to a certain religion, because you are doing good deeds, because you believe there is a god or for any other reason, you are totally mistaken.  The only way you can spend eternity with God and not in the lake of fire is by repenting, asking God to forgive you and accepting Jesus Christ as you Lord and Savior.  If you have never done that, you may do so now.  Pray aloud the following prayer to God.  He will hear you, forgive you and make you His child.

“Dear God, I repent of all my sins.  Please forgive me.  I believe and declare that Jesus Christ is your Son, that He suffered, died and resurrected on the third day to pay for my sins.  I accept His sacrifice and I accept Him as my Lord and Savior.  I also ask the Holy Spirit to live in me, so He can guide me and protect me.  I pray all this in the name of my Lord Jesus Christ.  Amen.”  http://thelivinglights.com    rlsalvation@sbcglobal.net  (11/2/17)

 

NO ONE IS SINLESS

Although many people think they are sinless because they are nice people, because they haven’t hurt anybody or because they do good works, God says they are sinning.  Sometimes people compare themselves to the worse of the lot and because they are not that bad, they think they are righteous and sinless.  However a holy, holy God does not agree with them. The only person who lived a sinless life is Jesus Christ.

Isaiah 6:1-3

“In the year that King Uzziah died, I (the prophet Isaiah) saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple.  Above it stood seraphim; each one had six wings: with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew.  And one cried to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; The whole earth is full of His glory!”

Isaiah saw the God in His throne in heaven and the seraphim were constantly saying:  “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord.”  Nobody, but nobody is holier than God.

Revelation 4:6-8

 Before the throne there was a sea of glass, like crystal. And in the midst of the throne, and around the throne, were four living creatures full of eyes in front and in back.  The first living creature was like a lion, the second living creature like a calf, the third living creature had a face like a man, and the fourth living creature was like a flying eagle.  The four living creatures, each having six wings, were full of eyes around and within. And they do not rest day or night, saying:“Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, Who was and is and is to come!”

This is what John,  the apostle whom Jesus loved, saw in heaven.  The four creatures were constantly saying:  “Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, Who was and is and is to come.” Since God (God the Father, God the Son – Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit) is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8), He was, is and forever will be holy.

2 Corinthians 5:20-21

“Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God.  For He (Father God) made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” 1 John 3:5 – “And you know that He was manifested to take away our sins, and in Him there is no sin.”

Jesus who never sinned died to pay for our sins.  All of us sin and whoever says he has no sin, he is lying.

1 Peter 1:18-19

“knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.”

Peter, one of Jesus’ disciples, tells us that we have been redeemed from our sins by the blood that Jesus Christ shed on the cross at Calvary.  Have you accepted Him as your Lord and Savior?

Romans 3:23

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Being that all of us were born into sin because of Adam and Eve, we sin.  No, we are not holy here on this earth, but we will be holy when we are in heaven.  The ones who do not make it to heaven will not be holy, but damned in the lake of fire with the devil and his demons.  You can avoid that by accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.

Romans 6:23

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

If you do not accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, your wages will be death, which means separation from God eternally – spending eternity in the lake of fire. Jesus already paid for your sins on the cross with the blood He shed and by giving up His life.  All you have to do is accept the sacrifice He made for you.

If you have never accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, you are headed for hell and after the final judgment to the lake of fire to suffer there forever and ever.  It does not matter if you are a nice person, have never hurt anyone, have done many good works or belong to a certain religion.  The only way to get to heaven is through Jesus Christ (John 14:6).  If you want to have eternal life with God and not eternal damnation, pray the following prayer to God aloud in all sincerity and humility.  He will hear you and will forgive all your sins.

“Father God, I know I have sinned, but I repent and I ask You to forgive me.  I believe and confess that Jesus Christ is Your Son, that He bled, died and resurrected on the third day to pay for my sins.  I not only accept His sacrifice, but I accept Him as my Lord and Savior, as well as asking the Holy Spirit to live in me and for You to be my Father.  Amen.”

If you were sincere, your sins have been forgiven.  Now find a good born-again Christian church and congregate there with the rest of the believers.  Come back to my page on a weekly basis to learn more.  God bless you!    http://thelivinglights.com/       (10/26/2017)

THE CHEERFUL GIVER

The Bible tells us that God loves a cheerful giver.  To teach us by example, He was the first one to give.  To begin with He gave us this planet, the sun, the moon, the stars, life and then He gave up His only begotten Son Jesus Christ to save our souls.  Jesus did not only come to make salvation available to us, but also to give us life in abundance (John 10:10).

2 Corinthians 9:6-7

“But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.  So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.”

God wants us to sow bountifully and cheerfully.  Depending how much we sow and with what spirit or intent we sow, that will determine what we reap.

Luke 6:38

“Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.”

With the same measure we give, it will be given back to us.  If we give very little of ourselves, we get very little back.  If we give a lot, we receive a lot.  The solution is in our hands.

Mark 12:41-44

“Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts.  But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents. Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.”

It’s not about the amount we give, but rather about how much we give according  to our resources and with the attitude we give it.

2 Chronicles 1:5-7

 Now the bronze altar that Bezalel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, had made, he put before the tabernacle of the Lord; Solomon and the assembly sought Him there.  And Solomon went up there to the bronze altar before the Lord, which was at the tabernacle of meeting, and offered a thousand burnt offerings on it. On that night God appeared to Solomon, and said to him, “Ask! What shall I give you?”

Basically God gave “carte blanche” to Solomon.  Because he had offered a thousand burnt offerings to God, God would grant any wish he had.  That can happen to any of us if we dedicate our lives to the Lord.

1 Kings 17:10-16

 So he (the prophet Elijah) went to Zarephath. When he came to the town gate, a widow was there gathering sticks. He called to her and asked, ‘Would you bring me a little water in a jar so I may have a drink?’  As she was going to get it, he called, ‘And bring me, please, a piece of bread. ’As surely as the Lord your God lives,’ she replied, ‘I don’t have any bread – only a handful of flour in a jar and a little olive oil in a jug. I am gathering a few sticks to take home and make a meal for myself and my son, that we may eat it – and die. ’Elijah said to her, ‘Don’t be afraid. Go home and do as you have said. But first make a small loaf of bread for me from what you have and bring it to me, and then make something for yourself and your son.  For this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: “The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry until the day the Lord sends rain on the land.”’ She went away and did as Elijah had told her. So there was food every day for Elijah and for the woman and her family. For the jar of flour was not used up and the jug of oil did not run dry, in keeping with the word of the Lord spoken by Elijah.”

Because the widow obeyed, God blessed her and her son.  If she had not provided for the prophet, God would probably not have provided for her.  The will of God is for us to share with other people the blessings He has bestowed on us. Yes, it can be money, but it also can be many other things.

Acts 5:1-11

But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession.  And he kept back part of the proceeds, his wife also being aware of it, and brought a certain part and laid it at the apostles’ feet. But Peter said, “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and keep back part of the price of the land for yourself?  While it remained, was it not your own? And after it was sold, was it not in your own control? Why have you conceived this thing in your heart? You have not lied to men but to God.”Then Ananias, hearing these words, fell down and breathed his last. So great fear came upon all those who heard these things.  And the young men arose and wrapped him up, carried him out, and buried him. Now it was about three hours later when his wife came in, not knowing what had happened. And Peter asked her, “Tell me whether you sold the land for so much?”She said, “Yes, for so much.”Then Peter said to her, “How is it that you have agreed together to test the Spirit of the Lord? Look, the feet of those who have buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out.”  Then immediately she fell down at his feet and breathed her last. And the young men came in and found her dead, and carrying her out, buried her by her husband.  So great fear came upon all the church and upon all who heard these things.”

Apparently Ananias and his wife Sapphira were not cheerful givers.  They even lied about it.  Unlike them, God wants us to be cheerful givers.  Our giving should not just be money or possessions, but our time, talents, abilities, intelligence, wisdom advice and with whatever else God may have blessed us.  We should share as much as possible.  Are you giving back to society, or are you keeping it all to yourself?   http://thelivinglights.com/  (10/19/2017)

 

A  P  O  S  T  A  S  Y

What is apostasy?  According to The Oxford Dictionary and Thesaurus apostasy is “renunciation of a belief,  faith or principles,  especially religious.”  The New King James Bibles defines it as:  “A falling away from God’s truth.” Regardless of which definition we receive, that is exactly what is happening in the United States to the Bible and to the Christian beliefs.  They are being exchanged for what the people want to hear.

Exodus 32:1-6

Because Moses spend 40 days with God on Mt. Sinai when he received THE TEN COMMANDMENTS, the people got impatient, made themselves a golden calf, started worshiping it and therefore fell into apostasy.

“ Now when the people saw that Moses delayed coming down from the mountain, the people gathered together to Aaron, and said to him, “Come, make us gods that shall go before us; for as for this Moses, the man who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.” And Aaron said to them, “Break off the golden earrings which are in the ears of your wives, your sons, and your daughters, and bring them to me.” So all the people broke off the golden earrings which were in their ears, and brought them to Aaron. And he received the gold from their hand, and he fashioned it with an engraving tool, and made a molded calf. Then they said, “This is your god, O Israel, that brought you out of the land of Egypt!” So when Aaron saw it, he built an altar before it. And Aaron made a proclamation and said, “Tomorrow is a feast to the Lord.” Then they rose early on the next day, offered burnt offerings, and brought peace offerings; and the people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.”

1 Kings 12:28-33

As you will read below, Jeroboam was the king of the northern tribes of Israel. Instead of following God’s command through the priests for the people to worship God in the temple in Jerusalem, the king made other provisions.  This, of course, was apostasy.

 Therefore the king asked advice, made two calves of gold, and said to the people, “It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem. Here are your gods, O Israel, which brought you up from the land of Egypt!” And he set up one in Bethel, and the other he put in Dan. Now this thing became a sin, for the people went to worship before the one as far as Dan.  He made shrines on the high places, and made priests from every class of people, who were not of the sons of Levi. Jeroboam ordained a feast on the fifteenth day of the eighth month, like the feast that was in Judah, and offered sacrifices on the altar. So he did at Bethel, sacrificing to the calves that he had made. And at Bethel he installed the priests of the high places which he had made.  So he made offerings on the altar which he had made at Bethel on the fifteenth day of the eighth month, in the month which he had devised in his own heart. And he ordained a feast for the children of Israel, and offered sacrifices on the altar and burned incense.”

2 Timothy 4:3

 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers.”

That time has come.  The people just hear what they want to hear.  Many pastors and evangelists knowing that is what the people want are giving them exactly that.  Of course that leads to heresy (teaching contrary to the truth) and apostasy.

2 Peter 2:1-3

“ But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction. And many will follow their destructive ways, because of whom the way of truth will be blasphemed.  By covetousness they will exploit you with deceptive words; for a long time their judgment has not been idle, and their destruction does not slumber.”

From the beginning of time as we know it someone has been giving false doctrine.  The first one, of course, was the devil in heaven and later on in the garden of Eden.  Because we are at the end of the age, there are many  false prophets, pastors and evangelists.  Remember…”Not everything that glitters is gold.” Do not be deceived by their convincing words, but check everything with the word of God in the Bible.

1 Timothy 4:1-3

“Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron,  forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth.”

We are living in the latter times where people are departing from the faith and are giving heed to deceiving spirits.  There is a religion that forbids its leaders to marry and to eat meat on Fridays just as the Bible predicted two-thousand years ago.  Many pastors and evangelists are giving the people false doctrine because that’s what brings in the money to them.  In Matthew 6:24, Jesus tells us that we cannot serve both Him and mammon (money, fame, possessions, etcetera).

2 John 9:11

 Whoever transgresses and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God. He who abides in the doctrine of Christ has both the Father and the Son.  If anyone comes to you and does not bring this doctrine, do not receive him into your house nor greet him; for he who greets him shares in his evil deeds.”

He who does not believe in God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit and that the Holy Bible is the word of God, according to 2 Timothy 3:16 does not have salvation.  We should not be unequally yoked with them (2 Corinthians 6:14).

Galatians 1:6-9

“I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel,  which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ.  But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed.  As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed.”

The apostle Paul was talking to some of the members of the first church – the Christian church at its inception.  Even then they were listening to false doctrines.  There was heresy (teaching contrary to the truth) and apostasy.

Do not fall into believing that:  1. You will go to heaven because you are not harming anybody. 2. You will be saved by your good works.  3. You are automatically saved because you belong to a certain religion.  4. Once you receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior you can sin as much as you want because you are saved by grace. 5. You will go to heaven because you are killing people for your god.  6.  You will go to heaven because there are many ways of getting there.  7. That God would not send you to hell, regardless of your beliefs or lifestyle because He is a loving God.

What you believe or do not believe does not affect or change the facts.  There is a heaven, a hell, a lake of fire, a devil, demons, God’s angels and, of course, God.  The real living God happens to be the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob - the God of the Jews.  If you worship some other god or do not believe that God exists, you will wind up spending eternity in the lake of fire suffering throughout eternity.  If that thought does not appeal to you, then simply repent, and become a born-again Christian.  You may do that by reading the following prayer several times.  After you understand it, pray it to God aloud in all sincerity and humility.  He will hear you and will accept you as His child.

“Father God, I know I have sinned, but I sincerely repent.  Please forgive me and cover my sins with the blood of Your Son Jesus Christ.   I believe and confess that He died on the cross to pay for my sins, but I also know that He rose from the dead on the third day.  I ask Him to be my Lord and Savior and for Your Holy Spirit to live in me to guide me and help me live this life. Amen.”

Regardless of your past, if you prayed the prayer in all sincerity, you have been completely forgiven by God.  Find a good born-again Christian church and start attending it.  Read the Bible and fellowship with other Christians.  Read my blog once a week.  I update it on Wednesdays or Thursdays.  May our God bless you!   http://thelivinglights.com/    rlsalvation@sbcglobal.net  (10/12/2017)

NO OTHER GOD

God makes it very clear in the Bible that there is no other God and that we are to worship Him and Him alone.  If we worship anybody else or anything else, it is idol worship and God definitely hates that.  If we worship anything else other than the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob we do not have salvation and will spend eternity in the lake of fire. Do you understand the severity of that?

Exodus 20:1-6

“I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before Me. You shall not make for yourself a carved image—any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth;  you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.”

God was talking to the Israelites, but, at the same time, He could have been talking to us.  He did not take us out of Egypt, but He took us out of sin.  Some religions worship celestial bodies, others worship animals and still others worship so-called saints.  It does not matter what they worship if it’s anything other than God, they will wind up burning and suffering in the lake of fire forever and ever.

John 14:5-7

 “ Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?”Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him.”

There is only one Creator and one Savior and that one is Jesus Christ, and there is only one God and one way to heaven. That God manifests Himself in three ways; God the Father, Jesus Christ the Son and the Holy Spirit. That God is  the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob – the God of the Jewish people and the God of any believer who receives Jesus Christ in his heart as his Lord and Savior.  You can be one of them.

Jeremiah 25:6-7

 Do not go after other gods to serve them and worship them, and do not provoke Me (God) to anger with the works of your hands; and I will not harm you.’ Yet you have not listened to Me,” says the Lord, “that you might provoke Me to anger with the works of your hands to your own hurt.”

Through the prophet Jeremiah, God tells the Jewish people not to go after other gods.  The main reason is that there are no other gods.  The second reason is that God is a jealous God . People make images of so-called saints, virgins or gods and worship them.  That only brings God’s wrath upon them.

Deuteronomy 4:23-24

 Take heed to yourselves, lest you forget the covenant of the Lord your God which He made with you, and make for yourselves a carved image in the form of anything which the Lord your God has forbidden you.  For the Lord your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God.”

God is a jealous God and if you worship idols, His wrath will fall on you, you will wind up in hell and later on you will spend eternity in the lake of fire.

Deuteronomy 6:14-15

“You shall not go after other gods, the gods of the peoples who are all around you (for the Lord your God is a jealous God among you), lest the anger of the Lord your God be aroused against you and destroy you from the face of the earth.”

God was talking to the Israelites, but what He told them applies to us as well.  If you don’t believe that, just look at all the catastrophes happening around the world. No, it’s not “mother nature.”  It is God removing His protection from us because of the way we are living.  The Unites States is moving farther and farther away from God and the results are extremely visible.

Even a blind person can see them and understand them.

If you are worshiping nothing or are worshiping something else other than the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, you will be going to hell and later on to the lake of fire to spend eternity there. However, if you do not want to suffer that fate, all you have to do is repent, ask God to forgive you, receive Jesus Christ in your heart as your Lord and Savior and start living a Christian life according to God’s principles.  No, you won’t become perfect here on earth, but you will spend eternity with God because He will forgive all your sins.  If you do not know how to become a son or daughter of God, read the following prayer and when you understand it and agree with it, pray it to God aloud.  He will hear you and will forgive you completely.

“Father God, I know I have sinned, but I have repented.  Please forgive me as I ask Your Son Jesus Christ to be my Lord and Savior. I confess and believe that He paid for my sins and that He  resurrected from the dead on the third day.  Cover me with His blood and allow the Holy Spirit to live in me, so He can guide me and protect me. Thank You, Father. Amen.”

Read my entire page and keep coming back to it once a week.  I normally update it on Wednesdays or Thursdays.   http://thelivinglights.com    (10/5/17)

DON’T LEAVE ANYTHING UNFINISHED

We Should always finish what we start, unless we realize that what we are trying to do is totally wrong.  Most of the patriarchs in the Bible finished what they set out to do.  They went through failures, disappointments, opposition and dangers until death, but they fulfilled the assignment God had given them.   There are many examples, but the very best one, of course, is Jesus Christ.  He stood firm until death.

Genesis 2:1-3

“Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array. By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.”

God did not rest until He had finished His creation.  He always finishes what He starts.

Philippians 1:3-6

 I thank my God every time I remember you.  In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy  because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”

The apostle Paul was telling the Philippians that the good work God had started in them would be carried out to its completion.  God will do the same thing for us, because He does not quit in midstream.

Acts 7:29-30

 When Moses heard this, he fled to Midian, where he settled as a foreigner and had two sons. After forty years had passed, an angel appeared to Moses in the flames of a burning bush in the desert near Mount Sinai.”

Moses had killed an Egyptian who was mistreating a Jewish person, but he thought nobody knew about it.  When he heard that it was common knowledge, and being afraid the Pharaoh was going to have him killed, he fled from Egypt. He spent 40 years tending his father-in-law’s sheep.  He did not leave that assignment until God gave him a new one.

Deuteronomy 34:5-8

“And Moses the servant of the Lord died there in Moab, as the Lord had said. He buried himin Moab, in the valley opposite Beth Peor, but to this day no one knows where his grave is. Moses was a hundred and twenty years old when he died, yet his eyes were not weak nor his strength gone. The Israelites grieved for Moses in the plains of Moab thirty days, until the time of weeping and mourning was over.”

Moses brought his people out of bondage from Egypt at 80 years old and he led them until he was 120 years old.  He served God until God took him home.

2 Timothy 4:5-8

 But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry. For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure is at hand.  I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.”

The apostle Paul is telling his disciple Timothy that he – Paul – has finished the work God had assigned to him.  He is now getting ready to die and go to heaven. All of us have an assignment that God has given us.  Two scriptures will make this very clear to us.

Matthew 22:37-40 – “Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’  This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’  All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Jesus told this to the Pharisees, but it applies to us as well.

Matthew 28:19-20 – “And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.  Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,  teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.”

This message is telling us not to leave anything unfinished.  That includes loving people, loving God, making disciples by teaching them the word of God.  If we die without doing those three things, we leave unfinished business and God will judge us for that.               (9/28/17)   http://thelivinglights.com/

NOT EVERYTHING THAT GLITTERS IS GOLD

The saying “Not everything that glitters is gold” applies to many areas of our lives.  Many times what appears to be good at first glance turns out not to be good at all. Living life as we see fit seems very attractive to us, but in the end it will not only destroy us physically, but in all probability it will also send us to hell and after the judgment to the lake of fire, where we will spend eternity.

Genesis 3:6-7

“When the woman (Eve) saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband (Adam), who was with her, and he ate it.  Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.”

God had told Adam and Eve not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, but because it looked pleasant to them, they ate of it. Because they did, God cast them out of the garden of Eden.  Sin entered the world through them and that is why we have so many problems now. Don’t blame the world’s problems on God, but rather to the devil and to Adam and Eve.

Genesis 19:3-5

“But he (Lot – Abraham’s nephew) insisted so strongly that they (the two angels) did go with him and entered his house. He prepared a meal for them, baking bread without yeast, and they ate. Before they had gone to bed, all the men from every part of the city of Sodom—both young and old—surrounded the house.  They called to Lot, “Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us so that we can have sex with them.”

The men of the city wanted to have sex with the two male angels.  In other words the city was filled with homosexuals and lesbians.  They were up to sexual perversion.  The angels took Lot and his two daughters out of the city and God destroyed it.  Being gay seemed right to the residents, but it brought God’s wrath on Sodom and Gomorrah.  Not everything that glitters is gold.

Judges 16:15-21

Then she (Delilah)  said to him (Samson), “How can you say, ‘I love you,’ when you won’t confide in me? This is the third time you have made a fool of me and haven’t told me the secret of your great strength.”  With such nagging she prodded him day after day until he was sick to death of it. So he told her everything. “No razor has ever been used on my head,” he said, “because I have been a Nazirite dedicated to God from my mother’s womb. If my head were shaved, my strength would leave me, and I would become as weak as any other man.” When Delilah saw that he had told her everything, she sent word to the rulers of the Philistines, “Come back once more; he has told me everything.” So the rulers of the Philistines returned with the silver in their hands.  After putting him to sleep on her lap, she called for someone to shave off the seven braids of his hair, and so began to subdue him. And his strength left him. Then she called, “Samson, the Philistines are upon you!” He awoke from his sleep and thought, “I’ll go out as before and shake myself free.” But he did not know that the Lord had left him. Then the Philistines seized him, gouged out his eyes and took him down to Gaza. Binding him with bronze shackles, they set him to grinding grain in the prison.”

Samson fell in love with a Philistine prostitute.  She looked good to him, but she brought his complete destruction – ultimately his death.  Not everything that glitters is gold.  Many would-be stars go to the glitter of Hollywood and wind up being totally disappointed. 

Exodus 32:1-8

“ When the people saw that Moses was so long in coming down from the mountain, they gathered around Aaron and said, “Come, make us gods who will go before us. As for this fellow Moses who brought us up out of Egypt, we don’t know what has happened to him.” Aaron answered them, “Take off the gold earrings that your wives, your sons and your daughters are wearing, and bring them to me.” So all the people took off their earrings and brought them to Aaron. He took what they handed him and made it into an idol cast in the shape of a calf, fashioning it with a tool. Then they said, “These are your gods, Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt.” When Aaron saw this, he built an altar in front of the calf and announced, “Tomorrow there will be a festival to the Lord.” So the next day the people rose early and sacrificed burnt offerings and presented fellowship offerings. Afterward they sat down to eat and drink and got up to indulge in revelry. Then the Lord said to Moses, “Go down, because your people, whom you brought up out of Egypt, have become corrupt.  They have been quick to turn away from what I commanded them and have made themselves an idol cast in the shape of a calf. They have bowed down to it and sacrificed to it and have said, ‘These are your gods, Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt.’”

The idol was shiny made of gold and probably looked pretty, but it brought the wrath of God against the people.  Not everything that looks good to the eye is good for us. God punished those sinners and they spent 40 years in the desert, instead of 2 or 3 weeks. Since appearances can be deceiving, we have to learn to discern what is good and what is bad.

Luke 22:1-6

“Now the Festival of Unleavened Bread, called the Passover, was approaching,  and the chief priests and the teachers of the law were looking for some way to get rid of Jesus, for they were afraid of the people.  Then Satan entered Judas, called Iscariot, one of the Twelve.  And Judas went to the chief priests and the officers of the temple guard and discussed with them how he might betray Jesus.  They were delighted and agreed to give him money.  He consented, and watched for an opportunity to hand Jesus over to them when no crowd was present.”

I am sure the 30 pieces of silver that the priests gave Judas looked tempting to him, but not everything that glitters is gold.  If you read the Bible, He hung himself afterward. He made two wrong decisions in succession.

Think of your own experiences when something that looked good to you at the beginning turned out to be bad.  The moral of this message is: Don’t fall for everything that looks good. Investigate and pray about it before you get involved with anything or before you make any substantial decision.  Stay away from drinking, smoking, using drugs, sex out of wedlock, illegal activities and so on.  Remember this:  Not everything that glitters is gold.   http://thelivinglights.com/  9/21/17

GOD IS NOT A MAN THAT HE SHOULD CHANGE

Ever since the beginning of time, men have changed. Unfortunately most of the time it has been for the worse.  Adam and Eve were the first humans to change by becoming disobedient. Their son Cain followed their example of disobedience. God, on the other hand, never ever changes.  If He were to change, He would be just like one of us and would not be God.

Revelation 1:8

“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End,” says the Lord,“who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”

Jesus Himself tells us who He is.  He is God, of course, who has always been and always will be. He will never cease to exist and He will never quit being what He is…God.

Hebrews 13:8

The author of the Book of Hebrews said: “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.”

Because He is God, He cannot change and because the Bible is His word it will not change either.  That means we can and should live our lives according to the scriptures.

 Psalm 102:27

 But You (God)  are the same, and Your years will have no end.” A psalmist, knowing that God is the Creator of everything that exists,  is praising Him for who He is. He is acknowledging that God had no beginning and He will have no end.  He lives forever and ever.

James 1:17

 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights (Father God), with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.”

God is the Father of lights and since we are His children, we are the lights.  With Him there is no variation nor shadow of turning.  He will always be the same.

Matthew 24:35 and Luke 21:33

“Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.”

Jesus Himself said this about His words – the ones He had taught to His disciples.  They hold true for us today and will hold true eternally.

Numbers 23:19

“God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do?  Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?”

God does not have to repent because He has never sinned and will fulfill what He said He would do because if He were not to do it, He would have lied and that is something He cannot do.  He cannot change.

Titus 1:1-3

“Paul, a bondservant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God’s elect and the acknowledgment of the truth which accords with godliness,  in hope of eternal life which God, who cannot lie, promised before time began,  but has in due time manifested His word through preaching, which was committed to me according to the commandment of God our Savior.”

Our hope of eternal life is in Jesus Christ, which He promises to us if we repent (Acts 3:19), ask God to forgive us (1 John 1:9), leave our sinful ways (2 Chronicles 7:14), and if we confess that Jesus Christ died, was raised from the dead  (Romans 10:9-10) and is now at the right hand of the Father interceding for us (  Romans 8:34).

Since God has never lied or changed, cannot change or lie and will never change, we can be assured that if we follow Jesus’ teachings we will spend eternity with Him.  In case you don’t know how to begin, start by reading the following prayer.  When you understand it, pray it to God aloud in faith and in all sincerity.  He will hear you, will forgive all your sins, and will make you His son/daughter.  In spite of what you may have done, He loves you!

“Father God, I repent of all my sins.  Please forgive me.  I believe and confess that Jesus Christ is Your Son, that He suffered and died on the cross to pay for my sins.  He resurrected on the third day and is now at your right hand interceding for me because I accept Him as my Lord and Savior.  I also ask the Holy Spirit to live in me, so He can guide me, protect me and be my friend. Thank You, Father!  Amen.”

Get yourself a Bible and start reading the Gospel of John.  Start attending a born-again Christian church and make friends there.  People will welcome you there.  Keep coming back to my page – thelivinglights.com   I update it every Wednesday or Thursday.  God bless you!   (9/14/17)

WHOM THE SON SETS FREE…

The Bible tells us that if the Son – Jesus Christ – sets us free, we are free indeed. It does not necessarily mean free from slavery, communism, a dictatorship or from a physical situation.   It means free from sin, from fear, anxiety, worries, hatred, lack of forgiveness, evil thoughts and everything that comes from the flesh, the world, the devil and not from God.  He frees us inwardly, not necessarily outwardly.  our circumstances may not change, but we change.

John 8:31-36

 Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed.  And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” They answered Him, “We are Abraham’s descendants, and have never been in bondage to anyone. How can You say, ‘You will be made free’?”  Jesus answered them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin.  And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever.  Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.”

Every single person sins and our sin condemns us to eternal separation from God.  That means we should spend eternity suffering in the lake of fire, but since God loves us so much, He sent His only begotten Son Jesus Christ to die on the cross in our place to pay for our sins.  If we accept that sacrifice, we will spend eternity with God.  If we do not accept it, for whatever the reason, we will receive God’s wrath eternally in the lake of fire. 

Romans 8:1-2

 There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.”

There is no condemnation for the people who follow Jesus Christ – the Christians -. If you are not a Christian and if you have not received Jesus in your heart as your Lord and Savior, God’s condemnation is still on you, but if you repent and receive Jesus Christ in your life, the Son will set you free from that condemnation.  If you don’t know how to do that, I will show you at the end of this message.

Romans 12:2

“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”

What the apostle Paul is saying is that to become a Christian you have to transform your mind – change your way of thinking.  You become free of trying to fool, deceive, trick or undo people out of their possessions, instead you are now trying to help them.  Instead of just trying to live for yourself, you now live to please God and to help other people.  In essence, you become a new person leaving behind selfishness, greed, envy, jealousy, hatred, covetousness, anxiety  and every other sin that goes directly against God’s will.

Philippians 4:6-7

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;  and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

If the Son – Jesus Christ – sets us free, does that mean that we won’t have any troubles?  Not at all! It only means that we turn them over to God, refuse to worry about them and God will help us resolve them.  After all, His ways, power, intelligence and wisdom are much, much higher than ours (Isaiah 55:8-9).

Galatians 5:1

Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.”

Once we leave the sin behind, we should not go back to it.  Although it is referring to religious rituals or traditions, it applies to any sin, such as using drugs, drinking, stealing, violence, prostitution, same-sex marriage and so on.  Allow God to set you free from any type of bondage and remain in that condition the rest of your life.

If you want to be free indeed from the wrath of God, all you have to do is repent, ask God to forgive you, receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior and leave your sinful ways behind.  You do not have to wait until you clean yourself because that may never happen.  You accept Jesus by faith and He will clean you up.   If you want to become a child of God, be a better person and spend eternity with God, instead of suffering in the lake of fire, pray the following prayer to God aloud in all sincerity and humility.  He will hear you and will receive you as His child.

“Father God, I repent of all my sins and I ask You to forgive me.  I also ask Your Son Jesus Christ to be my Lord and Savior and for the Holy Spirit to live in me.  I confess and believe that Jesus died on the cross to pay for my sins, that He resurrected from the dead on the third day, and that some days later He ascended to heaven where He is at your right hand interceding for me.  Thank You, Father!  Amen.”

If you prayed that prayer and meant it, you are now free from whatever sin was holding you captive. As of this moment, all your sins have been forgiven. You have a perfectly clean slate. Every night before you go to bed ask God to forgive you for the sins of that day and He will.  Find a good born-again Christian church, make friends there and start attending it on a regular basis.  God bless you!   (9/7/17)   thelivinglights.com

 

BE HOLY AS I AM HOLY

God wants His children to be holy. Who are His children? Anyone who receives Jesus Christ in his heart as his Lord and Savior is a child of God. According to The Oxford Dictionary and Thesaurus, one of the definitions of holy is:  “Belonging to, devoted to, or empowered, by God.” If we are His children, He empowers us, protects us, guides us and blesses us.  Are you His child?

1 Peter 1:15-16

 But as He (God) who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.”

God is holy and perfect.  We will never be perfect, but we can be devoted to Him by trying to do His will, and not ours, as much as possible.   In other words, we should try to stay away from sin as much as it is within our power.

Leviticus 11:44-45

 For I am the Lord your God. You shall therefore consecrate yourselves, and you shall be holy; for I am holy. Neither shall you defile yourselves with any creeping thing that creeps on the earth. For I am the Lord who brings you up out of the land of Egypt, to be your God. You shall therefore be holy, for I am holy.”

God brought the Jewish people out of bondage in Egypt and He was telling them to be holy and not to defile themselves.  When we received Jesus Christ in our lives, we became God’s children.  He did not bring us out of Egypt, but He brought us out of sin. That’s because Jesus paid for our sins on the cross at Calvary.

Leviticus 19:2

“The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say to them: ‘You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy.’”

God wants a holy people.  He wants us to live a godly life.  If every human being were to do that, there would be no trouble in this world.  It would be a perfect one, but since sin entered the world through Adam and Eve, that will never happen until we are in heaven.

Leviticus 20:6-8

“And the person who turns to mediums and familiar spirits, to prostitute himself with them, I (God) will set My face against that person and cut him off from his people.  Consecrate yourselves therefore, and be holy, for I am the Lord your God. And you shall keep My statutes, and perform them: I am the Lord who sanctifies you.”

God hates witchcraft and idolatry.  If you are into that, repent, ask God to forgive you and refrain from doing that.  If you don’t, you will wind up in the lake of fire burning eternally.  Be holy, which means keeping God’s statues – commandments.  It’s not difficult!

Leviticus 20:26-27

“And you shall be holy to Me, for I the Lord am holy, and have separated you from the peoples, that you should be Mine. ‘A man or a woman who is a medium, or who has familiar spirits, shall surely be put to death; they shall stone them with stones. Their blood shall be upon them.’”

God chose the Jewish people to be His and separated them from all the other nations.  When we receive Jesus as our Lord and Savior, God separates us from all the unbelievers in the world and opens the gates of heaven to us.

Ephesians 1:3-6

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ,  just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love,  having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will,  to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.

Because God lives out of time, He knows everything and is seeing everything that happened in the past,  that is happening now and that will happen in the future.  Because of that, He knew before time began who would repent and choose Him as his God.  Consequently He chose those people for salvation – to spend eternity with Him.  Are you one of them?

If you don’t know whether you have been chosen by God or not, simply repent, ask God to forgive your sins, receive Jesus Christ in your heart as your Lord and Savior and live a godly life from now on.  If you have never done that, in all humility and sincerity pray the following prayer aloud to Him.  He will hear you and you will become one of His children.

“Father God, I know I have sinned.  I repent of all my sins.  I ask You to forgive me as I confess that Jesus is Your Son that He suffered and died on the cross and resurrected on the third day to pay for my sins.  I make Him my Lord and Savior and I also ask the Holy Spirit to live in me. Thank You, Father!  Amen.”

If you prayed that prayer to God and you meant it, you are now a son/daughter of God.  Keep coming back to my page – thelivinglights.com – as I update it every Wednesday or Thursday.  (8/31/17)

 

DO NOT BE DISCOURAGED

Some people become discouraged easier than others, but nevertheless most of us become discouraged at one point or another.  Many inventions have not been invented, many businesses have not been opened, and many good plans have failed because people have become discouraged.  To avoid becoming discouraged we have to maintain a positive attitude,  keep our eyes on the goal and pray to God – this only applies to Christian people.  If you have never received Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, keep reading and you will have the opportunity to do so.

Philippians 4:6-7

 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;  and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

Instead of being discouraged, anxious or quitting, you should bring up our problem or problems to God and He will give you peace of mind.

Isaiah 41:10

“Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”

If you are a Christian, do not fear, do not dismay and do not be discouraged because God will help you.  He will see you through the situation.

Joshua 1:9

 Have I (GOD) not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

This is what God told Joshua when the latter replaced Moses as leader of the Jewish people. Guess what?  God is telling you the same thing.

Isaiah 40:31

“But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.”

If you remain steadfast, God will be with you, will renew your strength, so you can see the situation through and accomplish your goal.

Psalm 34:17-19

The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears, and delivers them out of all their troubles. The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart, and saves such as have a contrite spirit.  Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all.”

If you are a righteous Christian and you cry out to God, He will hear you and deliver you from your troubles.  It does not mean that you will not have troubles, but it does mean that God will be with you.

Psalm 55:22

“Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.”

Cast your burdens on the Lord Jesus and He will help you.  He is Jehovah Jireh, which means the God who provides.  He is also Jehovah Rapha – the God who heals.

Philippians 4:19

“And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”

Do not worry because God will supply all your needs, not necessarily your wants or your desires.

Matthew 11:28-29

Come to me (Jesus Christ), all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from Me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”

If you are dismayed, disillusioned, discouraged and do not seem to have any hope, come to Jesus.  Not only will He give you rest, but He will give you that peace that surpasses all understanding (Philippians 4:7). If you have never accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, this is your perfect opportunity.  Read the following prayer and when you understand it, pray it to God aloud in all humility and sincerity and He will give you eternal life.  You will spend eternity with him.  If you have a Bible read John 3:3,  John 3:15-17, John 14:6 and Romans 10:9-10.

“Father God, I know I have sinned, but I repent of all my sins, and I ask You to forgive me  as I receive Jesus Christ in my heart as my Lord and Savior.  I also ask You to fill me with the Holy Spirit that I may live a life according to your will.  Thank You, Father God.  Amen.”

You are now a child of God.  Find a good born-again Christian church where they teach directly from the Bible.  Start reading the Bible and start socializing with Christian friends. God bless you!  (8/24/17)  thelivinglights.com

 

DO IT WHILE YOU CAN

Opportunities to do good and to do the will of God are just that. Many times they present themselves only once and sometimes  we are not even expecting them. Opportunities normally happen at a specific time, at a specific place to a specific person.  We have to learn to take advantage of them when they happen.  Once they are gone, they are gone.

Galatians 6:9-10

“And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.”

We should try to do good at all times.  Even if we cannot help physically or financially we can give people the proper advice and encourage them.

Colossians 4:4

 Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time. Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.”

The ones who are outside are the ones who have not received Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, and therefore will wind up in hell if we don’t witness to them.  Redeeming the time means to use it wisely and to take advantages of the opportunities that arise.

2 Timothy 4:2

“I (Paul the apostle) charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom:  Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching.  For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers;  and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.”

We should be willing and ready to give the word of God and to help others at all times. Many pastors and evangelists are teaching “the false feel good message.” We should be ready, willing and able to teach the true one at any given moment.  If we wait for the perfect time, it may never get here.

Genesis 25:29-33

 And Jacob cooked a stew; Esau came from the field, and he was weary.  And Esau said to Jacob, “Feed me, I pray thee, with that same red stew; for I am weary.”  Therefore was his name called Edom.  And Jacob said, “Sell me this day thy birthright.”  And Esau said, “Behold, I am at the point to die: and what profit shall this birthright do to me?”  And Jacob said, “Swear to me this day.”  So he swore to him: and he sold his birthright to Jacob.”

Two big points here:  1. Esau despised his birthright, which in those days was extremely important.  2.  Jacob took advantage of the situation.

Luke 10:30-36

 “A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, who stripped him of his clothing, wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead.  Now by chance a certain priest came down that road. And when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. Likewise a Levite, when he arrived at the place, came and looked, and passed by on the other side. But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was. And when he saw him, he had compassion. So he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine; and he set him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him.  On the next day, when he departed,he took out two denarii (the money used in those days), gave them to the innkeeper, and said to him, ‘Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I come again, I will repay you.’  So which of these three do you think was neighbor to him who fell among the thieves?” And he said, “He who showed mercy on him.”  Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”

This was a parable that Jesus told a lawyer who was trying to trick him.  The Jews and the Samaritans hated each other.  Samaritans and Jews never helped each other.  The Samaritan went totally against his culture and seized the opportunity to do good.

Nehemiah 2:4-8

 Then the king said to me, “What do you request?” So I prayed to the God of heaven. And I said to the king, “If it pleases the king, and if your servant has found favor in your sight, I ask that you send me to Judah, to the city of my fathers’ tombs, that I may rebuild it.”  Then the king said to me (the queen also sitting beside him), “How long will your journey be? And when will you return?” So it pleased the king to send me; and I set him a time. Furthermore I said to the king, “If it pleases the king, let letters be given to me for the governors of the region beyond the River, that they must permit me to pass through till I come to Judah,  and a letter to Asaph the keeper of the king’s forest, that he must give me timber to make beams for the gates of the citadel which pertains to the temple, for the city wall, and for the house that I will occupy.” And the king granted them to me according to the good hand of my God upon me.”

Nehemiah was the king’s cupbearer.  One day the king noticed that Nehemiah was sad, and so he asked him what was wrong. Nehemiah took advantage of the situation explaining the problem of the Jewish people to the king and the latter send him to Judah to help his people. 

ISAIAH 55:6

“Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near.”

What that scripture is telling us is that Salvation will not always be available.  It will not be available once we have died without accepting the Lord Jesus as our Lord and Savior.  At that time we will be in hell, and it will be too late to repent or to ask Jesus into our hearts.

Do not waste your life on drugs, drinking, being lazy or anything else.  Get the most out of life.  Make a difference in our society and also for the kingdom of God.  Leave a legacy of helping people and of being a good Christian person.  Do not follow the herd.  If you do, you will be mediocre.   (8/17/17)   thelivinglights.com

 

WHAT GOD HATES THE MOST

If we were to ask several people what God hates the most, some of them would say sin.  Others would say pride.  Of course some would say violence, while others would probably say lack of forgiveness.  There would probably be many more answers, and to some extent every one of them would be partially right, but none of those would be the correct answer.

Revelation 12:7-10

 And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought,  but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer. So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.” Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, “Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down.”

The Lucifer, who was a very special angel, committed the very first act of disobedience in heaven when he rebelled against God, and he and the fallen angels who followed him were cast out of heaven. He is now known as the devil and the fallen angels became known as demons. 

Genesis 3:6-7

 So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings.”

God had told Adam and Eve not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.  The devil told them that they should and they disobeyed God.  Because of their disobedience sin came into a perfect world and made it what it is today.  As punishment God cursed the world and drove them out of the garden of Eden.

Numbers 20:7-12

 Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Take the rod; you and your brother Aaron gather the congregation together. Speak to the rock before their eyes, and it will yield its water; thus you shall bring water for them out of the rock, and give drink to the congregation and their animals.” So Moses took the rod from before the Lord as He commanded him.  And Moses and Aaron gathered the assembly together before the rock; and he said to them, “Hear now, you rebels! Must we bring water for you out of this rock?”  Then Moses lifted his hand and struck the rock twice with his rod; and water came out abundantly, and the congregation and their animals drank. Then the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not believe Me, to hallow Me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore you shall not bring this assembly into the land which I have given them.”

Because of disobedience the Jewish people were wandering through the desert for forty years. They complained to Moses that they needed water, so Moses prayed to God and God told him to speak to the rock and water would come forth.  Instead of speaking to the rock, Moses struck it twice with his rod.  Because he was disobedient God did not allow him to enter the promised land.  Disobedience is a serious matter with God.

Genesis 19:15-17

“When the morning dawned, the angels urged Lot to hurry, saying, “Arise, take your wife and your two daughters who are here, lest you be consumed in the punishment of the city.”  And while he lingered, the men (angels) took hold of his hand, his wife’s hand, and the hands of his two daughters, the Lord being merciful to him, and they brought him out and set him outside the city.  So it came to pass, when they had brought them outside, that he(an angel) said, “Escape for your life! Do not look behind you nor stay anywhere in the plain. Escape to the mountains, lest you be destroyed.” Genesis 19:24-26 … “Then the Lord rained brimstone and fire on Sodom and Gomorrah, from the Lord out of the heavens.  So He overthrew those cities, all the plain, all the inhabitants of the cities, and what grew on the ground. But his wife looked back behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.”

Because of carnal sin, including homosexuality, God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, but he rescued Lot, his wife and his two daughters.  God told them not to look back as He was destroying the city.  Lot’s wife disobeyed, looked back, and she immediately became a pillar of salt.  God hates disobedience, but he loves obedience.

If you are blatantly disobeying God, your day of judgment will come.  No matter how you have been disobeying, repent, ask God to forgive you, quit participating in that sin and God will forgive you.  He is a loving God, but He cannot be mocked.   (8/10/17) thelivinglights.com

 

 

 

FIVE CHRISTIAN MOVIE SCRIPTS

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SYNOPSIS OF 5 MOVIE SCRIPTS

 

The Little Black Angel

The story starts in 1900 in a hospital in the deep segregated South, where Melinda, a white prejudiced woman who had seen the black people living and working as slaves all her life, gives birth to a black baby girl. She is completely surprised and mad at the same time because she cannot understand why this happened to her.  Immediately because of her hatred for black people, she rejects the child and makes life miserable for her husband, the child and everybody around her. The child turns out to be very sweet and talented, but suffers tremendously because of her mother’s complete indifference and rejection toward her. The only reason the marriage survives is because the husband is extremely benevolent and suffers in silence, not only because his wife rejects the child, but because she also rejects him blaming him for the child’s skin color.  Not being able to keep the secret any longer, Melinda’s mother on her death bed tells Melinda that years ago she had an affair with a black man and that Melinda is the product of that love affair. It takes Melinda completely by surprise knowing that her daughter is black because of her genes and not because of her husband’s.  She cries uncontrollably knowing that instead of being the innocent victim, as she presumed to be for so many years, she had been the guilty one.  As difficult as it is for her because of her character, she makes an attempt to sincerely repent.  She apologizes to her husband and daughter for being so mean to them all those years.  The husband and the daughter, who is now almost an adult, forgive her because all they have been seeking all along is for her to receive their love and to acknowledge them as her family.

 

Love Prevails

The story starts in Hollister, California in 1945 when Mary, a Christian woman, who has been trying to get pregnant for many years, has a dream and in that dream Jesus appears to her and tells her that she is going to have twin boys.  She does not know if it’s only a wishful-thinking dream or if it’s a real one from God. Within the next few months she has more dreams and God tells her to name the children Elijah and Elisha after the two prophets. The children are born and the couple is extremely happy. Then in 1947 many bikers come to town disrupting the peace and quiet of a sleepy town and putting the family in danger.  The movie, “The Wild One,” starring Marlon Brando was based on that. The story stays in Northern California going up to the 1970’s.  It focuses on the Christian upbringing the family gives their twin boys in which they teach them to live entirely by faith.  The first test to challenge their faith comes when the family doctor tells Jack, the father, that he has terminal cancer and that he has only a few months to live. The news is totally unexpected and Jack receives it almost in total disbelief.  He asks himself and God the usual question:  “Why is this happening to me just when everything was going so well?”  Doubts begin to crowd every other thought out of his mind.  Because of unconfessed sin, the demon of cancer has entered his body.

The twins, who are now attending the university, come home for the summer.  As they find out that the father has cancer, they begin to fast and pray with their parents.  One day, Elijah – one of the twins prays over his father.  He rebukes the spirit of cancer, who talks back to him, but has no choice but to come out in the name of Jesus.  Jack, the father, is completely healed leaving the doctor confused as to how he was healed from terminal cancer.

As the boys are returning back to the university ORU the plane crashes, but just before it does the boys pray for God to protect them.  Many passengers die, but as a miracle from God the boys are completely unharmed.   The story ends as both of the boys return home and establish their professional lives.  Good prevails over evil and love prevails over everything else.

 

 

From Spain To Israel

The story starts in 1492 when, because of racial hatred for the Jews because of their refusal to convert to Catholicism,  they are expelled from Spain. They are given three choices; convert to Catholicism, leave the country or be incarcerated. Some of them for not complying are killed or injured by the knights. Then the story continues in the 1920’s when a Jewish family, looking for a place to practice their religion and for better financial opportunities, leaves Spain and moves to Mexico.  In Ensenada, Baja California they succeed for a while as sheep ranchers, but then they encounter violence because the Mexicans have not forgotten that the Spaniards plundered their land.  On top of that, at that time, there are still many wealthy Spaniards raising sheep and paying the Mexican peasants very low wages for taking care of the sheep. The Mexican peasants resent that, but they have no choice since they are extremely poor.  Their child Aviel is taunted and beaten up by Mexican children because they consider him to be a Spaniard who does not belong to the Catholic religion.  The hatred against them grows to the point where the locals burn their house down and want to kill them.  As they see the locals approaching their house at night with torches, they flee for their lives. The family goes to Tijuana where the father is killed by a drunk. Eventually the wife, Chava, remarries.  A Mexican-American pastor, whom she met when they prayed for a dead Mexican child who had been run over by a car and as a result of their faith and prayer God revived him, asked her to marry him. She does and they move to the United States.  Aviel grows up in the United States and having seen hatred against his people most of his life and having seen God perform miracles, becomes a pastor in the US, gets married to a Jewish girl and by God’s will they relocate to Israel in 1948 where they see the birth of a new nation.  Together they start the first Christian church in the new nation of Israel.

The story is very realistic because it does follow history.  It has love, hatred, friendships, family relationships and miracles because of their faith in God.

 

The Unwanted Ones

In 13th century England, a wealthy childless and unbelieving couple who has never heard from God hears from Him through dreams. At first they don’t know what to make of it, but as the dreams keep reoccurring they not only begin to believe and have faith in God, but they take action.   They are told to leave everything behind, to build a cabin in Sherwood Forest, to rescue twelve urchins from the streets of Nottingham and raise them in the woods as if they were their own, teaching them how to become productive Christian citizens by learning to be responsible, by loving themselves, loving others and loving God.  Each individual child as well as each adult goes through the growing process of learning how to live in a primitive environment,  how to work as a team,  who they really are, how to establish a relationship with God, how to grow in faith and how to depend on God for everything. In the process they encounter many challenges that brings out the best or the worst in each one of them. Some of the dangers they overcome are poisonous snakes, dangerous bears and bobcats. Other obstacles are:  Robin Hood and his men, who threaten them, but then become their friends,  hard work and a strong discipline.  Because some of the children are in danger and have not yet fully believed in God, Jesus appears to them to protect them and to let them know that He is real. This not only affirms the faith of the children, but it also reaffirms the faith of the adults, who are also going through the process of learning to live God’s way.

This story has everything:  Doubt, faith, lack of discipline, discipline, love, fear, grit, compassion, danger and much more.

 

God Has No Boundaries

God’s love, protection, forgiveness and authority have no boundaries as it is demonstrated in this story, which deals with a current situation that many families are facing today.  It starts in Tecate, Baja California, Mexico where an American pastor and his wife have made intimate connections with the local Mexican people. Because of the dire situation in Mexico, the pastor and his wife illegally and successfully smuggled a young Mexican family into the US.  If they had been caught they would be facing jail or prison time.  They would be considered “coyotes,” people who smuggle illegal aliens into our country. The young couple comes with two small children.  By borrowing birth certificates from parents of American children who had died, the parents are able to enroll the children in school with fake names. The children adjust quite well, but the parents are forced to live in the shadows, as if they were criminals.  Pastor Bill takes Memo, the Mexican man, to Utah where they are giving driver’s licenses to illegal aliens. On their way to Utah they find a man who has died in an automobile accident and has gone to hell.  They pray for him, his soul comes back to his body and his injuries are completely healed.  Once Memo has his license, he is able to use a pickup to do yard maintenance work. However, Memo and the family still live in constant fear of being deported. Tito, Memo’s oldest son, asks an American girl to a high school dance.  She goes with him because she likes him, but her grandfather is opposed to the whole thing because he is totally prejudiced against Mexican people, but since her grandmother likes the boy everything turns out OK.  After quite a few years of living in this country, Memo and his wife are caught by immigration officers and are sent to an immigration detention camp near San Diego.  Their two sons, who are now teenagers, with help from the pastor, his congregation and from God manage to get their parents released.

Many Hispanic families are facing similar problems right now.  Families are separated, children are left without their parents, wives are left without husbands and husbands are left without wives.  As long as Mexico, the Central American and the South American countries remain third-world countries the problem will remain.  There are no protagonists or antagonists, but there are many victims on both sides of the border.

ARTICLES TWO

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ARE YOU FAILING?

Are you living life by your own standards, by your own will, in your own energy, in your own wisdom, and in your own intelligence?  If you are, in general, are you succeeding or are you failing?  The chances are that you are failing in a few areas and maybe even in many of them.  If that describes you, you should make some changes.  After all, doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results is one of the dumbest things you can do. 

Keep in mind that you were not created to be an island and that you do not have all the answers.  Yes, you can be independent to some extent, but eventually you need other people.  Those people can help you with your physical needs, as well as the spiritual, emotional and psychological ones.  If you try to meet all those needs by yourself, you will only encounter difficulties, frustration and maybe even total defeat.

If you are encountering difficulties coping with life, believe it or not, God has the answer for you.  In order to find the answer or answers, you have to go to the Bible, which is the word God provided for you, so you can know Him and His will for your life.  God wants to have an intimate relationship with you because He loves you.  No, it is not religion.  Religions were invented by men, not by God.  Jesus does not want you to follow religion, but He does want you to follow Him (Matthew 4:19).    

Allow God to speak to you through the scriptures that I will provide for you on this article. 1 Peter 5:6-7 – “ Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time,  casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.”Bring all your problems up to God in prayer and release them to Him.  He can handle them; you cannot.

Philippians 4:6-7 – “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;  and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”Do not worry, do not be anxious and do not be frustrated, but turn your problems over to God and He will help you handle them. You will have a peace you never had before.

1 Thessalonians 5:15-18  – “ See that no one renders evil for evil to anyone, but always pursue what is good both for yourselves and for all. Rejoice always,  pray without ceasing,  in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”  Pray for your needs without ceasing, and give God thanks in advance as if  He had already done the miracle.  If you pray in faith God will be with you and He definitely will help you.

Psalm 55:22 – “Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.” You have to start casting your burdens on the Lord Jesus.  Put your trust in God, not in your money, strength, wisdom, friends or on anything else.  Everything else will let you down sooner or later, but God will always be with you.  God will never leave nor forsake you (Hebrews 13:5).

Always pray to Father God in the name of Jesus.  It tells you to do that in several scriptures in the Bible.  John 14:14 – “ If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.” These are the words of Jesus Christ.  John 15:16 – “ You did not choose Me (Jesus Christ), but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name (Jesus Christ) He may give you.” John 16:23-24 –  “And in that day you will ask Me nothing. Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you. Until now you have asked nothing in My name.”

If you are reading this article, and you have no idea how to pray, I will give you a couple of examples:  “Father God, in the name of Jesus Christ Your Son, I ask You to restore my marriage. Work in the life of my spouse, so he/she will be reconciled to me.”  Another one would be:  “Father God, help me find a job in my field that I will enjoy and it will be well remunerated.” One more just to make sure you understand:  “God Almighty, in the name of Jesus Christ, bring many more clients to my business.  Thank you, Lord.  Amen.”

If you have never received Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, find a place in this web page that will tell you how to do it.  Read what we call, “The Sinner’s Prayer” to God in all sincerity.  God will hear you and He will accept you as His child.  God bless you!

http://thelivinglights.com  rlsalvation@sbcglobal.net  rlsalvation@gmail.com  (5/17/18)

 

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YOUR WAY OF THINKING

There are many factors involved in a person’s life, but the most important one is his way of thinking.  That factor is the one that makes the difference how, when, and where a person will live, as well as what profession or jobs he will have, not to mention who he will marry and if he will have children or not.

Two people could have almost the exact background, yet one is the boss and the other one is the employee.  What makes the difference?  Some important circumstances could apply, but in most cases it is their way of thinking.  The Bible says:  “As a man thinks, so is he.” – Proverbs 23:7.  The question arises, how do you think?

Two brothers raised basically in the same way; one becomes president of a company and the other one is in prison.  Did the parents go wrong somewhere?  Not necessarily.  One son had a way of thinking and the other had a different way.  Nobody is at fault but the brother who committed the crime, whatever it was.

One team goes into the playoffs just happy to be there maybe for the first time, while the other team expects to be crowned champion.  The expected happens.  Why?  One team was expecting to lose and the other one was expecting to win.  Sometimes however the team that the people consider the underdog does not consider itself to be one.  It fights, it fights, and it fights and it defeats the so-called superior team.  What made the difference?  Their way of thinking, nothing else.

Often times a person goes into business and he goes bankrupt, so he never tries going into business again.  Another person may fail at business the first time and maybe even the second or third time, but he does not give up.  He keeps on trying different businesses and finally he succeeds in one and hits the big time.  What made the difference?  He was not a quitter.  All along he knew that sooner or later he would make it.

What makes the difference in any life is the way of thinking.  Some people think that life began with “the big bang theory.”  They fail to realize that something cannot come from nothing.  So if there was nothing in existence, how did the big bang happen?  The answer is…it could not.  Their way of thinking is flawed, misdirected, wrong and senseless.

Some people think that we evolved from one cell, then to animals and then to people.  Wrong!!! If we had been monkeys at one time, there would be no more monkeys.  They would have kept on evolving.  There would be no more horses or even humans.  We would have kept on evolving to something else.

Even if life had evolved, who started the evolving process? Someone or something would have had to start that process.  No matter how you look at it, no matter how you shape it, no matter how you interpret it, no matter how you flip it over somebody or something had to get the ball rolling.  Someone or something always gives things a beginning.

That evolving process had to be extremely intelligent and powerful in order to make mankind male and female.  He would have to do the same for most animals.  If that is not enough he would have to make sure the plants and trees could produce fruit and reproduce themselves.  Not only that but that fruit had to be edible for the human beings.  That evolving process had to be one smart individual.

 

Life in its entirety has a design.  All one has to do is look at the universe, look at the human beings, look at the animals or look at the plants and then one can plainly see that everything has a design.  If everything has a design, then there has to be a designer.  We call that designer God. You may call Him something else, but you have to agree there is a supreme being who started the ball rolling and who keeps everything going.

If you are an unbeliever I challenge you to ask God this:  “God, if you are real, in the name of Jesus Christ become real to me.” If you do it in all sincerity He will answer you in a tangible way.  He cannot be mocked (Galatians 6:7), so if you do it in a mocking way, He will not answer you, but you will meet Him face to face during “judgment day,” and then you will be sent to the lake of fire to suffer eternally.  Hopefully that will not be your case.

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EVERYBODY HAS HIS OWN AGENDA

The days when we were proud to be Americans, to work for a certain company or to belong to a certain group seem to be over.  Now days everyone has his own agenda.  He wants to do whatever pleases him, and it does not matter who else it may affect in a negative manner.  If that were not bad enough every day people come up with new ideas of what they want to do. The worst part of it is that they are moving farther and farther away from God.

In Hollywood the producers, the directors and the movie stars have their own specific agenda, and it is not to make America better or to help people learn something useful.  It is to teach people how to destroy things, how to be disobedient, how to produce violence, how to kill people, how the mafia works and that sex out of marriage is the normal way of life.

The politicians in Washington have their own agendas.  A part of the agenda of the Democratic Party is to bring in as many illegal aliens as possible to pay them very low wages and to have them vote for them.  Another part is to disregard God’s principles completely by championing the right of people to have abortions, to sell marijuana legally, to sell assault arms to anybody who wants them and have people decide what sex they want to be.  They have forgotten that God made each person either male or female.

The Republicans, on the other hand, want to give tax breaks to the businesses, the corporations and the wealthy.  Giving tax breaks to corporations may work if the latter will pass on those breaks to its workers.  However if they don’t, they are just getting wealthier and wealthier.  Both parties seem to have forgotten that they need to work together for the common welfare of the American people.

The wealthy singers and the famous and wealthy sports competitors have their own agendas. They either push a product or an ideology, and because they are famous people fall for it.  Just because a man  or a woman is good at a sport that does not make him or her an expert in other areas. For, whatever the reason, normal people do not seem to understand that.

The news media does not seem to have any standards or guidelines whatsoever.  It is out of control. The people working for the news media do not report the news any more. They give their own ideas.  In other words, they just simply give their own opinions.  They consider themselves to be experts in every area when in reality they are just plain reporters. It is getting next to impossible to get the real facts on any current event.

The husband has his own agenda and so does the wife.  Unfortunately for the children it is not one where they plan to stay together until death do them part, but rather until one of them get bored and starts looking for love in the wrong places. The divorce rate is increasing at an alarming rate.  Some people do not even bother to get married; they just live together because it is convenient.

Because of some of the negative factors I have discussed, we are producing a generation of people who may not have any moral values.  Not only that, but they are divorced from society.  We are creating a generation of lone wolves.  These lone wolves are not connected and so they can turn to killing scores of people and feel no remorse whatsoever.  We have seen that time and time again.

But enough of the negativity.  Let us dwell on the answer because if we are not part of the solution, we are part of the problem.  The answer, of course, is for this nation to turn back to God.  We started as “One nation under God, and in God we Trust.”  It is time to get back to basics. If we were to do that many of our problems would be instantly solved.  God’s blessings would come back to us.  God loves people who love Him.  Let me close with 2 Chronicles 7:14  – “if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

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THE WILD FIG TREE

An old wild fig tree had many branches, but it was not producing any fruit at all.  Some of its branches were drying off, falling off and were being thrown in the fire just to get rid of them.  This went on year after year.  But then the owner of the land noticed that the tree had one small  limb that had a little bit of life in it.  In spite of its lot in life, it seemed as if it wanted to survive and bear fruit.

Being that the owner of the field felt sorry for the little limb, he cut it off and grafted it into one of his choicest fig trees. That tree had been planted in a ground that had been especially prepared by his son who had weeded it, dug it, fertilized it and it watered abundantly.  Some  envious evildoers who hated the owner and his son, knowing that the branch would flourish, killed the son and tried to cut off the branch.

Unfortunately the son did die, but the branch although it went through some rough times,  did survive.  In the years to come there would be many attacks on the branch, but since the owner was protecting it, it was never destroyed.  As a matter of fact, it kept on giving more and more fruit.  It did not have a normal harvest season as other branches and trees did.  It kept on giving fruit all year round.

That branch flourished because, in spite of its circumstances, it would not give up. The odds were against it, but the little branch’s desire to give fruit were bigger than the obstacles obstructing it.  The other people saw the little branch as a worthless one that would die without producing anything, but the owner, who loved trees, their branches and their fruit, saw the potential in it.

Most Christians can probably understand and relate to this parable immediately, but there may be some new Christians or unbelievers who do not understand it at all.  Be that as it may, I will fully explain the parable, so that there will be no doubt in your mind as to what its true meaning really is.

The title of the parable is, “The Wild Fig Tree,” because the Bible refers to Israel as the fig tree.

They are God’s chosen people, whether we admit it or not.  If Israel was intended to be a good fruit-bearing fig tree, then we the Gentiles are a wild fig tree that at the beginning did not even know the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob let alone give any fruit.  Fortunately many of us have come to embrace Father God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit.

The old wild fig tree now represents the people who either are totally unaware that God exists, or the ones who just openly deny His deity and even His existence.  They are not producing any fruit, which means that they are not bringing anybody into the saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ.  Nobody can come to the Father – salvation or eternal life  – except through Him (John 14:6).

The branches that were thrown into the fire represent the people who, after the final judgment, will be thrown into the lake of fire to suffer there eternally.  Who are those people?  Those people will be the ones who, for one reason or another, never accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.  If you have not or will not accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior, you will be one of them.  Let’s hope that is not your case.

The owner of the land is God.  He created and owns everything that existed, exists and will ever exist.  He is always looking for people who are ready to repent, turn their lives around, ask Him to forgive them, and who will receive His Son Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.  When He finds such a person He blesses him or her with salvation – eternal life with Him.  That person is represented by the small limb.

When the little limb was cut off and grafted it means that it was taken out of the world of unbelievers and brought into the kingdom of God.  Jesus is the vine and we are the branches (John 15:5).  That is why the small branch was grafted into Jesus Christ Himself.  Believers give fruit – they do God’s will -  because they are heirs with Jesus Christ to the kingdom of God (Romans 8:17).

The son of the owner was killed refers to Jesus the Son of God being killed for our sins.  The life He gave up on the cross and the blood He shed make atonement for our sins.  Our sins would send us to hell and to the lake of fire, but since Jesus already paid for them, all we have to do is repent, ask God to forgive us, leave our sinful ways, and receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.

We are the branches who kept on being attacked and giving fruit at the same time.  Even today around the world many Christians are being martyred for their beliefs.  In our own country – the United States of America – people are being ridiculed and even punished for having a Bible or for saying the name of Jesus in public.

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THE STUMBLING BLOCK

Normally a stumbling block is something that may cause us to stumble and fall because we did not see it or because we were careless.  It could be just about any object that may be on our path.  Another stumbling block could be something that impedes us either from accomplishing our goal or from doing it sooner. Those however are not the stumbling blocks I am going to discuss in this article.  The stumbling block I will be exposing before you is the one mentioned many times in the Bible.

In 1 Corinthians 1:22-25, the apostle Paul says:  “For Jews request a sign, and Greeks seek after wisdom;  but we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness,  but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.  Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

To the Jews and the Greeks it did not make any sense that a man who came in love, kindness and forgiveness would be God in the flesh. They expected a God who would destroy the Roman Empire and any other enemy of Israel. They were deceived completely because Jesus was not at all what or who they were expecting. They could not accept Him as God and that is why He became a stumbling block to them. They kept on stumbling in their darkness – sin – instead of coming to the light – Jesus Christ.

To the Jews, the Romans and the Greeks Jesus became a stumbling block because they were in darkness and they preferred to stay in it.  In Proverbs 4:19, King Solomon explains it this way: “The way of the wicked is like darkness; They do not know what makes them stumble.”Of course, he is talking about a spiritual darkness. That darkness was prevalent then, and it is prevalent now.

In Peter 2:6-8, the apostle Peter tells us:“Therefore it is also contained in the scripture, “Behold I lay in Zion a chief Cornerstone, elect, precious, and he who believes on Him will by no means be put to shame.” Therefore, to you who believe, He is precious; but to those who are disobedient, the stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone, and a stumbling stone and a rock of offense.

When Peter uses the words “chief cornerstone, stumbling stone and rock of offense,” he is referring to none other than Jesus Christ.  The Jews ordered Him to be killed and the Romans carried out the execution on the cross at Calvary.  The reason for their actions was simple; they did not believe He was God incarnate.  They thought He was an evildoer, a maniac, someone out of his mind.  They rejected the truth because the truth was a stumbling block to them. That way of thinking has not changed.  When we want to disobey a law, a godly principle or anything else, we rationalize, justify and make excuses for our sinful behavior and actions.

To many of the so-called religious peopleJesus is a stumbling block. I will not mention the religions for the sake of persecution and negative consequences.  In John 14:6, Jesus said: “I am the way, the truth, and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through Me.”He makes it extremely clear that He is God and that He is the only way to heaven. In Acts 4:12, the apostle Peter tells the people:  “ Nor is there salvation in any other (Jesus), for there is no other name (other than Jesus) under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”

Do not allow yourself to be deceived.  There are not many ways to heaven. There is only one way, and His name is Jesus. If you belong to any religion that says Jesus was just a prophet, a good man, a brother of the devil or anything else other than God, get out of there.  If you belong to a religion that says that some other entity is higher than Jesus Christ or equal to Him, run as fast as you can. Any other person or entity that any religion may be worshiping was not, is not, and will never be God. There is only one God and that is the God who created the universe, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and the God – Jesus Christ – who came into the world to save us.

Do not let Jesus be a stumbling block to you, but let Him be your light, your hope, your Savior and your God. If you do that, heaven will be your final dwelling place.

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THE PENDULUM HAS SWUNG

In the United States for many years the pendulum was swinging too much toward the right.  That, of course, was not right. The optimum solution would be for the pendulum to say somewhere close to the middle.  However lately the pendulum has swung all the way to the left and that should be totally unacceptable to any Christian person or to any citizen with a little bit of common sense.  A few examples would be beneficial and would suffice.

The Pilgrims left England because there they were forced to belong to “The Church of England.”  They wanted to worship God in their own way and attend a church of their own choosing.  They had every right to do so.  Now however we are not allowed to mention the “Ten Commandments,” or the name of Jesus Christ in any public building.  “Separation between church and state” did not and does not mean we cannot mention God in public.  The pendulum has swung the wrong way.

Way back in 1787 the intent of the Second Amendment, which allowed private citizens to possess firearms, was for protection from dangerous people, protection from wild animals, and protection against government oversteps.  in those days those were very good reasons.  People had to protect themselves, as the government was not really equipped to do it.

Now days, however, other than people who use rifles for hunting, it does not make any sense for every citizen to have a firearm, and especially assault rifles.  The (NRA) – National Rifle Association – and many firearm owners argue that the country would be safer if everyone owned a firearm of some type and that arms don’t kill that people do.  In response to that I say:  “If two men get in an argument and neither one has a gun, probably neither one is going to die.” Now suppose each one has a gun, what do you think would happen?  The answer is obvious.  The pendulum has swung dangerously to the left.

Not too long ago, a boy knew he was a boy and a girl knew she was a girl.  There was no confusion in that.  God made it simple when He created Adam and Eve.  He did not create Adam and Steve or Eve and Ada.  God told them to procreate and fill the earth (Genesis 1:28). There is no way that Adam and Steve or Eve and Ada could replenish the earth.  The human race would have become extinct immediately.  The pendulum has swung erroneously to the sinful left.

Addiction to just about any drug causes physical, emotional, psychological and medicinal  problems for the addict, as well as for society in general.  Yet our government has legalized the sale of marijuana supposedly for medicinal and recreational purposes.  The obvious reason, of course, is to levy a heavy tax on them and to receive more revenue.  The pendulum has swung because to the government money is more important than people’s health and wellbeing.

The main function of the news media is to give us the news accurately as they are happening anywhere in the world.  That is what they should do, but that is not what they are doing.  They are giving us false, erroneous and misleading information, so they can shape the destiny of our society.  Unfortunately it is functioning quite well for them.  People believe what they hear, see or read without questioning it.  The pendulum has swung away from the truth.

It is unfortunate, shameful and disgraceful how the whites treated the black people during the slavery days in this country.  Even up to the forties and maybe even the fifties the Afro-Americans were treated as second or third-class citizens.  Yes, there was undeniable prejudice and discrimination in many sectors of our society.  However lately there seems to be what I would call “reverse discrimination.”  I will not go into detail for fear of being accused flalsely, but sometimes whites or Hispanics are fired from their jobs simply because or reverse racial discrimination.  Trying to correct the biased and prejudiced past the pendulum has swung too far to the left in my humble opinion.

If you agree or disagree with the points I made, do not let that affect you negatively.  Just reflect on it remembering that anything carried to the extreme is incorrect.

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INVEST IN PEOPLE

People throughout the ages and all over the world have invested in a myriad of things.  Some of those investments made a lot of sense and made a big difference in people’s lives, but unfortunately some of them were utterly ridiculous.  The worst part is that some people are still investing in awful things, such as war machinery, recreational toys of different types and sinful practices that challenge the most sordid imagination.

The best investment without any reservations whatsoever is investing in your eternity.  All of us have eternal lives.  The big differences is where we will spend eternity.  There are only two possibilities – heaven and the lake of fire.  If you want to spend eternity with God, the good thing about it is that it is available to you and it is totally free.  It will not cost you any money.  What you invest is faith and time.

To receive salvation from God you have to invest faith because without faith it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6).  To have salvation you have to receive Jesus Christ in your heart by faith.  You accept Him as Lord and Savior of your soul by pure faith.  You may not hear any bells, there will not be any fireworks and you will not receive a diploma, but your name will be written in “The Lamb’s Book of Life” in heaven.  If your name is on that book you will be allowed to enter through the pearly gates.

To be able to spend eternity with God, you must spend time with Him.  You do that by reading the Bible, going to a born-again Christian church, praying and by helping other people in any way possible.  The best way, of course, is to tell them about what Jesus Christ did on the cross and how they too can have eternal life with God.  People need help in many areas, and if we help the needy, we are actually serving God.  Jesus tells us that whatever we do for needy people, we are doing it for Him (Matthew 25:34-40).

Other than investing in God, the most important investment is in people and since we are people we should start with ourselves.  We can invest in us by  obtaining a good education and by favoring our talents and abilities.  We should try to reach our potential in every single area of our lives.  In some of them we will be better than in others, but what really counts is that we do the best we can.  The more talents, abilities, education and gifts we have the more we can help ourselves and help others.

We should definitely invest time, money, wisdom, love and any other resources that may be at our disposal in our children.  Other than God and our spouse the children should be the most important thing to us.  We should pour love, confidence, time, understanding and everything we can into them to help them succeed in life.  Life is tough, but with a good upbringing, children can overcome difficult circumstances.

We should not only invest time, money, wisdom, love and other resources into our children, but also into other people we may know who are deserving of it and who will benefit from it.  Those people could be relatives, friends, employees or others we may come into contact with in the course of our lives.  If we change one life that life could change many others.

Think back and think who invested in you to make you who and what you are today.  Go back in time and find out in whom you have invested and what results it produced. The results will vary and may surprise you. But regardless of what those results are, keep investing in yourself and in people.  When your life is over you will be glad you did.

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DO NOT JUSTIFY

Some people spend their lifetime trying to justify why they live the way they live and why they never encountered success.  They do not accept the fact that we reap what we sow.  In other words, our actions have consequences and if we fail to plan for the future it may not be a good one for us.

During our lifetime we make thousands of decisions.  Almost every decision has consequences – some extremely significant and some very insignificant to the point where we do not even notice them.  Some of those decisions that produce insignificant results are made automatically without thinking hundreds of times during the day.  It is as normal as breathing and we do it almost as a matter of habit.

To a large extent our destiny is shaped by our parents.  That includes so many factors that it would take, at least, one book to explain them.  Some examples:  In what country we are born, the social status of our parents,  the economic status of our parents and their educational level,

their prejudices and their biases, the relationship between mother and father,  and the God-given talents and abilities the parents may have, plus their idea of parenting.

All those factors mentioned in the previous paragraph, the genes that he or she carries and other factors not mentioned come into play in the life of a young child.  To that we have to add the talents and abilities God has given him or her.  To that we have to add the motivation and drive that each child has.  Even identical twins many times have very different motivation and drive.

God gave each one of us what is known as “free will.”  Free will is what gives us the ability to decide for ourselves what to do in every circumstance.  Coupling all the experiences we have ever had and all the factors that we already mentioned with our drive and motivation, that allows us to make a decision.  The type of decision we make depends on all those factors.

All those factors mentioned affect our decision-making process.  Of course, the most important factors are our motivation and our drive, which come from our way of thinking.  Is our destiny cast in stone?  Of course not!  We can change it by renewing our minds and transforming our way of thinking. In Romans 12:2, the Bible puts it this way:  “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”

If you have a low-paying job and are blaming the system, the President or your destiny, blame yourself.  Maybe you did not attend the university, learned a trade or did not take advantage of other opportunities.  If your adult offspring are not living healthy lives maybe you failed them as a parent.  Maybe you did not take care of your body, now you are ill and are blaming others, blame yourself  I could give other examples, but I think those are sufficient.

Do not blame others, your destiny or God.  Do not justify your shortcomings. You will not make any headway, unless you accept the truth.  If you do not see that you are the problem, or at least part of it, you will never change your situation.  The first step in solving a problem is realizing that there is a problem and finding out exactly what it is.

It is never too late to change for the better.  No matter how well you’ve done in the past, you can always improve. Remember this:  Where there’s a will, there’s a way. Some ideas; restore your broken relationships.  Let go of past hurts.  Forgive people. Exercise your body and your mind. Learn something new – maybe a skill.  Have a good image of yourself.  Apologize to people you may have hurt willingly or unwillingly.

Whatever you do, do not justify past failures, wrong actions, lack of action on your part, or lack of preparation.  Leave the past in the past, and move forward with a positive attitude.

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THE EXTREME CHRISTIAN

This article is not for you if you are self-centered, self-absorbed, self-admired, self-conceited, self-dependent, selfish, egotistical, close-minded or do not want to help others in any way, shape or form.  Let us hope that does not describe you, but if it does you may stop reading.

NOT JUDGING 

The moment we start criticizing and judging others, we are saying they are inferior to us and that we are superior to them.  In God’s eyes we are all the same.  Just because we were born in a certain country to a certain family with a certain amount of intelligence, wisdom, talents or abilities does not make us better than other people, but it does make us more fortunate.  If we are more fortunate than others, we should thank God because it was all His doing and definitely not ours.

FORGIVE OTHERS

Sooner or later somewhere along this walk of life somebody is going to hurt us.  Many times the ones who hurt us are the ones we love the most.  Our job is not to judge, but to forgive.  God will do the judging, not us.  When we forgive others, everyone comes out winning. It is a win-win situation.  The ones who hurt us win because we do not hold a grudge against them and the relationship may be restored.  We come out winning because we stop carrying hatred with us and because God cannot forgive us unless we forgive (Matthew 6:15).

PRAY FOR OTHERS

Since none of us are perfect and being that all of us have problems of one type or another, we ought to pray for our loved ones, acquaintances, world leaders (1 Timothy 2:1-2) and the world in general.  There is much power in prayer.  In John 14:13-14, Jesus Himself tells us:  “And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.  If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.”

ENCOURAGE OTHERS

Many people are good at discouraging others. Be an encourager and not a discourager.  Children need a tremendous amount of encouragement, but there are many adults who also need it in several areas of their lives.  A word of encouragement you give someone may make a tremendous difference in his or her life and it will not cost you a cent.  Be the person who encourages others!

GIVE NEEDED ADVICE

All of us have knowledge, wisdom, experience and expertise we have gained as a result of living in this world. We should share that with others who are lacking it for whatever the reason.  People are continually making bad decisions for lack of knowledge, wisdom, experience or simply because they are selfish.  We can give them the proper advice – whether they apply it or not, that is up to them.

GIVE NEEDED HELP

As long as we live on this earth, people will need help in one form or another.  We should be willing to help them unselfishly whenever possible.  They may need physical, psychological, emotional or financial help.  In some cases we may be able to help them in some areas, in one, or in none. The main thing is that we are willing and that we make ourselves available.  The final outcome may be up to them and up to God.

KINDNESS

The previous six acts of kindness that I mentioned should be done in love.  Those are some of the things that an extreme Christian should do.  If he or she is not doing those things, then I would question whether that person is really a Christian.  In Matthew 7:21-23, Jesus Himself puts it this way:  “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter.  Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ and then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you;  depart from me you who practice lawlessness.”

Love and kindness should be in the life of every believer.  Our job as Christians is to imitate Jesus Christ as much as possible. From now on, try to be the best Christian you can possibly be.  Your reward may not be in this life, but it will be for sure in the one to come.  May our God bless you!

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THE LIGHT IS SHINING SOMEWHERE

Unfortunately we live in a darkened world.  I am not referring to the sun or the moon not giving us their light, but rather to the violence, usage of drugs, prostitution, adultery, pornography, alternate lifestyle, abortions, hatred, cheating, lying, fraud, corruption, plotting, scheming and everything else that is vile, repulsive, heinous, depraved, degenerate or wicked that is going on in this world.

Do your best not to participate in the activities mentioned above, and do not have strong ties with people who are involved in them.  Remember that you are judged by the company you keep, and not only that but if you hang around long enough by the edge of the river, sooner or later, you will fall into it.  Don’t let that happen to you.  

However, in spite of everything illegal, immoral and detestable that is going on all over this world, there is always a light shining somewhere.  Your task is to seek that light and move away from the darkness.  In practical terms, there are always nice and decent people everywhere who have not given in to the lifestyle or temptations around them.  You should associate with them as much as possible.

There will be some form of light wherever you find (Galatians 5:22) “The Fruits of the Spirit,” which are kindness, goodness, righteousness, love, humility, peace, harmony, gratitude, joy, longsuffering, faithfulness, gentleness,  and self-control.  Associate with those kinds of people and do likewise by producing good fruit yourself.

When you associate with other people who are in the light, you combine your light with theirs and everyone is better off because of it.  That is because they not only need your light, but they benefit from it, and you also need and benefit from their light.  In Deuteronomy 32:30, the Bible puts it this way:  “How could one man chase a thousand, or two (men)  put ten thousand to flight, unless their Rock had sold them, unless the Lord had given them up?” Their Rock here refers to Jesus Christ or God.

On that scripture there are two main points and they are:  One; two people are much more effective than one, and two: the people who are not with God or if God is not with them,  can be defeated easily.  Another scripture – Romans 8:31 – says:   “ What, then, shall we say in response to these things?  If God is for us, who can be against us?”  It means if God is on your side, it does not matter how many, how strong or who may be against you, they will surely be defeated because God is fighting for you.

Where can you find the true light?  You can definitely find it in the Bible and that is where you should start looking for it.  In the Bible you will find Jesus and He is the light of this world. In John 8:12, He Himself states:  “ Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” If you seek Jesus, no matter where you may find yourself spiritually, sooner or later, you will find the true light that will allow you to have eternal life with God.

If you have never been to a Christian church, for whatever the reason, start going to one.  Now churches are like people.  You may go to a good one, but somehow you do not feel at home there.  Go to another one until you find the right fit for you.  Make sure it is a born-again-Christian church, that the pastor teaches directly from the Bible and that he is not there to accumulate wealth.

Some of the most famous pastors are not necessarily the best ones.  They are famous and wealthy because they tell the people what they want to hear.  They are fake and their light is fake.  You do not need that type of pastor.  You need one who will tell you the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. If a pastor tells you that you will be rich, famous, that your best days are ahead of you, and if he asks you to send so much money and you will receive a miracle from God, get out of there as fast as you can.

Keep coming back to my pagehttp://thelivinglights.com/ – because the light is truly shining here. We are not after your money nor anything else.  We just want you and your loved ones to spend eternity with God and not with the devil in the lake of fire.  (3/8/18)

 

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THE WAR ZONE

For quite a few generations, the United States of America was considered to be one of the safest countries in the world and “the promised land” to many foreigners.  We had a strong military, good police protection, good family values, a good work ethic, a Christian-based society and most of our people were law-abiding citizens.

Now days we are just a shadow of what we were.  Our public gatherings and our schools have become battle fields and our country as a whole has been converted into a war zone.  We do not even feel safe in our churches.  Some of them have become targets for radicals who just want to kill innocent people for no specific reason.

Some of our founding fathers and early patriots suffered, fought, bled and died to give us the freedom we now enjoy.  However many people instead of being appreciative of that fact demand more and more rights as if they were owed to them, and if that were not bad enough some people who are not even citizens or legal residents are claiming rights too.  In what other country in the world does an undocumented alien have rights?

Back in the sixties when our country began to change, President John F. Kennedy said:  “Don’t ask what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.” He was unequivocally correct.  Young people had begun to become more selfishly-minded and less patriotically-minded.  They wanted more benefits, more freedom and more say in the government without any responsibilities on their part whatsoever.  Unfortunately it has gotten worse and worse.  If it keeps going in the same direction, we will wind up with anarchy.

What moved us away from being patriotic, good citizens, God-loving people, hard workers, and a loving people? One of the things was television and the movies.  In the fifties the movies were about patriotism, helping each other, doing the right thing, love and other positive things.  The television shows were about family values, good parenting, comedy and good entertainment. Now days the movies and the television shows have nothing but violence, sex,  drugs, dirty words and unscrupulous behavior.  The children grow up thinking it is normal to cheat, steal, lie, kill, be gay and disobey their parents. 

The physical root of our problems lies with the Supreme Court of the United States.  What those judges declare constitutional or unconstitutional has a definite effect on all of us who live here.  Some examples will suffice.  It is constitutional for a US citizen or permanent resident to own as many weapons as he wishes, and because of that, according to Facebook, 100,000 people are shot every year including 87 who die every single day.

Other than the Supreme Court and the appellate courts there is another place where there is an intense battle going on.  Of course, I am referring to the Congress.  The Democrats and the Republicans are fighting each other with such intensity that they have forgotten why they are in Washington.  They should be serving our country doing the best for our citizens, but instead they are wasting their time, energy and our money to oppose anything the other political party tries to accomplish.  It is childish, asinine and pure stupid.

Another battle field is in the news media.  It has declared war on President Donald Trump.  If he says something is white, the news media people will say it is black.  If he says it is black, they will say it is white.  No matter what Melania Trump wears, they criticize it.  Obviously there are more important issues to discuss than what she wears or does not wear.   

With the news media attacking the President, the Democrats attacking the Republicans and with the Republicans attacking the Democrats every American loses.  We are destroying ourselves not only within our country, but in the eyes of the world.  Every time we attack each other the enemy is happy and has more ammunition to use against us.  We have identified the enemy and it is us. 

We need to come together as a nation.  Instead of attacking each other, we need to work together.  Using President Kennedy’s way of thinking, let us reason that It is not about how this nation can make us better people, but rather how we can convert our nation into a better one.  That, believe it or not, will make a big difference.

On paragraph 6, I mentioned that the physical root of our problems lies with the court system.  That is true, but the spiritual root of our problems lies with the fact that we moved away from God as a nation.  Read the Old Testament in the Bible.  Whenever Israel would get close to God, He would bless it, but whenever it moved away from God, God would remove His blessings and it would not go too well for the Jewish people.

Our country was founded as a Christian nation.  As long as we remained close to God, He blessed us.  For years we were one of the most blessed nations in the world and probably of all time.  Our first love was Jesus Christ and it should be again.  What Jesus told the church of Ephesus in Revelation 2:4-5, also applies to us:  “Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love.  Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lamp stand from its place – unless you repent.”

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ENJOY LIFE TO THE FULLEST

Do not worry

Worrying takes the joy out of life completely.  If you truly want to enjoy life, one of the things you will have to do is to stop worrying.  You will have to work at it, as most people are worriers by nature. Have you ever seen one problem solved by worrying? In the Bible in Matthew 6:26-29, Jesus tells us:  “Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?  “So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.”   Conclusion:  Don’t worry.

Be thankful with what you have

If you want to be happy, be thankful with what you have wherever you may be.  That will make you a happy person. That, of course, does not mean you cannot plan to improve your lot in life. No matter in what stage of your life you may be, be happy and keep on improving until you reach your true potential.  Happiness has to come from within, not from without.  Money, position and possessions will not necessarily make you happy.  Learn from the apostle Paul who stated it like this in Philippians 4:11-12 – “ Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content:  I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.”

Enjoy whatever you do

True happiness cannot come because you are doing what you love to do all the time.  There will be many times when you will be doing something that is not appealing to you for whatever the reason.  Take control of your mind and tell it that you will enjoy doing it.  Before you know it, you will be enjoying it.  Being positive and flexible will make all the difference in the world. Yes, by renewing your mind, you have to transform your way of thinking.  In Romans 12:2, the apostle Paul tells us like this:  “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”

Be happy with whoever may be with you

Be flexible enough to enjoy other people’s company no matter who they may happen to be. Do not depend on them to make you happy.  Your happiness should be obvious and contagious.  When the other person leaves you, regardless of the circumstances,  he or she should be a better person because he or she spent time with you.  If you learn to bring joy to others you will be a blessing to them, and they in turn will love being with you.  One cannot ask for anything more.

Do not try to please the world

Many people try to please everyone and wind up being miserable.  Please God, yourself and to some extent your loved ones, and forget about the rest of the world. Know who you really are and be yourself.  Do not try to be somebody or something you are not.  If you are fake, people will know, and the worst part is that you will know it too.  Just simply be the best you, you can be.

Look for the silver lining

Many times there will be negative situations in your life.  Instead of being downcast, feeling defeated and being frustrated, look for the silver lining.  Many times good things can come out from bad things.  When one door closes a bigger one opens.  You just have to be positive, be patient and look for the silver lining.  Joseph, the son of Jacob, had been wronged by his brothers, but God blessed him.  In Genesis 50:20, he told his brothers:  “But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive.” Then in Romans 8:28, the apostle Paul tells us:  “ And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”

Expect good things to happen

Some people receive bad things because they attract them.  In other words they are expecting them.  Positive attracts positive and negative attracts negative. Turn the coin around and expect good things to happen. A change in attitude completely changes the game.  After all, there is power in what you think and in what you confess with your mouth.  That is why in Proverbs 18:21,  the Bible says:  Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.”

Accept the final outcome

The final outcome may not be what you were expecting, but accept it as a mature individual.  Do not whine, do not complain, do not feel sorry for yourself, and do not be expecting sympathy from all the people around you.  Just accept it and be happy in spite of the circumstances.  Let me remind you again that happiness is a state of mind.

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THE WINTER OLYMPICS

Now more than ever the Olympic games are needed and should be truly appreciated.  In a world full of hostility, it is very refreshing to see Olympians from different countries compete in a friendly atmosphere.  Some of them make friends for life and others even get married. It would be great if we, the citizens of the world, just as the athletes do would work together in a meaningful way to make this a better world for all of us.

Politics notwithstanding both South and North Korea are participating as one country. It would be great if they could reconcile their differences and become one democratic nation under God. Kings, Communism, dictatorships and Socialism should not exist in this modern age.  People need to be free to go where they please, to live where it is more convenient for them, to work in what best suits them, and to believe in whatever they want to believe.

Most of the Olympic athletes have been practicing for years just to have a chance to participate in worldwide competition.  When they finally get there, it is a dream come true for them.  Being that just the best of the best get chosen to represent their countries, that should automatically make them champions  in their own eyes and in ours as well.

Of course, the ultimate goal of every participant during the games is to get a gold, silver or bronze medal.  If they do get one of those medals, it opens doors for them to live a successful life financially.  They mingle with famous people and become celebrities themselves, which opens doors for them to endorse products, come out in TV commercials, and get involved in projects, which otherwise would not be available to them.

What about the ones who do not get a medal?  Most of them get treated with love and respect in their respective countries. They can still feel proud of themselves because they have done their best.  After all, the most important thing is not necessarily to win, but to do our best in whatever we do.  If we do our best, we feel good about ourselves, and no one can take that away from us.

While some Olympic athletes may think that a gold medal is the ultimate achievement and some professional athletes may think that winning a world title is the pinnacle of success, in both cases they are wrong.  Both of those glories are short-lived.  Why is that?  Quite simply because time passes by fast and waits for no one.  Sooner or later a younger, stronger, faster, more talented or wiser person will come along and beat them.

As their record gets broken or they lose their title, people will be idolizing the person who broke their record or took their title away from them.  They will no longer be the toast of the town.  Some members of the younger generation may not even know who those athletes are or what they did.  Some people belonging to the old generation and some to the new one may not even care who they are. To them they are past history.

Most of us will never be an Olympian, will never have a world title, but we can run the race of life with dignity, pride and success.  That is because success is not necessarily gaining wealth, winning a gold medal, or gaining a world championship.  Success is being the best person you can be with the resources you have available. That means touching other people in a positive way by listening to them, advising them, encouraging them, and helping them in whatever ways you can to meet whatever needs they may have.

The most important medal you can have, the most important title you can gain and the most success you can attain is spending eternity with the God who created everything that exists.  Just as an athlete takes the first step to victory when he or she starts training, you can take the first step of being a Christian by receiving Jesus Christ in your heart as your Lord and Savior. The apostle Paul tells us to finish the race, so we can obtain the crown of salvation.  In 1 Corinthians 9:24-25, he states it this way:  “Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it.  And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things.  Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown.”

If you want to begin running the race, so you can receive the crown of salvation and spend eternity with God, you may do that if you receive Jesus Christ in your heart as your Lord and Savior now.  In case you do not know how to do that, read the following prayer several times, and when you understand it, pray it to God in faith in a loud voice.  He will hear you and will receive you as His son or daughter. He does not reject anybody who is sincere.

It is not necessary at this point, but if you truly want to understand why it is necessary for you to accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, you may read the following scriptures:  John 3:3, John 3:15-17, John 14:6, Romans 10:9, Romans 3:23 and Romans 6:23.

“Father God, I repent of all my sins.  Please forgive me.  I confess and believe that Jesus Christ is Your Son, that he suffered and died to pay for my sins, that He resurrected on the third day, and that He is at Your right hand in heaven praying for me.  I receive Him as my Lord and Savior, and I also ask You to allow the Holy Spirit to live in me and to guide me.  Amen.”

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WHAT ARE YOUR TRUTHS?

Any intelligent person knows there can only be one real truth and nothing else.  However people make their own so-called truths and will even fight and die for them.  I will explain some of them, so you will know exactly what I am actually talking about.

For the sake of clarity I will only deal with two so-called truths and the real one.  What are the two so-called truths?  The first one is the one that has been accepted by the majority of the people because it is obvious, because it is common sense, because it can be proven either scientifically or by other means,  because it is practical, or because people have always believed that way.

The second so-called truth is what you actually believe to be true.  It may not be true for others, but it is true for you in your particular case.  This one has a lot to do with your environment, past experiences, your exposure to it, your immediate sphere of influence, the way you think, how you look at things, your reasons for  rationalizing and, of course, with your pattern of behavior.

The so-called truths can change due to several factors, but the real one never ever changes. The real truth, of course, is the truth of God.  The Bible declares that in Hebrews 13:8, where the author of it, which is probably the apostle Paul, says:  “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” Then in John 14:6, Jesus says:  “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” Jesus Christ should be the source of your truths. Any other truth is subject to change.

There is only one truth and that truth is Jesus Christ.  Now you may believe in evolution, that we came from a single cell and evolve into monkeys and then into human beings. Maybe you believe that our ancestors came in a spaceship from outer space, or it could be that you believe that we do not really exist that this world is imaginary, or that our lives are just a dream.  Whatever you believe that is a truth to you, but not necessarily the real truth.

The European people believed that the world was flat and that was a truth for them.  Christopher Columbus believed otherwise and he proved it.  The teachings in the schools had to change.  For many years intelligent scientists believed that there were only so many planets and that was taught in all the schools.  Therefore people believed it.  Then they discovered more and the people discarded an old so-called truth for a new one.  As time goes by this truth will probably change too.

An intelligent wise person is not one who does not question some of the so-called truths, but one who questions them and is willing to make changes if necessary.  However there is nothing wrong with a person not changing until the so-called truth is proven faulty.  If a truth cannot be denied, one should cling to it.

A person should establish his or her character,  principles, morals and scruples on unchanging values and truths.  That has worked well for millions of people before and they will continue to produce positive results for anyone who practices them.  I sincerely hope your truths are based on accurate facts, not on what you want to believe,  not on emotions, not on popular opinion, not on what you hear on the news media, not on what the politicians say, and not on theories.

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GOD CAN CHANGE YOUR SITUATION

God has a purpose for your life, and at any time He can change your situation.  Although your situation may look bleak right now, God can change it in the twinkling of an eye.   Now that may seem impossible to you, but with God all things are possible (Mark 10:27).

Let’s take a look of some examples in the Bible of how God changed people’s lives.  Adam was nothing but a lump of dust from the ground and God gave him life.  In Genesis 2:7, the Bible says:  “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.” One minute there was dirt then that dirt became a human being.

Abraham and Sarah were old and had no children because Sarah was barren (Genesis 11:30), but then when Sarah was about 90 years old and Abraham was 100, God gave them a son – Isaac.  In Genesis 21:1-2, the Bible puts it this way:  “And the Lord visited Sarah as He had said, and the Lord did for Sarah as He had spoken.  For Sarah conceived and bore Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time of which God had spoken to him.”  Abraham who was old and had no children became the father of many nations (Genesis 17:5). What seemed impossible to them was possible with God.

Joseph, the son of Jacob, was thrown unjustly into prison (Genesis 39:11-20). One day Joseph was in prison and the next he was second in command over the land of Egypt.  In Genesis 41:38-46, the Bible explains it this way:  “And Pharaoh said to his servants, “Can we find such a one as this, a man in whom is the Spirit of God?” Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Inasmuch as God has shown you all this, there is no one as discerning and wise as you.  You shall be over my house, and all my people shall be ruled according to your word; only in regard to the throne will I be greater than you.”  And Pharaoh said to Joseph, “See, I have set you over all the land of Egypt.” Then Pharaoh took his signet ring off his hand and put it on Joseph’s hand; and he clothed him in garments of fine linen and put a gold chain around his neck.  And he had him ride in the second chariot which he had; and they cried out before him, “Bow the knee!” So he set him over all the land of Egypt. Pharaoh also said to Joseph, “I am Pharaoh, and without your consent no man may lift his hand or foot in all the land of Egypt.” And Pharaoh called Joseph’s name Zaphnath-Paaneah. And he gave him as a wife Asenath, the daughter of Poti-Pherah priest of On. So Joseph went out over all the land of Egypt.”

One day while Moses was tending sheep working as a sheepherder God appeared to him in a burning bush (Exodus 3:2) and told him that he had been chosen to bring the Israelites out of bondage from Egypt (Exodus 3:7-10).  Moses went from leading and protecting a small herd of sheep in the desert for 40 years to leading and protecting around 3 million people in the desert for 40 years. In just one day, God changed Moses’ life forever.  He can do that for you.

Saul, who later became known as the apostle Paul, used to hate Christians.  He would hunt them down and take them to prison (Acts 9:1-2).  God had other plans for him and so while Paul was on his way to Damascus (Acts 9:3), God knocked him down from his horse and blinded him.  In Acts 9:4-6, the Bible explains it this way:  “Then he fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?” And he said, “Who are You, Lord?” Then the Lord said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. It is hard for you to kick against the goads.” So he, trembling and astonished, said, “Lord, what do You want me to do?” Then the Lord said to him, “Arise and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.” In an instant, Paul became a different person.  Instead of hating Christians, he became an excellent one himself.

God is still in the life-changing business.  Undoubtedly you have heard of people whose lives have been changed for the better overnight.  You can be one of them.  Have faith, pray, believe and receive.

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SOCIAL MEDIA IS A THREAT

Many of us have not given much thought to the fact that social media, the news media, and the new technologies are an extremely serious threat to our families, society, Christian values and to our democratic form of government.  All of them are being seriously affected in a negative way  by the mentioned threats.

Whatever limited communication there was between the parents and their children before has come to almost nothing.  If the children are not texting, the parents are.  Consequently they do not have time to talk to each other.  If that were not bad enough, some kids bully others using their phones or other technical means, and unfortunately some children have committed suicide as a result of that.

Almost every single family that has children over the age of six or seven years old is affected, one way or the other by the smart phones, the social media or the television programs.  Most television programs have foul language, nudity and violence.  Even in the cartoons the children are exposed to violence, greed, aggressiveness and who knows what? Then we wonder why there is so much violence on the streets and at home.

The social media is guilty of promulgating misinformation, fake news, lies and even hatred toward certain groups of people or individuals.  Many people see it on social media and take it for granted that it is the gospel truth.  Even if they take it with a grain of salt, subconsciously it enters their brain anyway. If a person hears a lie often enough, he or she begins to believe it. The dictators and the Communist leaders practice that principle quite successfully.

The social media can make or break a person.  It can break him by attacking his moral character. It does not matter if the person is not guilty, did not say, or did not do what the social media says he said or did.  The social media is just the opposite of our court system.  In our court system a person is innocent until proven guilty, but in the social media a person is automatically guilty and it is almost impossible to prove his innocence.

Our democratic form of government is at risk because the social media and the news media can give positive coverage to one candidate and negative to the other.  That can make a huge difference in the polls.  That is because people believe mostly what they hear, and that may not necessarily be the truth.  The winning candidate can very well be the one who has the most money to pay for TV ads or the one who knows how to bribe the news media by hook or crook. I know that is not correct, but that is the way politics work in our country.

Very seldom do we actually hear news on the news media.  What we hear is the opinions of the people on the panel.  Yes, they always have a panel of so-called experts.  Those experts are like the lazy-chair quarterbacks.  They always give their opinions after everything has been said and done.  If they are really experts, why don’t they give their opinion before something goes wrong, not after it went wrong.

Believe me, I am not against the news media, the social media, television or the new technology.  All of them could be the greatest resources known to man if used correctly.  They have tremendous potential.  What I am against is using them incorrectly, which is exactly what is happening in most cases.

The news media and the social media are running completely unchecked and they need to be regulated to a certain extent.  I am not talking Communism or complete governmental control, but rather some guidelines that would have to be followed. Some regulations that would protect our children and even the adults.

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IS IT COMMON SENSE,  WISDOM,  DISCERNMENT OR PREJUDICE?

Sometimes it is difficult to distinguish between common sense, wisdom, discernment and prejudice. To get  a clear understanding of what they are, and to have an accurate perception of them, let’s define each one for what they really are.  To accomplish our purpose we are going to use the definitions given by ”The Oxford Dictionary and Thesaurus.”

The definition given for “common sense” is:  “Sound practical sense in everyday matters.”  That would be doing not only what has worked for us before, but what has worked for most of the people. It is what most people would do under those same circumstances.  It would be something that we would not give it too much thought; we would just do it either automatically or almost automatically.

The best definition for wisdom is:  “Experience and knowledge together with the power of applying them critically or practically.”  In other words, it is combining all the resources available to us, such as intelligence, knowledge, experience and any other abilities we may have to act accordingly.

Discernment is defined as “good judgment or insight.”  That means knowing what to do and doing it.  Good discernment comes from having learned from our past experiences, using common sense, intelligence and wisdom.  Without discerning the circumstances we will make many wrong decisions.  That is because common sense comes from discernment.

Prejudice is defined as:  “Having preconceived opinions, being biased or partial, intolerance or discrimination against a people group because of race, religion or gender.” Racial prejudice is condemned by our society and rightfully so.  However there are circumstances and then again there are circumstances.  I am not justifying it, I am just explaining it.

Let’s begin not to rationalize, but to explain some of the circumstances leading up to prejudice.  Supposing in a fictitious country named Calinia there had been twenty terrorist attacks and fifteen of them had been perpetrated by members of the same religion.  One could certainly affirm that some members of Calinia would dislike the members of that religion.  They would not distinguish between the peaceful and the violent ones.  Yes, it would still be prejudice, but it would be explainable and maybe even understandable.

The Calinians, whether they became prejudiced or not, would have to use discretion, common sense, wisdom and discernment in every situation where members of that foreign religion could potentially cause destruction or the loss of lives. The unwritten law of self-preservation would definitely apply to them.  Would you blame them?

Supposing in Calinia there would be members of another race who had a tendency to group together in certain cities.  Now supposing there was much more crime in their cities than in other cities where the population was mixed.  If you, belonging to the race that founded Calinia, would walk down the street at night in one of the other race’s cities would be in danger of being mugged, injured or even killed just because you were different, would you have an affinity for them?  Would you be prejudiced or would you be wise and discerning for not going out at night in one of those cities?

Simultaneously our country seems to be prejudiced and biased toward certain religions. I am talking about the Catholics, the Christians and the Muslims.  It all depends on what side of the fence you are on.  Although personally I am a born-again Christian, I deplore violence by members of any religion.  All of us have the God-given right to believe in what we believe as long as we do not harm anybody else.  Whether we spend eternity with God or not that depends on the choices we make here on earth.  On John 14:6, Jesus Himself tells us that He is the only way to the Father.

If a man were to impose his masculinity on a female just because he is physically stronger, would he be guilty?  He should be guilty before the authorities and he would be guilty before the eyes of God.  There should be equal pay and equal opportunities for both sexes. Favoritism of any type should not be tolerated in our society.

If a woman accuses a man of violating her personal life, the man should not be considered guilty until proof has been provided.  If he is proven guilty, he should be punished according to his crime and according to the rules that govern that type of offense.  If the woman has lied, for whatever the reason, she should be held accountable and be made to pay for her false accusation.

In our country people are being accused left and right of being intolerant toward the African-American, toward the gays, toward members of a certain religion, and maybe even toward women.  In some cases, it is correct and justified, but in others it is a miscarriage of justice. We must examine each individual case according to its merits, according to the Bible, and according to our conscience.

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DO NOT BE A PUPPET

Right now in our society we have a few puppeteers and way too many puppets. Unfortunately the puppeteers in many cases are corrupt, immoral, biased and have their own agenda that they impose on the puppets.  They pull the strings and the puppets move accordingly.  Let’s hope you are not either a puppet or a puppeteer.

Unfortunately you may be one of those puppets.  You can tell if you are a puppet if you follow the crowd most of the time.  If you get on the bandwagon easily, you are a puppet.  If you do not take time to think for yourself, you are a puppet.  If you do not investigate rumors, but simply accept them as being the gospel truth, you are a puppet.

Let’s get a lot more specific.  When there is an incident between a white person and an African-American one, do you assume immediately that it was because of racial prejudice or do you investigate the actual facts? When the police arrest a person, do you immediately think that the person is guilty or do you think that the police acted wrongly?  If you come to your conclusion without looking at all the facts, you are a puppet of today’s social environment.

When the Democrats or Republicans say that a certain bill in Congress brought about by the opposing political party is horrendous, do you condemn it without really knowing what it says or how it is going to function?  That is happening constantly in our country.  Do you assume that everything Donald Trump says or does is wrong just because the Democrats say so?  Do you believe Hillary Clinton should be in prison just because the Republicans say so?  You may be a puppet if you do not t look to see what is behind the allegations.

Do you agree that we should not have control of firearms in this country just because the NRA and many people think that way?  Thousands of people are being killed with firearms in this country.  It is really quite easy to possess a firearm.  Unless he is a hunter a person should not need a rifle, much less an assault one.  Do you really think anybody who wants to possess a firearm should have one? If  you do,  you are going  along with the crowd.

Do you believe that men should be able to marry men and women should be able to marry women, or are you simply going along for the ride?  How do you think God looks at that issue?  Regardless of what your position is on that issue, is it like that because other people believe that, or is it because you have actually thought about it, have studied the issue and have come to your own conclusion? If you are following public opinion, the trend or the herd, you are just a puppet, and puppets will always be puppets.

Do you eat what you eat because you like it and because it is good for you, or do you eat it because everybody else is doing it?  Are you partaking of it because you saw it advertized on television or because you like the taste and you know it is good for you? As with everything else it has to do with the reasoning behind it.

If you have a profession or are practicing a skill, did you choose it because you truly enjoy it, or did you go into it because your parents expected you to do so?  If you are in it because somebody talked you into it, you are a puppet.  If that is your case, you will never really be happy in that skill, job or profession.

Do not get me wrong, get angry with me or accuse me of being racially prejudice or of anything else, I am just trying to get you to think, to find out the truth behind everything, to enjoy life, to live life your own way, not to live a fake life and not to be a puppet to any puppeteer.  There are many of those who would like to manipulate you. I am not one of them.

THE END IS THE BEGINNING

When I say, “The end is the beginning,” you probably think that I am making a totally erroneous statement, but it happens to be true.  I will explain it and will give you reasons to look forward for it to happen in your life.  That is because the beginning can be so much better than the ending.

The end of a fetus is when it is born and it becomes a baby. One stage of life ends, but a new and better one begins. For the baby that is the beginning in this world.  He comes out of the darkness in the womb to the light of the world. He goes through many new learning experiences that will eventually lead him to be the person he becomes.

When a person graduates from college or decides after high school to join the work force his dependence on his parents or on his studies ends and a new life begins.  Now that he is independent he can live where he wants to, can buy whatever he needs or desires and can make his own decisions.  A new life has begun for him with a lot more freedom.

When a person gets married he leaves the single way of life and becomes a husband. He loses some of his freedom, but he gains so much more now that he has a companion with whom he can share the joys of life.  He and his wife may even enjoy just being together alone as a couple for a few years,  but then when the first child comes, it changes their lives again. It is a joy that only parents understand.

Unfortunately, in our society, many times people divorce.  You may be on what may seem to be the losing end. I am referring to when your spouse divorces you and you did not even see it coming.  Take time to heal, but do not despair.  There are many fish in the sea. If you are a Christian, pray to God and He may do a miracle for you just as He did for me. God may have the perfect spouse for you and with her you will find the happiness you never had before.

For any given reason you may lose your job even after many years of working for a company. What you have to remember is that when a door closes a better opportunity may come your way.  Yes, one job ends, but a new one begins.  You may earn more money on the new one, or you may even have a lot less stress. You just have to keep a positive attitude.

A person may be looking forward to retirement because he knows that he will have more time to relax and do some of the things he could not do before.  When his working days are over there is a new beginning.  That new beginning is different for every individual, but when it comes every single person has different options to choose from.

The last stage in everybody’s life is when they pass from this world to the next one.  Yes, this life ends, but a new one begins and the latter is so much better than the first one.  Of course, that depends on where you will spend eternity.  The people who have received Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior will spend it with God and the ones who have not, for whatever reason they may have, will spend it in the lake of fire with the devil and his demons.

The main point of this article is to give you hope when something ends or when one door closes.  When that happens instead of fretting, being stressed out or worrying, look forward to the new beginning.  The new beginning will be even better than what you had before and especially if you keep a positive attitude looking over your options and choosing the very best one.

Remember this…the end is not the end, but just the beginning and that beginning can be exactly what you are looking for and exactly what you need

YOU ARE NOT JUST ANYTHING

Most people who do not have what we would call a very important job or occupation, simply think of themselves as just being something.  They are totally mistaken because in God’s eyes no one is just something.  For example Adam was given the job of taking care of the garden of Eden.  He was not just a gardener.  It was an extremely important assignment and because he did not do it correctly according to God’s instructions, he and Eve were removed from there.  In essence, he disobeyed God.

Was Adam just a gardener?  I don’t think so! Because of his disobedience and not doing his task the way it should have been done, all of us have been penalized and are now paying the consequences.  Yes, sin came into this world and because of that all of us suffer in one way or another.  Not only do we suffer in this world, but all the people who refuse to receive Jesus Christ as their Lord and Redeemer will wind up in the lake of fire burning and suffering forever and ever.  One of those people could very well be you.  Open your eyes, your soul and your heart and that will not happen to you.

If you are a teacher at any level, do not say “I am just a teacher.”  You are impacting children every single day you work with them.  Some of those children will grow up to have extremely important positions and you will have had a part in shaping their futures.  No, you are not just a teacher, you are a person who can make a tremendous difference in the lives of your students. Do it with pleasure, with joy, and with plenty of satisfaction.

If you are a stay-at-home mom, you may say:  “I’m just a stay-at-home mom.”  But you know what?  You are a lot more than that.  You are shaping your children’s future.  They need your love, your caring, your attention, your guidance, your teachings and your help.  Your legacy will live on through them.  Whatever they accomplish in life can be directly attributed to your efforts.

Maybe you work in a factory and your job has become just a routine to you.  Don’t let it be so.  Because of who God is and because of who you are, do the best you can and you will feel good about yourself.  You have to see the overall picture.  The items you work with could be vital to a machine, such as an automobile, a train, an airplane, a computer or something even more important. If you do not do your job correctly, it could affect many other things.  It could even cause someone’s death.   No, you are not just a factory worker – you are someone who is important in our workforce and extremely important to your loved ones. 

It could be that you are a regular church attender and your think of yourself as just a Christian or just a church member.  You are much more than that!  When you pray, God hears you and because He does changes take place, which can affect many people in a positive manner.  Your tithes keep the church afloat and your presence in church does make a difference, whether you realize it or not.

You could be thinking:  “I am just one of millions of Americans.  I do not count.”  Your vote, your taxes, your voice and the work you do are very important in sustaining this country as a democracy.  This country would not be what it is without people like you and me who serve in the military, pay our taxes, vote, work and live under a democratic form of government.  No, you are not just another American, you are an important one.

Regardless of where you live, what you do for a living, your age, sex, ethnic group or anything else, your life does matter.  Upon reading the Bible, you will find out who you really are.  You are a child of God (Genesis 1:26).  That means God is your Father and He will bless you.  By receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, you become a chosen person, a royal priesthood, a holy person and God’s special person (1 Peter 2:9-10).  More importantly, you will spend eternity with Jesus enjoying every single day.  Every day will not be just another day, but a wonderful one. The curses of this world, such as illnesses, death, aging,  hatred, envy, jealousy, violence, low self-esteem, racial prejudice, sadness, frustrations, worries calamities, destruction, wars, hunger and everything else that is negative will no longer exist.

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CALL IT WHAT IT IS

In order to make sin palatable and acceptable society has come up with fancy names.  The new names make the sin exciting, intriguing and inviting. After the sin becomes a common practice it becomes the social norm.  For example; a drunk is no longer a drunk.  He has become a social drinker, and as such he has become part of the in-crowd and an integral part of society.

A woman who aborts a fetus is actually taking a human life because a fetus would become a baby and later on an adult.   However now days she is not committing a sin, but rather practicing woman’s choice. Society may look at it that way, but God definitely has a different view on the matter.

A man may have sex with a man and a woman may have sex with another woman and they call it an alternate lifestyle.  Society has approved those so-called marriages 100%, but God has disapproved them 100%.  Let’s see what God has to say.  Romans 1:26-28 – “ For this reason (exchanging God’s truths for a lie) God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature.  Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.  And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting.” Leviticus 18:22 – “ You shall not lie with a male as with a woman. It is an abomination.”

Instead of calling it racial prejudice the public calls it racial profiling when a patrolman stops an Afro-American person or a Hispanic simply for not being white.  Regardless of what they may call it, it is still racial prejudice.  William Shakespeare would probably say:  “Racial prejudice by any other name is still racial prejudice.”

Many couples instead of calling it sin when they have sex out of marriage, they call theirs an open marriage.  Both man and wife have sex with other people and are happy with that lifestyle.  What does God say about it?  Exodus 20:14 – “You shall not commit adultery.” Leviticus 18:20 – “Moreover you shall not lie carnally with your neighbor’s wife, to defile yourself with her.” Matthew 5:27-28 – “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’  But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”

A man who goes on a rampage and kills many people is probably just plain mean or crazy, but the psychiatrists will say that he has a mental disorder, instead of saying that he is just a plain murderer. According to them he is not competent enough to be tried by a jury, so he is not given capital punishment. He is incarcerated for years and it may cost the tax payers anywhere from 25 thousand to thirty thousand dollars per year. He was competent enough to devise a plan, carry it out, and kill many people, but he is not competent enough to be tried by a jury.

A marriage where the man is too lazy to work and does not wear the pants in the family has become known as a female-led marriage. Supposedly he displays a submissive behavior. That’s because he chooses for his wife to be the bread winner and allows her to make all the difficult decisions.  He is not a submissive husband, but rather a spineless one.  If you are one of them and if I stepped on your toes, I am not sorry.  The truth is the truth!

Some people tell a lie to cover up something, to protect someone or to keep secret something wrong they have done and they call it a white lie.  A lie is a lie and it has no color.  If it is not the truth, it is a lie no matter how you wrap it, decorate it or for what reason you tell it.

The point I made on this article is to call things what they are.  Face the music and don’t disguise what you are doing.  If you do, you are only fooling yourself. Remember this truth…If you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem.

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WE DEFINITELY NEED EACH OTHER

There are people in this world who think they do not need anybody else, but the truth of the matter is…we need each other, whether we want to admit it or not.  No person can be an island. Even if we isolate ourselves as much as possible, we still need others.  There are people we need, regardless of who we are.  Some of those people are parents, doctors, nurses, teachers, paramedics, police, first responders,  coroners and so on.

We associate with different people because we have specific needs and because at any given time we have certain circumstances which require the presence of certain people.  The first people we encounter at birth are the doctors, our mothers and the rest of our family members.

The relationships we establish with our family members are blood-related connections. In most cases those connection happen naturally.   

As we start to grow we become friends with other people.  Those relationships normally develop due to close contact with others and because we enjoy being with them and they enjoy being with us.  Those friends could be neighbors, classmates, co-workers, teammates and so on. Normally we move in the same circles and enjoy doing the same things. Most of the time we have a mutual admiration society with those friends.

Sometimes we associate with people because we have the same interests.  That could be enjoying the same sport, liking the same kind of music, being of the same religion, being of the same culture, having the same kind of pets, or because we enjoy participating in the same activities.  There’s a saying that says:  “Birds of a feather flock together.”

Another reason for associating with people is because we need their service or they need ours. A patient needs a doctor to be healed and the doctor needs patients to earn a living. We need policemen to keep us safe and policemen need society to have a job.  We need mechanics to fix our automobiles and mechanics need cars that are not running correctly in order to fix them and get paid.  I think these examples suffice.

As we grow into adolescence and adulthood we began to establish amorous relationships.  That is quite simply because male needs female and female needs male.  There is no getting around that.  I know that the homosexuals and the lesbians claim otherwise, but God and science do not necessarily agree with them.  God created us and gave us the mandate to multiply and fill the earth with people (Genesis 1:28, 9:1 and 9:7)

In order to multiply the human race as God commanded us, men need to have sex with women and women need to have sex with men hopefully in marriage.  Having sex out of marriage is a sinful act against God.  Men having sex with men and women having sex with women is also a sinful act against God the Creator of all existing life.  We know that both men and women can justify having sex out of marriage to society and it is readily accepted and maybe even lauded, but they cannot justify it to God. 

One of the most import reasons we need each other, if not the most important one, is because we need to love and to be loved. The person who says he or she does not need to be loved is either lying or is a person to be pitied more than anyone else we may possibly know. In 1 John 4:8, the Bible tells us:  “He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.” Four questions arise:  Do you love? Do you need to be loved? Do you know God? Have you received Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior?

Not only do we need each other and to love each other, but we also need God and to love Him. You may verify this by reading Matthew 22:37-40 in the Bible.  Many atheists, agnostics, self-sufficient, and supposedly intelligent people believe in evolution.  Evolutions has so many flaws in it that it would take much more faith to believe in it than to believe in God. The principle that nothing comes from nothing will never ever change.  So, how did evolution began?  It had to have a creator.  That Creator is God. 

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DO NOT BE PART OF THE PROBLEM

The world has become an extremely dangerous place and it is becoming more dangerous by the day.  The person who does not have a gun, has a rifle and the one who does not have a rifle has an assault weapon.  People are being killed by firearms around the world on a daily basis.  It has become a common thing. In my humble opinion, we should have strict guidelines and regulations as to who could own a gun.  To own one should not be a right but a privilege.

I know that the NRA (National Rifle Association) and many people who either own several guns or would like to have some, are going to completely disagree with me.  I also know that the terrorists, the arms manufacturers and the owners of the stores selling arms will not be in agreement with me. I am also aware that if someone were to show this article to the North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, it would be ridiculous in his opinion.

Do not be part of the problem, but be part of the solution.   Do not own an arsenal of guns.  Do not even have one.  One thing is sure…if we diminish the number of guns on the street we will diminish the number of deaths caused by them.  Urge your congressman to come up with legislation for gun control.  If you don’t, the carnage will continue.  The next victim could be you or somebody you love.  That’s because no one is exempt from gun violence.

The abortions are running ramped in our country.  If you are an abortion advocate, think what would have happened if your parents had been abortion advocates.  You would not be here.  Every single abortion advocate has parents who did not and probably do not believe in aborting a child.  If you are thinking of aborting a child, give him or her up for adoption.  There are many couples who cannot have children and would love to have them.  A fetus is a human being ready to be born.  When a woman aborts she is really taking a life.  Maybe not our court system, but God considers it murder.  Don’t be part of the problem, be part of the solution.  You will be glad you did!

If you are drinking, smoking or using drugs because you want to be accepted by your peers, stop doing that.  You are harming yourself, your family and society.  The people who do not accept you for who you are, are not worth having as friends anyway.  You cannot please everyone, but you should please yourself and please God.  After all, you should be the most important person to yourself and you should please God because He can send you eternally to heaven or to the lake of fire. Don’t be part of your own problem, rather be part of your own solution.  When you leave this world you will be glad you were!

Don’t follow the herd.  Be your own person.  Think for yourself and act accordingly.  You don’t have to have a tattoo or ring on your nose just because you see somebody with one.  Be strong enough to make your own decisions and then abide by them.  Don’t be a copy cat or a monkey see, monkey do.  Any weak  and not too intelligent person can follow the crowd. It takes an intelligent and strong person to forge his or her own path.  Don’t follow the herd, lead it. 

Many people are attacking President Donald Trump.  It does not take any courage or intelligence to get on the bandwagon with them and to do the same.  It takes a lot more courage and intestinal fortitude to defend him and defend what he is trying to do for our country.  You can either be part of the problem or part of the solution.  It is entirely up to you.  Choose the correct one.

Some people supposedly are coming out of the closet.  Stop and think for a moment.  If your father had been a homosexual and if your mother had been a lesbian, would you be here? If Adam and Eve had been able to choose what sex they wanted to be, and even if just one of them had chosen incorrectly, would there be a human race?  Have you seen a homosexual horse or a lesbian mare?  Read chapter 1 of the Book of Romans in the Bible and see what God has to say on the matter.  Because God gave us free will, you can choose between right and wrong. That, however, does not mean you will not have to pay for the consequences if you choose wrongly. 

I could give you many more examples, but by now you probably understand that our society is in complete disarray and moral decay.  However it does not have to affect you in a negative way and you can avoid being contaminated by the world’s sin. You have the right and the privilege to choose in  just about every single situation. 

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A HOUSE DIVIDED CANNOT STAND

Any business, family, government or group that is divided will be short lived.  It will not be able to stand.  In Mark 3:24-25, Jesus told the scribes:  “If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.  And if a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand.” Getting the idea from Jesus, Abraham Lincoln said in a speech during the time when part of our country wanted to maintain slavery and the other part did not:  “A house divided against itself cannot stand.  I believe this government cannot endure permanently, half slave and half free.” His actions and history proved him right.

Unfortunately our country is divided more than ever.  It is divided in many areas, but I will just mention the four that are foremost in our minds.  The one we see more in the news now days is the one in politics.  The Democrats try to undermine everything the President does, and the Republicans try to undermine everything the Democrats do.  Consequently nothing of real value gets done and the losers are the working people.  We are tossed around as pawns by both the Republicans and the Democrats.

It would be beneficial to everyone concerned if the Democrats and Republicans would act as educated human beings who really cared about the people.  They seem to care more about their ego and themselves than anybody or anything else. Each party is trying to find dirt on the members of the other party, so it can gain political advantage.  The country is sinking, but the politicians don’t see it because they are too busy fighting among themselves. There a saying that says:  “We have met the enemy and the enemy is us.”

Another area o division is the racial one.  One would think that would have been over centuries ago, but unfortunately it is very much alive.  It’s difficult to understand why a person of a certain color would think that he or she is better than somebody with a different skin color. Now in our country when most people think of racial prejudice they think of whites disliking the Afro-American people.  However in my experiences I have found that some Afro-American, Japanese, French and German people are also prejudice.  I am quite sure that there are other races as well.  I just have not had the pleasure or displeasure of meeting them.

It seems that lately somebody has opened Pandora’s box to sexual harassment.  Prominent men are being accused of sexual harassment by several women.  Some of those accusations supposedly took place thirty or forty years ago.  I am quite sure that probably most of them are valid accusations.  The question does arise…why did those women wait those thirty or forty years to speak out?  What motivated them now and why didn’t it motivate them a long time ago? There could be valid reasons, of course, but it might just be possible that a few of those stories could be fabricated if somebody paid them a good amount of money.

There is no faster way to ruin somebody’s life or career than to accuse him or her of racial prejudice or sexual harassment. When those allegations come forth against somebody his or her career is automatically over. When somebody is accused of something like that, the news media automatically condemns him or her.  No trial is needed.  In the public eye that person is already guilty.

Although there are more divisions in our country, I am just going to mention one more, and that is the division in our churches.  First of all, there are the people who believe in Jesus Christ and the ones who believe in something or someone else.  I am not even going to mention the Muslim religion for fear of being accused of something.  Some of them are extremists, but I’ll let the government worry about that.  After all, it the job of our government to protect us.

I am going to concentrate on the born-again Christian religion.  Some pastors and evangelists preach directly from the whole Bible and withhold their private opinions.  Thank God for that! Unfortunately those churches are becoming fewer and fewer. Other pastors or evangelists take a scripture or a principle out of context and become wealthy preaching only that, selling books, CD’s and DVD’s on that topic.  They preach what people want to hear and because the people like it, the churches grow and more money comes in.

Many of the modern churches do not have a cross inside anymore and the pastors don’t mention sin.  They preach the message of prosperity and the gospel of grace.  In other words, God is going to prosper you financially, and you can sin because grace (unmerited favor) covers your sins.  Needless to say people like to hear that and because they do, they flock to those churches and give more money.  Those churches are called seeker friendly churches. 

In conclusion I would like to say that our country is on a path to destruction and unless we decide to work together putting our differences aside, there is very little hope for us.  Instead of trying to defeat the other person, we should try to uplift him.  When one member of a group loses, everybody loses, but when one person wins, everybody wins.

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EXISTENCE AND INTERACTION

The very act of existence compels us to interact with each other, with animals, with the planet and with God. Without cooperation it would be almost impossible for us to coexist in this planet.  Each component is an integral part of the system.  What one does affects the others.  We are all dependent on each other. 

The most common interaction. of course, is between people.  Most people think of that one and don’t even think that there are other interactions. One of the main reasons for that is that we have learned to communicate verbally and on top of that we do many activities together.  Society would not exist or be what it is without us communicating and interacting with each other continually. 

Another interaction and communication is with the animals.  Many people have pets and in some cases they communicate and interact more with them than with people.  Dogs, cats and horses come to mind, but people have other pets, such as snakes, rabbits, chicks, ducks, iguanas, hamsters and whatever else they choose to have as a pet.  One man had a crocodile for over twenty years. Apparently they communicated and interacted somehow.

Unfortunately most of the human race interacts with nature in a negative way.  We pollute the rivers, the oceans, the air we breathe, the ground and just about everything else.  We have not learned to be one with nature. We abuse it and abuse it.  There may come a time when it no longer can sustain life as we know it.   In Romans 8:22, the apostle Paul says:  “For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now.”

The most important interaction and communication we can have is with God. He is the Creator of everything that exists.  In John 1:3-4, the Bible says:  “All things were made through Him (Jesus Christ), and without Him nothing was made that was made.  In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.”  Then in Genesis 1:1, the word of God says:  “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” 

Since God is our Creator, we should communicate and interact with Him on a regular basis.  We can communicate with Him in different ways. The primary way is just plain talking to Him to thank Him for Who He is, for what He has done for us, and for what He is currently doing for us. Another way is to worship him by singing praises to Him.  Probably the most common way is when people communicate with Him through prayer.  Unfortunately many people only pray to God when they are in trouble, when they need something, or when they want something. 

You can improve your life, the lives of others,  the lives of animals, and the well-being of the planet by doing the will of God.  Be friendlier to people. Truly listen to them and try to understand them.  Help them when they need help and get involved in their lives as well as in your community.  Do not be a one-person island and do not be the lone wolf.  Some people need you and you need them. 

Be kind to pet animals. They don’t necessarily have to be yours.  Do whatever you can to save endangered species. It could be voting on a measure, signing a petition, donating money or getting physically involved. The animals may not be able to thank you themselves, but some people will and God will be happy you did your part.  After all, He created those animals.

There are many ways in which we, the human beings, are damaging the planet.  Do your best not to litter, not to pollute, and not to destroy what God has created.  Automobiles, airplanes,  factories and homes are some of the biggest contributors to air pollution.  Some of the other things that are harmful to the earth are:  chemicals, nuclear energy, nuclear weapons, nuclear waste, radiation, toxic fumes, gasoline, diesel and many other things.  Try to recycle as much as you can.  That helps our planet. 

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WHY DO YOU DO WHAT YOU DO?

An important question that you have to ask yourself is:  “Why do I do what I do?”  Do you work to live or do you live to work?  Most of us work to live because unfortunately we need money to pay for our daily living.  If you live to work, you are killing yourself, maybe neglecting your family and not giving enough time to God.  Work to live, but do not live to work.

Do you help people because it comes from your heart, or do you help them so people will think you are a good person or because you are expecting something in return? If you do it because it comes from your heart, may God bless you!  If you are doing it for any other reason, you are a superficial person.

Do you do excellent work at all times, or do you do it only when the boss is watching?  If you do it all the time, more power to you!  If you only do it when the boss is watching, you are only fooling yourself.  Sooner or later, the boss will find out and will probably let you go, but even if he  never finds out, God is watching.  He sees everything.  God cannot be fooled or mocked (Galatians 6:7).

Do you act piously at church on Sundays, but the rest of the week you are hell on wheels?  You may be fooling the general public and even your Christian friends, but you are not fooling God.  Even the pastor may know you are fake.  Be the real deal.  Live by Christian principles and love, not because you have to, but because you sincerely want to.

Do you follow the traffic laws and other laws because you may wind up in jail, or do you follow them because you know it is the right thing to do?  If you follow them for fear of being apprehended, you are doing it for the wrong reason.  You should follow them because you want to be a law-abiding citizen.  Nobody should have to force you to do it.

Are you not participating in an adulteress situation because you love your spouse, or because you are afraid he or she could find out? If you are doing it out of love and respect for him/her, great for you! If you are not cheating on your spouse for fear of being found out, losing your reputation, losing your family or your home, shame on you! Those reasons have not been, are not, and will never be valid.

Do you do certain things to please others?  I am talking about smoking, drinking, using drugs, putting on tattoos, using a certain language, dressing a certain way, or doing anything else, so people can think you are cool and allow you to be part of the in-crowd? if you are doing any of those things to fit in, you are not being true to yourself.  You are just a puppet who goes where the sun shines the brightest. Be yourself!

Do you have principles and values you live by, or do you make decisions according to popular opinion? If you have unchanging values and principles you live by, stick to them!  If you keep on changing like a chameleon, you don’t even know who you really are.  Let’s hope that is not your case, because if it is, you are pathetic.

This article is intended to make you think, meditate, reflect and react not to criticize you, downgrade you, or to put you down in any way, shape or form.  If I gave you that impression, I sincerely apologize to you.

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WHO OR WHAT DO YOU IDOLIZE?

If you idolize something or someone that is your master.  Yes, willingly you make yourself a slave to that person or that thing, whoever or whatever it may be.  Be that as it may, you are still a slave.  You will never be free, unless you release the hold that thing or person has on you. For some people that is easy to do and for others it is almost impossible. It depends on how much you are attached to that person or that thing.

Let us discuss some of the things or people that can enslave you.  For many of us it can be our body or our looks.  People spend millions or billions of dollars on cosmetic plastic surgery,  anti-aging creams, exercise machines/programs, the latest fashions in clothing, expensive jewelry, on self-improvement programs and on other things.

Many people are slaves to their work.  They work and work to the point that many times they neglect their families.  Many times divorce is a result of people devoting too much time to their work and not enough to their spouse or children.  It is very important to be a good employee or business owner, but at some point we have to draw the line.  Our families have to have priority over our jobs or businesses.

Some people make possessions a priority.  In other words they work themselves to death or do whatever is necessary to have a boat, an expensive car, a motor home, a big house or whatever else fills that void in their lives.  If you are an empty shell, have psychological problems, have low self-esteem or are greedy, the more possessions you have, the more you want.  What you have will never be enough and you will never be truly happy.

Some people are in a pursuit of power.  If you don’t believe that look at the politicians, or at your spouse if he or she is a domineering person.  Hopefully that is not your case, but if it is pray for God to change that person.  What we cannot do, God can.  When a person is in pursuit of power the people under them suffer.  Consider how the people suffered under Stalin, Hitler, Fidel Castro, or Franco in Spain during his reign.  Now days look at Venezuela with Nicolás Maduro, Cuba with Raúl Castro and North Korea with Kim Yong-Un.

For better or for worse, our country idolizes sports.  If you find that hard to believe look at the salaries some of those athletes receive.  When a person gets paid 23 million dollars for playing six months out of the year and a person with a BA from the university may only earn forty-five thousand for working the whole year you know our society has idols.  When an athlete refuses to salute our flag because he thinks he is bigger than that or when he refuses to believe in God because he thinks he is too important to believe in such nonsense, according to him, you know you have a so-called idol. Some of them are a legend in their own mind.

Movie stars and singers are others who earn millions of dollars for doing whatever it is they do. The public idolizes them.  Keep in mind that without people buying their records, going to their concerts or seeing their movies, they would not earn any money.  It is the public who lifts them up.  They are people just like us.  Some of them are bigger sinners than most of us.  So, why do we make idols out of them? It is totally ridiculous!  When they face God on judgment day, there will not be a red carpet. Their money, fame, possessions and their many followers will not be with them, but even if they were, they would not mean a thing to God.

By the way, there is an absolute truth; all of us will die some day.  Yes, that includes you.  It will not matter who or what you idolize or who idolizes you.  What will matter is if you have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.  In other words, have you received Him as your Lord and Savior?  If you have and have tried to live a decent life, you will go to heaven, but if you have not, for whatever the reason, you will go to hell and later on will be transferred to the lake of fire to suffer in the fire eternally.  The choice is yours!

If you must idolize something or someone, let it be Jesus Christ.  He lived a sinless life and He gave up His life to pay for your sins, so that you could spend eternity with Him.  In that eternity there will be no death, no illnesses, no greed, no envy, no sadness, no suffering, no hatred, no racial prejudice, and nothing negative that we know in this life.

If you are already a born-again Christian – congratulations!! If you are not and you want to spend eternity with God let your real idol be Jesus Christ.  Receive Him in your heart as your Lord and Savior.  If you do not know how to do it, read the following prayer and when you truly understand it and believe it, pray it to God aloud in all sincerity.  He will hear you and will receive you as His child.

“”Father God, I repent of all my sins.  Please have mercy on me and forgive me.  I believe and declare that Jesus Christ suffered, died on the cross and resurrected on the third day to pay for my sins.  I receive Him in my life as my Lord and Savior and I ask Him and the Holy Spirit to live in me and for them to help me do Your will.  Amen.”  http://thelivinglights.com/    rlsalvation@sbcglobal.net    rlsalvation@gmail.com

WHAT IS SUCCESS?

What is success?  The Oxford Dictionary and Thesaurus defines it as:  “1. The accomplishment of an aim; a favorable outcome  2. The attainment of wealth, fame, or position.  3 A thing or person that turns out well.”  Those three definitions have merit to them.  However I am going to discard number two for now and focus mostly on one and a little on three.

The most logical and important definition to me is the accomplishment of an aim.  You see, it does not matter what the aim is, but what does matter is that it gets accomplished, that it is fulfilled, that it comes to fruition and that the outcome brings forth the expected results. What the aim is, is irrelevant – what really matters is that the desired results are produced.

Let me give you some examples to clarify what I am saying. Supposing a child is two years old and for whatever the reason has never taken one step and then he or she takes one step or two.  The parents would consider that a success.  Maybe a team had never won a game all season and then it won one by one point.  That would be a success to that team for that specific day. Success can be different in different situations and to different people.

What one person considers success some other might consider a failure and what some may consider a failure others may consider it a success.  That’s because success is an individual thing. Each one of us is different from the rest in many respects.  We have different abilities, different backgrounds, different opportunities and different ways of looking at things.  What is good for the goose is not necessarily good for the gander.

On the outside many people look extremely successful and that is all we can see.  On the inside, however, they may be extremely sad, lost, depressed and hurting. I would not consider them successful.  A case in point would be the movie stars.  They seem to have everything because they have good looks, fame, money and powerful acquaintances, but some of them have been married many times, are into drugs and are living an immoral lifestyle.  Are they successful?  I don’t think so!

Success is knowing who you are, feeling good about yourself and about your loved ones, being happy with your lot in life, loving people and being loved, giving back to society, having a job you enjoy doing, having the necessities of life – not necessarily your wants, and having a personal relationship with God.  If you have a personal relationship with God you know beyond the shadow of a doubt that when this life is over you will be spending eternity with Him.

Yes, my friend, the ultimate success is spending eternity with God where there will be no more pain, sadness, troubles, illnesses, hatred, racial tensions, envy, depression, jealousy, death, gossiping, double crossing, violence, hunger, lack of your necessities, or anything they may be negative in any way, shape or form.  Yes, it will be a utopia, a Shangri-la and a paradise. You can be there, but only if you are a born-again Christian.

You may have the question:  “How do I become a born-again Christian?”  It is easier than you may think.  Go to my article called:  “No One Is Sinless.” Read all of it and then pray aloud the prayer that is almost at the end of it.  If you do, you will go from death to life, from an unbeliever to a believer, from an enemy of God to His child, and from an unsuccessful person to a successful one.   http://thelivinglights.com/    (1026/2017

R      O      O      T      S

Trees, shrubs and the vascular plants have roots and without them they cannot exist.  The reason for the roots is that the plants, the trees and the shrubs get their nutrients through them.  The nutrients, of course, are the soil and the water needed to keep the plants alive.  If the roots die, for whatever the reason, the tree, the plant or the shrub die.

In a human being the roots are his or her ancestors.  Those roots, which are his or her ancestors, in many cases have a big effect on the life of the person.  The culture through which a person is reared has a tremendous influence on his or her life.  An American infant who is raised in China by a Chinese family  when he or she grows up is more Chinese than American. The environment a person lives under  tremendously affects the life and the behavior of that person.

The culture, as we mentioned, has a tremendous impact on a person’s life, but so does the DNA that comes through the bloodline.  Almost everything related to the physical body comes through the DNA.  That, of course, includes certain illnesses, intelligence (mental capacity), weaknesses, strengths and physical characteristics.  One cannot really understand a person without knowing his or her total background and upbringing.  That includes genealogy, culture, environment, past experiences and even then, since every person is unique we cannot really know him or her.

The only one who truly knows a person is God because He knows everything; He is omniscient (1 John 3:20). In Psalm 44:21, the psalmist tells us:  “Would not God search this out?  For He knows the secrets of the heart.”  Then in Psalm 139:1-3, the psalmist tells us:  “O Lord, You have searched me and known me. You know my sitting down and my rising up;  You understand my thought afar off.  You comprehend my path and my lying down,  and are acquainted with all my ways.” In other words, God knows us better than we know ourselves.

Just as we have roots as individuals, our country – the United States of America – has roots as well,  just as every other country does too.  To know our roots we have to know who our founding fathers were, why they came to an unsettled land, what their intentions were and what legacy they wanted to leave for us.   We can find out all that information by perusing through history books.  There are plenty of sources of information, since it was common knowledge why this country was founded.

The founding fathers were religious people from England who were dissatisfied with being forced to belong to  the Church of England.  This group of people who later became known as the Pilgrims,  in search of religious freedom,  left England and went to Holland to establish themselves there.  Because of the language,  culture and conditions there, they were not able to truly establish their community the way they had planned.

Because of religious persecution in Europe  the Pilgrims decided to try their fortune in the New World, which, of course, was America.  They went to London, chartered a boat called the Mayflower and set sail for America.  In 1620, they landed on what is now the state of Massachusetts.  They went on to establish the 13 original colonies, which were under British rule until July 4, 1776 when the colonists declared independence from England.

Both our Constitution, which was actually signed in 1787, and our Declaration of Independence  have many ideas from the Bible.  Contrary to what people want to believe now days, our country was founded by Christian people with Christian values.  God was the focal point of their lives.  The founding fathers were not atheists, agnostics, pot smokers, homosexuals, lesbians, abortionists or politically correct.  They were just normal people who loved God, loved our country, loved their families and loved their fellow citizens.

Up to a few years ago our citizens were proud to see the ten commandments on public buildings.  They would freely say the name of God and even pray to Him in our schools.  They were proud to say we had Christmas vacation or Easter vacation.  They would not call them winter  vacation or spring break. They would proudly serve in the military and salute our flag at any given occasion.

If some of our founding fathers could see how American is today, they would not recognize it.  It is not at all what they had in mind.  Right now, it should not even be called The United States of America, but rather The Divided States of America.  We can give thanks for that to the news media ,  Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, the Democrats, the movie stars and to the football players. It is time for every American to remember our roots.  We need to go back to godly values.  The Bible would call it going back to our first love  (Revelation 2:4-5).  That first love for America was God.  We started as  a godly nation, and although we have drifted away so far we know  God can forgive us if we truly repent and come back to Him asking Him to forgive us.  If we have crossed the line of no return and we refuse to repent, one thing is for sure; destruction awaits us, just as it happened to Sodom and Gomorrah.  God cannot be mocked (Galatians 6:7-8).  Only time will tell.  http://thelivinglights.com/  (10/19/17)

A GROUP WITHOUT RULES OR GUIDELINES IS DOOMED TO FAILURE

Any group, whether it be a family, a team, a business, a community, a state or a nation, that has no rules, guidelines, discipline, goals or a good responsible leader is doomed for failure.  In the absence of rules. guidelines, goals  or a good leader chaos ensues.  That would be almost as if the blind were leading the blind.

Many American families are suffering for the lack of a father image.  Those are the families where divorces have occurred, children were born out of wedlock, the father has abdicated his responsibilities, the parents are on drugs, the father is in prison or the children don’t even know who their father is.  Those types of homes do not have a stable leadership and the children get confused and grow up as such.

The strength of any total comes from the sum of its parts. Therefore the nucleus of the strength of any country comes from the unity and dedication of its citizens and especially its families.  Because our families are broken, our government is also broken. In order to fix our country we have to fix our families and that may never happen because the problem seems to be going from bad to worse with every generation.

What is the reason that our families are broken?  The real problem is that we live in an individualistic society.  In other words, everyone wants to live life in his own way without adhering to rules, regulations, any type of authority or taking into consideration the needs, the wants, the feelings and the lives of other people.  It’s all about me and not about anybody else at all.

Our country, the United States of America, seems to be sinking deeper and deeper into a chaotic pit of sinking sand.  We will keep sinking deeper and deeper unless we change our way of thinking and that, of course, is the key.  Nothing will change until we change our way of thinking.  Changing our way of thinking will change our way of acting and doing things.  When we do that, we will change the results.

Our country is in chaos because:  Congress does not listen to the President, the President does not listen to Congress, the athletes do not salute our flag, the news media does not give the news; it gives its opinion,  Hollywood wants to run our country, the American people has lost confidence in the politicians, the American people has moved God aside, moral laws have been discarded, and everyone wants to do whatever he or she pleases.  Anarchy can destroy any nation, and it may destroy ours if we do not take the appropriate action.

If we do not change, we are doomed for failure and maybe even destruction. The government will not be able to change the people, but the people can change the government.  Change does not come from the top on down, but rather from the bottom up.  Yes, it has to be a grass roots effort. That effort has to have a leader and that leader cannot be the news media, Hollywood, the athletes, the politicians nor the sold-out evangelists or pastors, who just want to become wealthier and wealthier.

The leader of that movement has to be the Holy Spirit working through honest, sincere pastors, evangelists and people who are trying to advance the kingdom of God and not their own.  Thank God, there are still honest people who hear from God and want to do His will by taking His word to a dying world.  They do not want to get rich or famous, they just want to see people receive Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, so they can receive salvation and have life in abundance, according to John 10:10.

If you are a parent, accept your responsibility wholeheartedly.  Teach your children by example and by other means, so they will follow rules, be disciplined, follow guidelines and set realistic attainable goals. Teach them to love God, to love others, to love themselves and to follow God’s principles in the Bible. If you do that, not only will you be helping your children, but you will be helping the community and, of course, our country. It’s a win-win situation.   (10/12/17)

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LEARN TO RECOGNIZE THE SIGNS

Many people do not learn to recognize the signs and because they don’t, they pay the consequences, which sometimes can be a matter of life and death.  It is vital for us to learn to recognize the signs in many areas of our lives.  Once we recognize them, we should take action because if we don’t, what follows may even shake our lives.

We have to recognize the signs of illnesses in ourselves, in our children and in other loved ones. If we fail to recognize them, when we finally go to the doctor it could be too late.  The main culprit here is cancer.  When many people discover that they have it they only have a few months to live.  There is nothing medicine or the doctors can do at that point.

Sometimes a marriage is going downhill fast, but by the time one of the spouses becomes aware of what is actually going on, it is too darn late.  Many families are torn apart and children suffer because one or both adults have not paid close attention to their marriage.  They think that it is an automatic thing.  They put it on automatic pilot as they start moving farther and farther apart.  For a marriage to succeed both the man and the wife have to do their part.  It is not something that will take care of itself.

Both husband and wife in a marriage or partners in a man and woman relationship have to pay close attention to the signs of their relationship.  Normally there are telltale signs when a relationship is going sour.  They may be different for a male than for a female, but nevertheless both of them have to recognize those signs.

A business needs a lot of attention of its owner.  Some businesses require a lot more work than others.  Big businesses can have absentee owners as long as they have a good CEO and a board to run them, but small businesses, in most cases, require the presence of its owners.  One cannot rely on the workers to take care of the business as if it were their own. The owner has to make sure that the business is running smoothly.

The owners have to keep checking constantly to see if they are gaining or losing clients and if their profits are increasing or decreasing.  They have to keep an eye on the market because it may change.  What was selling like pancakes yesterday may not sell at all today.  The world keeps changing and the smart business owner changes with it.

If you are, or a loved one is, smoking, drinking or using drugs, you should keep an eye on it, so you can close the lid on it. If you don’t recognize the signs that there is trouble, the roof is going to cave in.  A so-called social drinker may actually be a drunk with a very serious problem.  A so-called “recreational user of marijuana” may really be a pothead.  It is vital that you know the difference.

The boss may be getting ready to fire you through no fault of your own.  Since you may have a family to support, it would behoove you to know those signs.  Don’t let it come upon you as a complete surprise. Be looking for employment in advance, so that if they fire you, you already have a better job lined up.  Many people have done exactly that.

Unfortunately this country is moving away from God, and because it is, God is moving away from us.  How do I know?  Look at the violence, the hurricanes, floods,  tornadoes, earthquakes and other calamities that are happening in our country – the United States – and around the world.  It is not a coincidence.

Jesus warns the people about not knowing how to discern the times.  Luke 1254-55 – “Then He

(Jesus) also said to the multitudes, “Whenever you see a cloud rising out of the west, immediately you say, ‘A shower is coming’; and so it is.  And when you see the south wind blow, you say, ‘There will be hot weather’; and there is. Hypocrites! You can discern the face of the sky and of the earth, but how is it you do not discern this time?” What Jesus meant was that people knew what the weather would be like, but it did not know the signs of the times.  One of the signs was that He (Jesus) was God incarnate – God in the flesh.

Some of us do not understand the signs of the times.  They are violence, earthquakes in diverse places, fires, floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, tsunamis and so on.  What do those signs mean?  They mean that Jesus Christ is coming back  to take the Christians to heaven in what is known as “the rapture.” That means we will live forever with Him.  The ones who stay behind will be the ones who have never and will never accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.  I sincerely hope you are not one of them because those people will spend eternity burning and suffering in the lake of fire.

You can escape going to hell and spending eternity in the lake of fire by repenting, asking God to forgive you, receiving Jesus Christ in your heart as your Lord and Savior and by changing your sinful ways.  You may think it’s fun and funny to sin as much as possible, but when you are cast in the lake of fire you will think differently.  If you do not want to wind up in the lake of fire with the devil and his demons, reach out to God and He will reach out to you.  (10/5/17)  http://thelivinglights.com

FULFILL YOUR POTENTIAL

For one reason or another, many of us do not really fulfill our potential.  Yes, we have a lot more potential than what we are currently doing.  If you are one of those people, you probably already know it and I don’t really have to remind you of it.  Actually it might even make you feel uncomfortable.  Nevertheless my job is to tell you the truth because it will set you free.  In John 8:36, the Bible says:  “Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.” In this case, it will set you free from mediocrity.

In order to fulfill your potential you must have a vision.  If you don’t have a vision, you are probably floundering at the whim of the world, circumstances, people and maybe even the devil.  Yes, he does exist and he does not want you to succeed.  If he can make you believe that he does not even exist, he has you whipped already.

Visions do not come to you out of the clear blue sky.  You must do some serious thinking and then do some research.  After you acquire knowledge as to what is needed, what is available and what is possible, then you may develop a vision of how to undertake the process of coming up with an invention, developing a business or a solution to some needed change.

After you have the vision clear in your mind, you need to take inventory as to what you already have to make your dream come true.  After doing that, you will know as to what you will still need to complete the mission.  Of course, you will have to count the costs.  Because it will be then, and only then, that you will know if it’s worth taking the risk or not and if you can actually accomplish it.

Assuming that you have decided to go forth with your vision, then you must lock into it with faith and determination.  The chances are there will be several roadblocks, but you cannot let them deter you from accomplishing your goal and you cannot allow them to sidetrack you from your course. You must stay focused on your goal if you are to succeed.

There will be some naysayers – freely they will always give you their negative opinion. They will give you many reasons why you should not go forward with your dream.  That’s because they only see the obstacles and not your potential. Do not listen to them.  As long as you have done your homework, know yourself and have a dream go forward and do not allow negative people to derail you.  The sky is the limit if you have a dream with a vision according to your potential and if you stay focused with your eyes fixed on the goal.

Fulfilling your potential will not come easily to you.  You will have to work hard, persevere and not allow circumstances or other people to dissuade you.  There is a saying that says:  “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.”  That’s exactly what you will have to do.  You must do the very best you can do in the present time, but you must also keep your eyes on the future and on the project and see it as if it were already finished.

Last but not least, you must have faith in yourself and faith in God.  In Hebrews 13:5, the Bible says:  “ Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He (God) Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”If you are a Christian, God will always be with you.  In John 10:10, Jesus says:  “The thief (the devil) does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I (Jesus Christ) have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” God wants you to have life in abundance and He will help you do exactly that if you put your faith in Him.

If you are not fulfilling your potential, for whatever the reason, I sincerely hope this article has helped you and that it drives you into taking action, so you can get the most out of life.  Not only will you benefit if you do, but all the people around you who are affected by your decisions will also benefit and be glad that you decided to fulfill your potential.  Good luck! (9/28/17) http://thelivinglights.com/

THE GOD OF THIS WORLD HAS BLINDED SOME OF US

Most people do not know that the Lord of this world is the devil.  2 Corinthians 4:3-5 states it this way:  “ But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing,  whose minds the god of this age (the devil)  has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.” Some people will never believe in God, because they just don’t want to believe.

In 2 Corinthians 11:14, the Bible tells us:  “And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light.” That means he can appear as a virgin, a saint or an angel and deceive people into believing they are getting the word of God, but instead they are worshiping the devil. Do you know of a religion that may be doing exactly that? The devil is the master of deception.  He has been practicing that successfully for thousands of years.

In Genesis 3:4-6, the Bible tells us:  “ Then the serpent (the devil) said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate.” Eve was the first person to be deceived by the devil and that’s when sin entered this world.  Previous to that the devil had deceived one-third of the angels in heaven.

In John 8:44, the Bible tells us:  “ You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.” Jesus was telling that to some people who believed in Abraham, but not in Him (Jesus).  The devil is a liar and the father of lies.

The devil is the one who insinuates to us that we are worthless, that nobody likes us, that we will never amount to anything, that life has no meaning, that he and God do not exist, that once we die there is nothing else and so on.  If he can get us to believe all his lies, we are defeated.  That’s when we have low self-esteem, feel frustrated, disgusted, unwanted, worthless and believe that heaven, hell , God or the devil do not exist.

In Ephesians 6:11, the Bible tells us:  “ Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” The apostle Paul tells us that we have an adversary, which is the devil, and for us to be prepared for war.  We do that by reading the Bible, praying, going to church, having faith and rebuking the devil.  We have power over the devil and his demons if we know and apply the word in the Bible.

In 1 Peter 5:8, the Bible tells us:  “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” The apostle Peter tells us to be on the lookout because the devil is trying to devour us. We have to be aware that the devil exists and that he comes at us from different angles, in different ways and at different times to attack us in the unprotected areas of our lives.

In Revelation 12:9, the apostle John tells us:  “So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.” He was the most beautiful angel God had created, but because he rebelled against God, God cast him out of heaven with one-third of the angels, who are now demons. However the devil did not lose his intelligence or what he knew and that’s why he knows exactly how to tempt human beings.

In Matthew 24:24, the Bible tells us through the apostle Matthew:  “For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.” Since the devil does not have any real power, his weapons are lies, false truths, cunning, deceit and trickery.  He has used them very effectively throughout the centuries.

When something dreadful happens, people who do not even read the Bible or go to church ask: “If God is so good, why did He let this happen?” God did not cause it.  It was caused because of sin and the devil is behind all sin.  Sin first came into the world through Adam and Eve when they ate of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.  They disobeyed God.  He had instructed them not to eat the fruit of that tree, but they listened to the devil instead.

Don’t let the god of this world blind you.  If you have received Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, you are a son of God and are very important to Him.  Do not have low self-esteem, do not feel alone, forgotten, depressed, deprived, anguished, unwanted, unimportant or anything of the sort.  You have value and your value comes from God.

If you have never received Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, for whatever the reason, you may do it now.  If you do all your sins will be forgiven immediately and you will become a son/daughter of God.  If you have no idea how to do that, read the following prayer.  When you understand it, pray it to God aloud in all sincerity.  He will hear you, forgive all your sins, and will make you His son/daughter.

“Father God, I know I have sinned and I repent.  Please, forgive me.  I believe and I confess that Jesus Christ is Your Son, that He died to pay for my sins, that He resurrected on the third day and that He is at Your right hand interceding for me.  I ask Him to be my Lord and Savior and I also ask the Holy Spirit to live in me, so He can help me live a Christian life.  Thank You, Father! Amen.”

Don’t be a lone wolf.  Find a good born-again Christian church where they preach directly from the Bible. Make friends there and start learning the wonderful word of God. It will transform your life.  Keep coming back to my page – http://thelivinglights.com/   Good luck!!   (9/21/17)

GIVE IT AWAY

If you take inventory of what you have, you will find out that you have a lot more than you think.  For one reason or another, you haven’t really thought about it.  Actually you have taken for granted most of what you already have.  I am going to remind you of some of the things you have, so you can be more grateful than you have been.

I am not going to elaborate on what you have in order not to insult your intelligence.  I will just make a compilation of what you have, and you will assess how many of those things you already possess and to what extent.  You may be aware of some of them or you may never have realized or acknowledged that you had them.

We don’t know how much you have developed them, but one thing for sure is that you have intelligence, wisdom, physical abilities, skills, talents, special gifts,  feelings, likes and dislikes.  Some of them are unique to you.  You may be the best or one of the best in a certain field.  The reason is because it gives you satisfaction and you have worked hard at it.  Then again, you may be one of those individuals to whom talents come naturally.

Whatever gifts, talents and abilities you may have, they are meant to be shared.  Don’t hoard them.  You can bless many people with them.  Not only will it make other people happy, but it will give you a sense of satisfaction.  That’s because it gives us more pleasure to give than to receive.  Jesus Himself said that it was more blessed to give than to receive (Acts 20:35).  Share your time, gifts, talents, abilities, money, wisdom, intelligence, advice, knowledge of the word of God and whatever else God may have blessed you with.

Imagine how the world would be without a Beethoven, a Picasso, an Abraham Lincoln, an Albert Einstein, an Albert Schweitzer,  a Ronald Reagan, a mother Teresa, the Wright Brothers, a Nelson Mandela, a Christopher Columbus and many others.  They affected millions of people.  The world would not have been the same without them.  They made a difference and you can make a difference too, maybe not to the scale they did, but a difference nevertheless.

If the scientists and the inventors were not to share what they know, we would still be in “The Dark Ages.”  In the area of communications we have made tremendous progress – thanks to the people who have burned the midnight oil to come with new inventions.  Compare your cell phone to a phone from the fifties or sixties.  Those phones would not even be a dinosaur compared to what we have today.

The best example of sharing was given to us by Jesus Christ Himself.  What did He give or shared?  He gave His time,  knowledge,  talents, abilities, wisdom, love and ultimately His life.  John 3:16 says:  “ For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” Don’t let His death be in vain.  Receive Him in your heart as your Lord and Savior and you will spend eternity with Him.

We learn by living and doing.  There is no better school than experience.  In any given field there is always someone who knows a lot less than you do or has a lot less than you have.  Instead of looking down on them, being jealous of envious of them, help them get ahead.  Whether they appreciate it or not, is up to them.  You, on the other hand, will feel good about yourself, regardless of the outcome.

Whatever it is you have, share it with the world.  Don’t keep it to yourself.  If you do, you will enjoy life, but if you don’t, you will die sad, lonely and unsatisfied.  That’s right!  Just give it away! Look for ways to bless others with your talents, knowledge and abilities. If you bless others, God will bless you.    (9/14/17) http://thelivinglights.com/

 

WE ARE AMERICAN

We should not be a country of black, white, brown or red people.  We are a country of people who have chosen to live here and make this country their home. We are American.  We are not a country of Irish-American, Hispanic-American, Afro-American, Italian-American, Asian-American or anything else American.  We are just American.

We should not be a country of wealthy people, middle-class people and poor people.  We are just American people.  It’s not about being famous, popular or living incognito.  It should be just about being American.  That was good enough for our founding fathers, good enough for our ancestors and it should be good enough for us.

It should not matter to us if we have ten thousand degrees, work in an office or work on construction.  What matters is that we are American.  We should love our country, love our differences because, after all, we are American.  Nobody can take that away from us, but us ourselves.

Our country should not be about believers in Jesus Christ and unbelievers, not about religious people or atheists and not about church goers or people who do not go to church.  All of us are American and because we are, we should conduct ourselves as such.  A country divided cannot stand.  Jesus said in Matthew 12:25 that a kingdom, a city or a house divided against itself could not stand.  We should be about believing in the American way of life.

Our country is one of different cultures, different languages, different foods, different religions, different philosophies, different ideologies and many other differences, but what should bring all of us together is our love for God, love for our country,  respect for our flag, love for ourselves and love for each other.

Instead of focusing on our differences, of which there are many, we should be focusing on our similarities and on being American.  We should be proud to be American, to salute our flag and to serve our country in whatever way we can.  Not everyone has to be a soldier, but everyone can contribute something to make this a better country.

Our differences should not separate us, but should bring us closer together and make us stronger. We have heard the saying, “Two heads are better than one.”  That is absolutely true.

The many cultures we have represented, the many languages, the many foods and the many ways of thinking are much better than one.  Our strength should be in our differences.  What one group is lacking, another one can supply it.

If we are not part of the solution, we are part of the problem and that is exactly what the people who are bringing division in our country are.  I don’t believe in “black lives matter” because I don’t believe that “white lives matter.”  I believe that “all lives matter.”  That includes a fetus, a one-day-old baby, a ninety-nine-year-old uneducated woman and any other person on this earth.

Let’s remember that we are American and that every single one of us matters.  Whether you believe in God or not is irrelevant – each and every human being matters to Him.  Jesus actually appeared to me in a vision in 1978 and I know that I matter to Him.  How do I know that?  He wouldn’t have come seeking me if I did not matter to Him.  You matter to Him too!

You matter so much to Him that He gave up His only begotten Son Jesus Christ to pay for your sins (John 3:15-17).  I, for one, am proud to be an American, and even prouder to be a son of God.  Yes, I am a Christ follower and wouldn’t have it any other way.  Where are you? If you do not love this country, nobody is forcing you to stay here.  Go to another country where you agree with their way of governing, way of thinking and way of life.  Good luck!  (9/7/17) thelivinglights.com

 

WE LEARN BECAUSE OF NECESSITY

Basically we learn because of necessity.  The first two people to learn were Adam and Eve.  Since they were created as adults, they did not have the luxury of learning one thing at a time as most of us do.  Everything was completely new to them.  Simultaneously they learn to walk, talk, hear, eat, think, feel their emotions, take care of their basic needs and many, many more things that we take for granted.  It was probably exceedingly exciting and scary to them at the same time.

We really have no idea how God equipped them to deal with everything that was coming at them so fast.  One thing we know is that for God everything is possible (Mark 10:27).  We may never know how God prepared them or how He works miracles, but all we have to know is that He is able because He is omniscient, omnipresent and omnipotent. If by His word He spoke the world (Genesis 1:1-25), the universe and the galaxies into existence, surely by His word He equipped Adam and Eve.

Let’s leave Adam and Eve at peace wherever they may be and concentrate on the human race and modern times.  From the very first breath we take when we are born, we start learning.  In most cases the first thing we learn is to breath and the second one is to cry.  We learn that by crying we get attention, so we do it.  Another thing a baby learns almost immediately is to drink milk from the mother’s breast or from a bottle.  That seems to be something innate that God gives all his mammals.  If you are an evolutionist, how do you explain that?

When a child is born and up to the age of five years old, 90% of his brain development occurs at a tremendous rate.  Parents and teachers should be very much aware of that in order to take advantage of those years teaching the children good sound principles, as well as other things they need to know.  In most cases, what a child learns then will stay with him or her for life.  Those are the building blocks that will shape his or her future.

There is a saying that says:  “Necessity is the mother of invention.”  It is a very true statement. Nobody invents something that is not needed.  If he does, there will be no market for it and it will go into oblivion rather fast.  Some inventions have a time duration of existence.  That is because they become obsolete.  The buggies for horses became obsolete when the automobile was invented.  Rubber from the rubber trees in Brazil became obsolete when synthetic rubber was invented.  That is what progress is all about; one invention replacing another.

An inventor sees a need and then he invents something to take care of that need whatever it may be. It could be a machine or just an object.  We needed a paper to write on and somebody invented it.  There was a need for an ice-cream cone and guess what?  Somebody in Europe invented it.  Oil lamps were not very efficient, so Thomas Edison tried and tried until he came up with the light bulb.

Learning is a life-long process.  We should never quit learning, if nothing else because of necessity.  Since new inventions are constantly being invented and implemented, we have to keep on learning or we will not know how to use the new machines and the new technology.  In some cases it could very well be a matter of life and death.

So far we have mentioned machines and technology, but we cannot stay in a stagnant way of thinking.  We have to learn to adjust to new situations, new ways of thinking, new ways of doing things and new ways of processing information.  The world keeps on changing, and we should be changing with it.  I am not talking about being politically-correct, but rather about recognizing what we are doing wrong and addressing the issue.  If we do that, we will be able to change where we need changing and not change where we do not need changing.  That, of course, will make us a better person.

In essence, keep on learning remembering what was good yesterday may not be good today.  Since information is coming at us from different angles, learn to process it properly.  Look at it from different perspectives, decipher it,  analyze it and then act on it accordingly.  (8/31/17)  thelivinglights.com

YOUR REFLECTION

When you look in the mirror you see your reflection.  That reflection looks exactly like you.  If you want to change that reflection, you change the way you look.  You can shave off your moustache, cut off your beard, dye your hair, comb your hair differently and even put on makeup if you are a lady.  By changing clothes you change your reflection on the mirror. There are literally thousands of things you can do to change your image on the mirror.

Just as the reflection in the mirror is a picture of what you look like, the things you do, how you treat people, with whom you spend most of your time, and how you spend your time and money,  are a reflection of who you really are. Your family, your friends and people who are acquainted with you have a reflection in their minds of who and what you are.

There are people you cannot fool or deceive because they know you too well.  President Lincoln would probably say:  “You can fool most of the people some of the time, you can fool some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.” That is a very true statement.

If you have any type of an addiction, instead of hiding it from people and trying to give a false image, it is much better to deal with the real issue and quit participating in that activity, whatever it may be.  If you need professional help, receive it.  If you are addicted to drugs, alcohol, smoking, sex, shopping or anything else, start doing something about it.  In most cases friends and family are willing to help if you ask them.  If you can afford it or if there is free professional help, run to it.

Some people try changing their physical looks and that in itself might be a good thing for them.  Although changing for the sake of change is nothing,  changing for the better is always good. Unfortunately many people make changes to be accepted by a peer group.  Some examples would be putting on tattoos all over your body, dying your hair blue, green, pink or any other weird color and wearing skimpy clothes to draw attention to yourself.  Some of those fads are expected of adolescents, but when people in their fifties, sixties or seventies do it, it simply looks ridiculous.

A person who has to draw attention to himself or herself normally has low self-esteem.  If you feel good about yourself you don’t need to prove anything to anybody.  You simply enjoy being you, because after all, the best you is you.  Nobody can be you better than you.  You do not have to imitate anybody because you value who you are.

You may be giving a wonderful reflection of your life, but, in essence, your are deceiving people, but more importantly you are deceiving yourself. You cannot deceive God because He is omniscient,  omnipresent and omnipotent.  The Bible tells us that He cannot be mocked (Galatians 6:7).  Eventually after this life is over, all of us will be judged by Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:10).

You may say, “I don’t believe in God, so I won’t be judged.”  My response to that would be, “You may not believe in death, but some day you will die,” or “You may not believe that fire burns, but if you put your hand on top of a flame, it will burn you.” What reflection of your life is God seeing?  Let’s hope it’s one of sincerity, humility, righteousness, kindness, goodness, loving, and honesty.

The legacy you will leave is the one you are establishing now.  Don’t wait until your funeral so people can say, “He was a good man or she was a good woman,” live in such a way that people will say it now while you are alive.  Let your life reflect godly values.  IF, for whatever reason, you have not been giving a good reflection of yourself, it is time to change.  You will not be able to change, unless you change your way of thinking (Romans 12:2).  That is why the Bible says: “As a man thinks, so is he.” – Proverbs 23:7.

Yes, it is possible to change, but you may have to get rid of some preconceived ideas.  Some of them may have been with you since childhood.  Start looking at life with a different perspective – a positive one.  One more thing; remember that reflections are not long lasting.  If you gave negative reflections in the past, they are gone.  Let the new ones be positive.  (8/24/17)  thelivinglights.com

 

LEARN TO BE HAPPY

If you think you cannot be happy unless you have certain things such as a new car, a new house, an important job, a perfect family, lots of sex, illegal drugs or are participating in fun activities, then you will never be truly happy.  Most of those things should have some degree of value and importance to you, but they are temporal and will not give you real joy or fulfillment.

You cannot depend on people, situations or circumstances to bring you happiness. Real happiness has to come from within you. If you sincerely want to experience true happiness, you must learn to be happy under any and most circumstances. If you are not a happy person, in order to change that you will have to discard some of your bad negative habits and develop some new positive ones.

In the Bible in Romans 12:2, the apostle Paul gives us some advice.  It goes something like this:  “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” What that means is that you have to change your way of thinking.  Instead of looking at the world with negative eyes, you have to start looking at it with positive eyes.  Instead of seeing the glass as half-empty, you have to start seeing it as half-full.  If you start doing that, it will make all the difference in the world to you.

Do not dwell on what you don’t have or what you don’t know how to do.  You have to learn to appreciate what you have.  Concentrate on everything that is positive in your life and try to improve it.  If your feet are ugly, don’t complain and feel bad about it.  Think of the people who don’t have legs or feet, and they wish they had them.  If you have an older vehicle and are griping about it, think of a person in a third world country who does not even have a horse or a bicycle.

Maybe you were unable to attend the university or you did, but had to quit for financial reasons and have low self-esteem because of that.  Let’s assume you are about forty years old, in perfect health and belong to the middle class in the USA.  I would be willing to bet that Stephen Hawking, who is a paraplegic English physicist, cosmologist and author would trade places with you on any given day.  Mr. Hawking is one of the most intelligent human beings in the world, but he is missing the two most important things in life; his health and not believing in God.  He is an atheist.  Not only is he suffering in this world, but when he passes to the next one, hell – eternal suffering -  will be waiting for him.

Enjoy everything you do!  That includes your job and any chore that may come up.  Instead of saying, “I have to do that,” say “I get to do that.”  Instead of dreading it and procrastinating, look forward to doing it.  That includes starting new projects, doing different activities, going to different places and meeting new people.  It’s your attitude that will make the difference.  Not only will you be happier, but you will bring happiness to other people too.  You see, a positive and joyful attitude is contagious.

Being happy or sad is a choice we make on a daily basis.  When you go to bed at night, go to sleep happy.  If somebody wronged you, forgive him or her.  The Bible tells us that if we don’t forgive people, God won’t forgive us ((Matthew 6:14).  Besides if you go to sleep mad, you will wake up in a bad mood the next morning and that will ruin your day.

When you wake up in the morning, decide what kind of day you will have.  Decide to be happy and to stay on top of the situation, regardless of what the world may throw at you.  In many cases you cannot control what will happen, but you can control how you will react to it by controlling you thoughts, feelings and emotions. . You do not have to let other people or the circumstances dictate how you will feel.  Do not let them have dominion over you.

You do not have to feel depressed, frustrated, disillusioned, sad, lonely or unimportant any longer.  The apostle Paul tells us to take every thought captive (2 Corinthians 10:5).  What does that mean?  It means that as soon as you get one of those thoughts you should rebuke it.  In other words, do not accept it and change it for something positive.

In conclusion I would like to tell you that you have the weapons within you to defeat unhappiness, sadness, low self-esteem, frustrations, depression, disillusionment, negative thoughts and everything else that may come up against you.  God bless you!  (8/17/17)  thelivinglights.com

WHO IS RAISING YOUR CHILDREN?

Who is raising your children?  For the sake of the children that question needs to be asked and to be answered.  The reason is simply that our children are not necessarily being raised by who they should be or how they should be raised.  For various reasons, there are too many factors involved.

One of the main reasons that our children are not being raised the way they should be is that most marriages are not “till death do them part.”  Now days they are “till divorce do them part.”  Unfortunately the divorce rate is at an all-time high and, instead of getting better it is getting worse.  Marriage has quit being a commitment and now it is a convenience.

Because of the high divorce rate, many children are being raised by stepparents or by their grandparents.  In some cases it does work out rather well, but in many of them it does not. Some stepparents treat the children as it they were their own, but in too many cases they are mean to them.  Not only are there many cases of abuse and child neglect by stepparents, but the latter have even killed children.  In some cases the actual parent in order to please the new spouse has collaborated in mistreating or even killing a child.

Because of the economy many times both parents have to work fulltime.  That leaves the children with a babysitter who may mistreat them.  Even if that does not happen, the babysitter is not interested in teaching the children real values.  That job, of course, belongs to the parents, but if they are not there, they cannot do it.  The children may be surviving quite well physically, but mentally, emotionally, psychologically and spiritually they are being deprived of a normal childhood.

The teen-age babysitter tries to do as little as possible and that is really not her fault since she is not prepared professionally and her pay may even be below the minimum wage.  To her it’s just a way to earn a few extra dollars.  There are some adult female babysitters who do it for a living, but some of them never finished high school and even if they did, they didn’t get any specific training to take care of children.  Of course, the ones who really pay the price are the children.  They are being shortchanged.

Since the babysitter is way underpaid and unprepared she turns on the television for the children.  The television becomes their teacher.  Since most of the TV programs show nothing but violence, hatred,  sex, corruption, witchcraft,  conniving, and everything that goes against godly values, that’ s what the children learn. Because they see so many dysfunctional families on television,  they come to the conclusion that it is normal.

The babysitter may even, with the parents’ consent, allow them to use the computer, I-pod, cell phone or any other electrical gadget to keep them occupied.  Yes, it keeps them busy, but who knows what they may find there?  It could be pornography, violence, bad words, etcetera.  That electrical gadget, whatever it may be, becomes their source of information and instruction.  They might even learn how to make a bomb there, how to kill people and so on.

Even in the public schools, the children may be told that there is no god, that there are many ways to get to heaven, that they can choose their own gender, that marriage is obsolete, or that we evolved from animals.  The question is…who’s teaching your children?  Whether you believe it or not,  your children are at risk.  There are many dangers facing them and it is your job as a parent to protect them.

When everything is said and done, God is going to hold you accountable for how you raised your children (1 Timothy 3:4, Ephesians 6:4, Proverb 22:6).  It’s nobody’s responsibility to teach them but yours.  If you don’t do it, somebody or something else will, but the results could be catastrophic.  Do not let your children suffer because of your immorality,  busyness, immaturity,  irresponsibility or disobedience!   (8/10/17)  thelivinglights

ACCEPT THE THINGS YOU CANNOT CHANGE

Happiness is not an automatic state of being.  We have to learn to be happy by accepting the things we cannot change and by getting the most out of life.  We cannot allow negative circumstances to get the best of us, instead we have to use them as  learning experiences and to come out wiser and stronger on the other side.  Unless we learn to do that, we will not be happy and we will not feel successful.

We should always have realistic goals and objectives. People who do not have them will never accomplish much.  How can you get somewhere if you don’t know where you are going?  You must have a destination.  Some goals and objectives should be rigid while others should be flexible.  You should set your goals and objectives according to the circumstances.  Since circumstances change, your goals and objectives should too.

If you set unrealistic goals and objectives, you are setting yourself up for failure.  If you weigh 130 pounds and you want to be a tackle on the NFL, you would be wise to change your expectations.  If you are 5’5” and you want to play for the NBA, you would be wise to reconsider your way of thinking.  I could give you many more examples, but I think by now you are beginning to understand the main point of this paragraph.

I am not trying to talk you out of your success.  There are many people who will do exactly that. If you want something bad enough and you will stop at nothing to get there, the chances are you will succeed.  Do not let anyone talk you out of your dream.  Most of the successful people had a dream, they went for it, and they accomplished it.  You can join that group if you are willing to work hard, not give up, not listen to the naysayers, be willing to accept criticism, receive advice when appropriate and persevere till the end.

The first thing you should do is to accept who you are, what you are and where you are in life.  Do not worry about the things you cannot change.  Concentrate on your strong points and get even better at them.  Remember that…practice makes perfect.  Nobody is born knowing everything.  As a matter of fact, we are born knowing almost nothing.  We spend the first few years of our lives learning the simple every day things we need to know just to survive.  Some of us keep on learning until we take our last breath.  Unfortunately others quit learning at an early age.  Those are failures.

Many people think that success means accumulating large amounts of wealth, being famous, being popular, having several degrees or traveling a lot.  While those things are nice to have, they do not necessarily bring happiness.  Happiness and success come from within.  If you are happy with yourself, God, spouse, children, job, friends, where you live and your surroundings, you are successful.

You can be happy and successful in a cave because both of them are a state of being.  You do not need external factors to bring you success or happiness.  If you think you are successful and happy, you are.  On the other hand, if you think you are unsuccessful and unhappy you are.  Whatever you think you are, that is exactly what you are.  The Bible tells us: “As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.” –  Proverb 23:7.

In essence, I want to tell you to accept the things you cannot change, to change the things you can for the better, and to be happy as much as you can.  You gain nothing by being frustrated, disillusioned, disappointed,  disgusted, sad or unhappy.  8/3/17

WATERED-DOWN CHRISTIANITY

God does not change, but if He were to change then He would not be God. If that were to happen, He would be like a regular human being.  His statutes, principles, commandments and will stand forever, which is something that the current pastors and evangelists brush aside because that does not bring in new members.  They are more interested in drawing more people in who will give them money on a regular basis. The love of money motivates them more than the love of God.

Several of the pastors and evangelists have properties worth millions and millions of dollars.  One of them has over 250 million dollars with his own private jets and airport.  They teach the prosperity message.  Yes, they are living an extremely prosperous life, while some of the people who give them money are living paycheck to paycheck or on social security.  They do not teach about sin or anything that would make the people feel uncomfortable and that is why the people like it.  They are basically told that they are not accountable for their sinful actions.  Anything goes because they are living supposedly under grace.

Grace means undeserved merit or favor with God.  What it really means is that we do not deserve salvation, but because God loves us unconditionally He sent His only begotten Son Jesus Christ to die on the cross and pay for our sins (John 3:15-17).  What grace does not mean is that we can sin purposely as much as we want and that God will forgive us.  If we die in our sins without repenting, we will wind up in hell and later on in the lake of fire.

In John 8:21, this is what Jesus told the religious leaders of his time:  “I am going away, and you will seek Me, and will die in your sin.  Where I go you cannot come.”  Jesus went back to heaven and if we die in our sin or sins without repenting, we cannot go to heaven, regardless of what the popular pastors and evangelists may be teaching.

In Hebrews 13:8, God says:  “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” You read this correctly…God does not change.  He was, He is, and He will be the same forever and ever.  He has no reason to change.  God has not changed nor His message, but men have changed the message to please more followers. They are getting richer and richer giving people a false gospel of prosperity and licentiousness – a license to sin willfully.

In 2 Timothy 4:34, the apostle Paul tells Timothy, his disciple and fellow worker:  “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.”  Guess what?  That time is now.  People want to hear watered down Christianity and that is exactly what most of the pastors and evangelists are giving them.

Unfortunately right now, people can only say what is socially and politically correct.  It does not matter if it is morally and ethically incorrect.  We know abortion is morally wrong, but society embraces it.  God created Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve. Let us see what God has to say through the apostle Paul.  Romans 1:24-29  – “Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.  For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.  And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers.”

The words above are from the Bible and are not mine, because they are Paul’s the apostle of God.  Preachers are not preaching it because it is not popular.  If they were to preach the truth as the Bible states it, many people would leave their congregation.  Not only would their ministries suffer a financial setback, but personally they would struggle to make ends meet and that is why they compromise.  The Bible clearly tells us that the love of money is the root of all evil (1 Timothy 6:10).

If you are attending a church where they give you a watered-down version of the word of God, move away from there as fast as you can.  Find a church where they give the complete word of God, where they teach about God’s blessings, but also about God’s judgment on those who sin purposely.  That church, the same as God, should love the sinner, but hate the sin and it should tell people to sin no more (John 8:11).   July 27, 2017

 

THE DEATH OF THE TRUTH

If the truth were to really be known, the truth has been dying for quite a few years in the United States. Just like a slow torturing cancer, it had been experiencing a slow painful death up to recently, but now we can compare it to stage 4 cancer delivering a fast agonizing death.

The truth is dying because it has no value anymore. Most people lie as if it were the natural thing to do.  Politicians make many lying promises to get into office. Once they are in office they forget all about the promises that got them elected.

The movies lie, supposedly to make them more interesting to the public.  The spectators go to see actors and actresses do feats in the movies that are humanly impossible. They call those characters super heroes.  Not only do people admire the characters in the movies, but they also admire the actors who portray them.

The teachers and the professors lie to the students because it is politically correct to do so.  Many of them cannot tell the truth, because if they do, they may even lose their jobs. They may be compelled to teach evolution even though personally they may believe in God and creation.  Other may teach that marrying people of the same sex is perfectly okay, although it goes totally against God’s principles and even against common sense.  Still others may teach that “Black lives matter,” instead of teaching that “all lives matter.”

The death of the absolute truth seems to be imminent. Short of a miracle nothing can save it. The lies are rampant in the movies, the radio, the internet and in most of the news channels on television. They do not give the news, instead they give their version of them.

The so-called experts give their opinion on every issue.  It does not matter what the event, the issues or the catastrophe may be, every person on the panel of the so-called experts gives his/her opinion.  They seem to establish what is right and what is wrong.  The public just hears their point of view and consequently it accepts it as if it were the gospel truth.

Unfortunately the people in the news media have the ability to destroy a person’s credibility and even his life if they so choose.  To many times they choose to do exactly that.  On the other hand, they seem to overlook a person’s weaknesses, failures and even wrongdoings if they want to lift him/her up for whatever the reason.

However, regardless of what may happen in the world, there is a truth that will never change and that, of course, is God’s truth.  In John 14:6, Jesus said:  “I am the way, the truth, and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through Me.” Although men may try to ignore it, circumvent it or discard it completely, God’s truth was, it is, and it will be what it is – the absolute, unchangeable, undenying truth.

In John 8:31-32, Jesus said:  “ Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed.  And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”  Although the truth is dying, as we know it, if you read the Bible – the word of God – you will be set free.  Free from what?  Free from ignorance, sin, despair, loneliness, frustration, hopelessness, worries, anxiety, fear, drugs, drinking and anything else that may have you under bondage.

Do not believe or accept the world’s lies.  Live your life with gospel truths and values, not bending, but doing what you know to be right in every situation.  Good luck!  7/20/17

D      I      S      C      O      V      E      R

According to the dictionary one of the definitions for discover is to be the first to find something,  to be the first person to find out something or to be the first one to become aware of it.  That means that the first humans who discovered this world were Adam and Eve.  The first ones who discovered America were the people who first got here and made it their home. Nobody knows for sure who they were.

The scientists are continually finding or discovering something that they did not know before.  It may be a discovery to them, but not to God, or maybe even to people who knew about it centuries ago.  The scientists are always finding new planets,  stars or other heavenly bodies. They probably have always existed, but the scientists were not aware of them.

Necessity is the mother of inventions and for that reason Inventors are always inventing something.  The potential is always there, but if there is no need for that invention or nobody has thought of the possibility there is no invention.   For example; the sun has always been there, but nobody had thought about harnessing that energy and putting it to work as solar energy until somebody thought of the possibility and did it.

Some inventions and vocations become obsolete with time.  Times are constantly changing and today there is no more need for what we needed yesterday.  We no longer need the wheels nor people to repair them for the buggies that were drawn by horses.  Now we need mechanics who can fix automobiles and even those are constantly changing.

One of the best discoveries is when people discover their potential in any given area.  Many people don’t know what they can really do, until the need arises. When they start doing what they thought they could not do or what they had not even thought of doing, they may even find out that they really enjoy it.  Doing what one enjoys and doing it well can really bring satisfaction and happiness to a person.  If you are working in an area that displeases you, change job, vocation or profession and do what really gives you pleasure.  No matter how much you are getting paid it is not worth it if you are miserable doing it.

Some people are looking for something, but they don’t know what it is.  Somehow they can’t put their finger on it.  They jump from one place to another, from one situation to another and even from one relationship to another, but happiness is like an elusive butterfly to them.  They can never seem to find it, let alone catch it.

If you are one of those people, I have some good news for you.  You can find true happiness, but it’s only in one place.  It’s actually not a place, but a person and that person is Jesus Christ. He is God, but at the same time He is a person.  Being God He lived on this earth as a person to experience what we humans go through.  He lived, suffered, shed His blood, died and resurrected from the grave, so that if we believe in Him we would have eternal life.

That void or emptiness that you may feel can only be filled by Jesus Christ.  Once you discover Him and allow Him to come into your heart, you won’t need drugs, alcoholic beverages, possessions, fame nor thousands of friends to make you happy.  Many people have become aware of the love He has for them and have accepted Him as their Lord and  Savior.  Not only have they found joy and happiness, but they will spend eternity with Him.

If you want to discover God’s love for you and find true happiness, receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.  If you don’t know how to do it, read and pray the following prayer to Him and He will receive you as His child.  Your life will change for the better.  Don’t spend another day lost in the wilderness, in the darkness, in doubt, in anguish nor in despair.

“Father God, I repent of all my sins.  Please forgive me as I believe and confess that Your Son Jesus Christ shed His blood on the cross, died and resurrected to pay for my sins. I ask Him now to be my Lord and Savior and for the Holy Spirit to live in me.  Thank You, Father God.  Amen.”

IF you prayed that prayer and meant it, God has forgiven all your sins.  You are as clean as can possibly be.  Find a good born-again Christian church where they teach directly from the Bible.  Read my whole page on a weekly basis and tell your friends about it.  If you are sincere, I will see you on the other side of this life.  Blessings!

WE SHOULDN’T LIVE IN A WORLD WITHOUT LOVE

In the sixties Peter and Gordon used to sing a beautiful song called “A World Without Love.” The lyrics said:  “I don’t care what they say, I won’t stay in a world without love.” Their singing was good, the music was good and the message was excellent.  If you haven’t heard it, you can hear it on the internet.

In the sixties Jackie DeShannon also had a hit song talking about love.  The song was – “Put A Little Love In Your Heart.”  The first stanza went something like this:  “Think of your fellow men, lend him a helping hand.  Put a little love in your heart.  See how it’s getting late, so please don’t hesitate, put a little love in your heart…”

All of us need to put more love in our hearts.  Most of the problems of this world would disappear if we were to do that.

The sixties, of course,  was the flower generation in San Francisco.  Scott McKenzie used to sing the song “San Francisco.”  The beginning lyrics were:  “If you’re going to San Francisco, be sure to wear some flowers in your hair. If you’re going to San Francisco, you’re gonna meet some gentle people there.”  Because of the Vietnam war, young people were putting an emphasis on love and not on hate.  Today we should be doing the same thing.

If we watch the news, the only conclusion we can come to is that “we live in a world without love.”  One of the reasons is that the news media only reports the bad news.  They overlook the good things that are happening around us.  It is sad, but unfortunately very true.  Many people’s perspective would change if the news media were to place a lot more emphasis on  positive events and acts of kindness that people do on a daily basis.

The politicians in our country – the USA – are the worst offenders.  The Democrats blame the Republicans and the Republicans blame the Democrats.  Consequently very little actually gets done in Washington D.C. and instead of demonstrating love and cooperation, they are demonstrating hatred and division.  The political parties spend most of their time fighting each other.  They are setting a very poor example for the young people.

We don’t need to wear some flowers in our hair,  put them on somebody else’s hair, or go to San Francisco,  but we do need to be kinder to one another.  If the adults were to do that, what a lesson that would be for the younger generation and for the little children. They in turn would do the same when they became adults.  Children are like a sponge – they absorb everything they hear and see.  We need to be and set good examples for them.

Many children and even adults admire and emulate famous people, such as movie stars, singers, athletes and politicians.  Unfortunately many of those famous people don’t have any morals or scruples whatsoever.  They live as they please, without regards as to who they may be hurting along the way.  The ones they hurt include their spouses, children, relatives, friends and the public in general.

Let us take the lyrics of the songs that Peter and Gordon, Jackie DeShannon and Scott McKenzie sang and take them to heart by living by love, in love and for love’s sake, which is what God is (1 John 4:8).  Yes, God is love and that’s how He wants us to live.  If we do not live in love and by love, we will have a miserable life and we will wind up in the lake of fire burning and suffering forever.  Love covers a multitude of sins (1 Peter 4:8) and most of our faults.

Do not let your world be one without love.  Be transparent by Loving God, loving yourself and loving others.  Yes, sometimes you will get hurt, but that’s part of life.  overall you will be much happier.  Good luck and may you find true happiness!

 

ACCEPT REALITY

The first step in solving any problem is to realize and recognize that you have a problem.  Once you do that you can come up with several solutions.  After that you choose the most practical one.  The next step, of course, is to come up with a plan and set it in motion.

Regardless of what the problem is you have to accept reality.  The reality can be harsh, but if you do not accept it, the problem will never be solved and the consequences could be extremely severe.  A real problem will not be less real and it will not go away simply because you do not accept it. Actually if you do nothing and just ignore it, it will more likely than not become much more serious.

Accepting reality comes with maturity, but since some people never mature they do not accept reality.  Regardless of their physical age, they act like children and because they do, either they suffer the consequences or the people close to them do.  If they do not accept the responsibility, it falls on their spouse, parents, children or somebody else.

Reality is reality and there are some absolutes that will never ever change.  If a person mistreats his body, sooner or later, it’s time to pay the piper.  If a person does not plan financially for the future, it will get here and he will be up the creek without a paddle.  If a person drops out of high school, the chances are he will never have a job that pays him well enough to support his family the way he should.

I will just give you a few examples, as a few of them will suffice for the wise.  If you are diagnosed with cancer you have a few options; 1. You can accept it and start looking at your options.  2. You can have a positive attitude and do all you can to help yourself.  3. You can do nothing and hope it will work itself out.  4. You can give up all hope and get ready to die.  5. You can feel sorry for yourself and blame others, even God.  6. You can and should get a second or third opinion.  6.  You can work up your faith and ask God to heal you.

Let’s say your spouse is definitely leaving you and there’s nothing to be done.  1.  You can accept reality.  2.  You can beg him/her to reconcile.  3.  You can try to put that experience behind you and move on with your life. 4.  You can feel sorry for yourself and be a basket case. 5. You can learn from that experience.  6.  You can use that situation to get closer to God.  7. You can help others who are going through similar situations.

You have been working for fifteen years for a company and have been an excellent employee, but the owner’s grandson graduates from college, takes over your job and you are dismissed. 1. You can be mad at the world. 2. You can hate that company.  3. You can lash out at the person who took over your job.  4. You could feel sorry for yourself.  5.  You could accept reality, put yourself in God’s hands and move on with a positive attitude.  6. Leaving that job could possibly take you to a better position – either one that would pay more or one that you would truly enjoy.

In case you have not seen it by now, the main point of this article is for you to accept reality no matter what it may be.  All of us go through a crises, sooner or later, but the important thing is that we should come out stronger.  We accept it for what it is, keep a positive attitude, analyze it, come up with a plan and put it into action.  When the going gets tough, the weak break, but the tough get going.    6/29/17

WE HAVE FORGOTTEN WHO WE ARE

It is extremely sad when a person, a family or a group of people forgets who he, it or they are. It is even worse if they never knew who they really were in the first place. As bad as that may seem, it is much worse when a country forgets who it really is.  Unfortunately, that is the case in the United States of America.  We have forgotten how we started, who we were, what we stood for and what we should stand for now in the 21st century.

The absolutes have been thrown out the window, which means that godly values, morals and righteousness no longer play a part in our decision-making process.  Everyone forms his own values as he sees fit because there are no parameters and he can even change those values to accommodate his current situation according to his whims and according to an ever-changing society.

One of the main reasons why our country has turned away from God is because by doing so we can do whatever pleases us and we do not have to justify it to anyone.  By not accepting any spiritual responsibility we can disobey any of God’s commandments and principles without suffering any earthly punishment or repercussions.  While that may be true here on earth, it is definitely not true in eternity.  People who disobey God willingly will be judged at the white throne judgment, be found guilty and will be thrown into the lake of fire to suffer eternally. I have a feeling those people will not have the last laugh.

Our forefathers came from Holland by way of England because they were Englishmen.  They were seeking religious freedom – not freedom from not believing in God – but freedom to attend the church of their choice.  Prior to that they were being forced to attend The Church of England.  As a result of that, they wanted to have separation between church and state. That was their intent, but it was not written into the Constitution as some people may think.

Thomas Jefferson, our third President (1801-1809) was a strong supporter of people choosing their own religion as well as what church they would attend.  To make his feelings clear in 1802 he wrote a letter to the Danbury Baptist Association in which he carefully explained that believing in God was a personal and sacred thing and that the government had no business  telling us how we should believe or not believe.  In essence, he was saying that there should be separation between church and state.  Although he was one of the framers of our Constitution that phrase does not appear in it.         

Separation between church and state was never intended to mean that we could not believe in God or that we could not mention His name in public places, which of course, is today’s interpretation, which is totally wrong.  It only meant that the government could not force us to attend a certain church or to attend church at all.  Believing or not believing in God is an individual choice.  We should not disrespect the believers or the unbelievers.  Currently our government is respecting the wishes of the unbelievers, but not the ones of the believers.  Consequently believers cannot mentions the word  G O D  in public places, but unbelievers can say whatever they want to.

According to the Bible, our first love should be God (Revelation 2:4-7).  Our country became a republic loving God, but we have moved away from our first love and consequently we are spiraling down at a tremendous speed.  Former and not-now President Obama went as far as saying that we were no longer a Christian nation.  More likely than not, he belongs to the religion whose members have caused most of the terrorist attacks.  They keep saying it’s a religion of love, but their acts speak louder than words.

Our country has moved so far away from God that no sin is out of the realm of possibility.  Some examples are:  1. Marrying people of the same sex as if it were normal and natural.  It’s an abomination to God. 2. Abortions and selling fetus’ parts.  3.  Legalizing marihuana.  4. Giving millions of dollars to terrorist nations.  5. Depriving Christian children in public schools of their God-given rights.  6. Legalized gambling and prostitution in some states.  7.  Corruption in our government.  8.  Scams on the internet and by telephone.  9. Racial hatred. 10 Idolatry.

Our country has become an idolatrous nation.  We idolize anything and everything.  Yet God tells us not to have any other gods before Him (Exodus 20:2). Anything we idolize becomes our God.  It could be a person, an automobile, a motorcycle, a sport, possessions, our job, movies, video games or anything else that takes first place in our lives.  God hates idolatry and our people have become infatuated with idols.

We know that Catholics adore so-called saints and virgins.  Yet God tells us not to make or worship any carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; that we shall not bow down to them nor serve them…(Exodus 20:4).  Other religions worship Buddha, Krishna, Allah, the Great Spirit in the sky, Mohammed and who knows what else.

Before it is too late, it is time for us as a nation to remember who we are.  We were born as a Christian republic and as such God blessed us.  Because we have abandoned God, we find ourselves floundering and meandering without knowing where we are going.  It is time to come back to Him and get on the right track again.  thelivinglights.com    6/22/17

 

UNLEARN YOUR NEGATIVE HABITS

Due to your environment, background, acquaintances, educational level, low self-esteem, thought process or past experiences you may have developed bad habits. Because of these bad habits you may speak negatively most of the time. The way you think of yourself and speak influence your life.  The Bible tells us that the way a person thinks that’s what he is (Proverbs 23:7). How do you see yourself?

If you think negatively you have to unlearn that way of thinking and learn how to think in a positive manner.  When you change your way of thinking, you will change your way of talking and when you change your way of talking you will change your life.  In Romans 12:2, the apostle Paul tells us:  “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”

Learn to use positive terminology.  You should never say, “I can’t do that,” because if you do you are already confessing that it is beyond your capabilities.  That means you will not even try to do it, but even if you do you will do it half-heartedly, and, of course, you will fail.  One thing is for sure; you are capable of more than you think you can do.

In Mark 9:23, the Bible tells us:  “Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” Then in Mark 10:27, the Bible tells us:  “But Jesus looked at them and said, “With men it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible.” Instead of saying, “I can’t do it,” say, “With God’s help I can do anything.”

Don’t even say, “I am going to try.”  If you say that what you are really saying is, “I am going to give it a try, but if it seems difficult, I’ll quit.”  What you should say is, “I am going to do it!” It does not matter how long it takes you or how many times you try, if you have that attitude you will succeed.  Thomas Edison tried two thousand times to invent the light bulb.  He did not give up.  Basically he said:  “I just found two thousand ways how not to do it.”  But you know what? – the next time he succeeded. 

Don’t look at a setback in a negative way.  Look at it as a learning experience.  By the same token, don’t look at an obstacle as a defeat; look at it as a challenge to overcome.  Think of the many possibilities to solve it, choose the best option, and then put a plan into action. The words, “give up,” should not be in your vocabulary.  If you are a born-again Christian, ask God to help you.  He will hear you and before you know it you will have the problem solved.

Don’t be afraid of change.  It is through it that you will grow.  The more changes you see, the faster you grow.  The people who see very little change, crack the first time they see a major change in their lives. The people who embrace change are more successful than the ones who do not.    

Be a person of true grit, resolve, moral ethics, perseverance and of great character.   Don’t run away from problems or obstacles.  Don’t meet them necessarily head-on, but tackle them with intelligence. When you overcome obstacles, trials and problems, you are building your character, which makes you a better and stronger person. 

The only thing that has been stopping you is your way of thinking. From now on, speak positively of yourself. Remember; if you believe and confess you can’t, you can’t, but if you believe and confess you can, you can.   (thelivinglights.com)  6/15/17

IT’S GOOD TO BE AWARE

A person cannot grow mentally, emotionally, spiritually or even financially unless he comes face to face with reality.  In other words, he has to see where he needs improvement.  If he does not see it or does not admit it to himself, he will stay in the same situation because he is set on his ways and is unwilling to change. 

Stubborn people who don’t see themselves as they really are will be a stumbling block to others and to themselves.  They will always blame other people for their troubles.  Some of them will even blame God.  They think they are right and that everyone else is wrong.  They criticize everything and everyone. 

It’s always good to be aware of our surroundings, weaknesses, fears, shortcomings, faults, dangers and needs.  If we do not recognize our fears, needs, shortcomings or weaknesses, there is no way we can overcome them.  Once we know what they are we can take steps to remedy them. 

A person who recognizes his fears, weaknesses, shortcomings or faults is half-way to solving them. Then and only then is he able to reach out to others and others can reach out to him.  If he recognizes that he needs help, then he can get professional help if necessary.  Knowing that he knows the problem, his friends can give him some advice without fearing that he is going to get mad at them.  

The only way to solve any problem is to know what the real problem is, to come up with different solutions, to discard the ones that are not feasible – for whatever the reason – and to field test the most logical one first. If that one does not work, then it’s time to field test the second best solution and so on.

Many people see the symptoms of a problem, but fail to see the real problem or what is causing it.  It’s like being in the forest and not being aware that you are in a forest because you are just seeing the trees.  Sometimes you just have to step back, detach yourself from the situation, so you can see objectively.   

The one who can help us the most, of course, is God, but He will not do it unless we call out to Him.  Subsequently, if we do not recognize that we have a problem or if we don’t admit it, He won’t help us. On the other hand, if we humbly and sincerely confess to Father God that we need help, invoking the name of Jesus, He will be attentive to our prayers. 

In conclusion I would like to ask you to look at yourself objectively.  Try to look at yourself and at your circumstances through somebody else’s eyes. You will have a truer and different perspective as to why you are where you are.  Instead of feeling sorry for yourself or blaming others, you will take definite steps to be a better person.  It will not only be a win-win situation for you, but also for the people in your sphere of influence.  Good luck!  (6/8/17)

DECISIONS, DECISIONS, ALWAYS DECISIONS

According to some recent research and studies the average person makes about 35,000 decisions every single day.  Many of those decisions are trivial, insignificant, of minor concern and inconsequential. In most cases the brain takes care of each one of them automatically as it has done thousands or millions of times before.

However there are decisions that are important, impactful and may have serious consequences.  We cannot take them lightly.  If we make the wrong decision we could wind up paying for it the rest of our lives. In some cases it could be a matter of life and death.  Surely we would not want to be at the wrong end of that decision.

Because of the possible consequences, whether positive or negative, we should give every decision the importance it requires. Even what may seem like an insignificant decision could turn out to be of major importance.  As examples, we may decide not to answer a certain phone call, not to answer a certain email, not to talk to someone or not to meet a certain person, yet that person could make a tremendous difference in our lives.  Many people have missed many opportunities by making the wrong decision. 

Some of the opportunities we may lose are not meeting our perfect spouse, not going into business with the right person, not buying property at the right time or place, not making a positive difference in somebody’s life, not taking advantage of bargains, not being at the right place at the right time, not believing who we should believe, believing who we should not believe and, of course, not ceasing the opportunity when it presents itself. 

Something that can get us in hot water fast is going into dangerous situations without really thinking of the consequences.  That includes being a distracted driver, smoking, drinking alcoholic beverages, using drugs, selling drugs, abusing prescribed medication, being what they call “a daredevil,” and in essence putting ourselves in harm’s way. 

There are some decisions that will affect us throughout our lifetimes.  If you do not believe that, you can talk to some of the inmates who will be imprisoned for life, some of the wives or husbands who are miserable being married to the wrong person, some of the people who are taking any job just to make a living because they did not prepare for a profession, career or job, some of the people who did not take care of their bodies and now are extremely ill, some of the people who never got married and are now old, alone and lonely and so on. 

Of all the decisions a person has to make, which will probably be billions in his lifetime, the most important one is choosing where he will spend eternity.  Yes, a person gets to choose.  It’s not a random decision by God or anyone else, but a choice every individual can make.  You have that choice before you right now.

There are two choices as to where a person will spend eternity; the lake of fire or with God. It is not a complicated issue.  If you do not choose God, you automatically choose the lake of fire. It is entirely up to you.  If you want to spend eternity burning and suffering in the lake of fire, don’t do anything and you will get there.  If, on the other hand, you want to spend eternity with God in heaven, then repent of your sins, ask God to forgive you, receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior by faith and try to live a decent life. 

If you have decided you want to spend eternity with God, then in faith, in sincerity, in humility and in a loud voice pray the following prayer to God:  “Father God, I repent of all my sins.  I ask You to forgive me.  As I receive Your Son Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior, I believe and confess that He died for my sins on the cross, that He resurrected on the third day, and that He is at Your right hand in heaven interceding for me now. In the name of Jesus, I also ask the Holy Spirit to live in me so He can guide me and protect me.  Thank Father God for accepting me as your child. Amen.” 

Find a good born-again Christian church where you can learn the word of God and where you can grow in faith,  knowledge and in wisdom.  Keep reading my entire page on a weekly basis.  God bless you!

IS YOUR LIFE A DASH?

Is your life a dash?  In other words, your life is a dash if you have not done anything to make the difference.  Many people go through life just getting by, just doing enough to survive, and not letting anyone or anything affect them.  They don’t get involved because if they do, it will cost them money, time or effort.

Jesus was not a dash.  He came, taught us His word, taught us how to live and gave up His life for us. Because of what He taught and how He lived He made such an impact that two thousand years later people are still following Him. I am one of His followers.  If He had been a dash no one would follow Him.

In Matthew 22:37-40, Jesus tells us:  “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment.  And the second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”

Jesus makes it extremely clear that He does not want us to be a dash.  If we truly love God and love people, we will make a difference by touching people’s lives.  The person who does not touch people’s lives in a positive way is not making the difference.

Abraham had been a dash at seventy-five years old, but then God called him into His service and he became the father of a great nation (Israel) and his name is revered by many people even of different religions.  Genesis 12:1-2 – “Now the Lord had said to Abram: “Get out of your country, from your family and from your father’s house, to a land that I will show you. I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing.” Abraham was anything but a dash. He is a patriarch and the father of the Christian faith.

Moses just like Abraham had been a dash until God spoke to Him from the burning bush.  His life completely turned around.  He went from leading sheep to leading the Hebrew nation.  Exodus 3:1-4 – “ Now Moses was tending the flock (sheep) of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian. And he led the flock to the back of the desert, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God.   And the Angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire from the midst of a bush. So he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, but the bush was not consumed.  Then Moses said, “I will now turn aside and see this great sight, why the bush does not burn.”  So when the Lord saw that he turned aside to look, God called to him from the midst of the bush and said, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.” Exodus 3:9-10 – “ Now therefore, behold, the cry of the children of Israel has come to Me (God), and I have also seen the oppression with which the Egyptians oppress them.  Come now, therefore, and I will send you (Moses) to Pharaoh that you may bring My people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.”

Moses quit being a dash and become a man of purpose with a definite mission.  God wants you to become a man of purpose.

It does not matter where you live, what your job is, how old you are, what your educational level is, what sex you are, what religion you are, nor your social status, you can make a difference.  You can make a difference by touching lives.  Sooner or later everyone needs a favor, a friend, a helping hand, some advice, some attention or financial help and you can be the one who meets their specific need whatever it may be.

If you have been a dash, quit being one and find ways to give back to society, so people will be glad when they see you coming, instead of thanking God when you are leaving.  Leave a legacy so people will remember you because your life made a difference.

ENJOY, ENJOY, ENJOY!

Being happy is a state of mind.  Enjoying certain activities depends totally on you.  Getting the most out of every situation requires your effort.  Seeing the glass half-full instead of half-empty should be your way of looking at things.  You should have a positive attitude regardless of the circumstances.

Since being a happy person is a state of mind,  you should be happy regardless of the weather, your economic situation, your job status, your marital status, the weather conditions, your living arrangements, your friendships and any other circumstances that may be favorable or unfavorable to you.  Happiness comes from within, not from outside sources.  Do not expect other people or material things to make you happy.

Enjoying certain activities depends totally on you.  It does not really matter what the activity is. The more activities you learn to enjoy, the happier you will be.  What would be a dreaded chore to somebody else could be pure enjoyment to you.  Instead of hating doing it, you would learn to enjoy doing it.  Remember…happiness is a state of mind.

To get the most out of every situation requires you to have an open mind and to put forth some effort.  You can think of different ways, meditate on your options, and then choose the best one that will give you the desired optimum results.  There is a silver lining in almost every situation.  All you have to do is find it.  Once you find it, put it into action.  Not only will you be satisfied with the results, but you will be happy with yourself.

You should definitely learn to look at the glass half full and not half empty.  It makes a world of difference.  Look at the positive and not the negative.  See the bright side and not the dark one. There are always two ways of looking at things. Something that may seem negative can become a positive learning experience.  Learning from your experiences will help you tremendously in the future.

You should always have a positive attitude regardless of the situation.  The situation may not only seem bleak, but it may be just that, but if you approach it with a positive attitude, you may come out of it smelling like a rose.  Attitude is 99% of the battle.  Very few people – if any – have found success with a negative attitude.  If you have negative friends, start distancing yourself from them.  You will not bring them up, but they will drag you down.

Some advice; don’t dwell on yesterday’s misfortunes, mistakes or failures. Leave the past in the past.  If you dwell on them, you’ve got nothing to gain and everything to lose.  Don’t worry about the future.  What’s going to happen will happen in spite of your worrying.  Worrying will just give you ulcers and other illnesses, which will take you to an early grave.  Besides you don’t even know if you will make it to the future. You do not have a lease on life.  Besides many times the things we worry about never happen and if they do they are not as bad as we thought they would be.  Everything comes, but it passes.

In conclusion I would like to tell you: “Enjoy the moment!”  It does not matter where you are, who you are with, what you are doing, or what is happening. Learn to enjoy the now because that’s the only thing you have for sure. Everything else can leave you or be taken away from you at any moment, but the present will always be with you no matter where you are.   (5/18/17)

LET US NOT ABUSE OUR FREEDOM

In the United States of America we have a democratic republic with a constitution that protects our God-given rights.  That constitution and those rights have withstood the test of time until now.  Those rights were written in the document so we could live in an orderly fashion helping each other and respecting each other’s rights.

Lately, however, as some groups are demanding more rights than they should have, they are infringing on the rights of others.  This, of course, is bringing violence and chaos to our society. If it is not kept in check it may bring anarchy to our country and if that were to happen it would bring negative consequences to all of us. Yes, there would be repercussions affecting all of us in one way or another.

One of the factors that is always present in a defeat or destruction is division.  An enemy can be defeated a lot easier if there is division within its ranks.  As the saying goes, “Divide and you will conquer.”  Even if you don’t conquer, you have a much better chance of causing substantial damage if you can bring division to the enemy.  That is a strategy that has worked ever since the Devil tried it in heaven.  He did not beat God, but he was able to bring one-third of the angels with him.  Those are the ones that are called “the fallen angels.”

In the garden of Eden the Devil did it again.  There was perfect union between God, Adam and Eve, but the Devil was able to disrupt that harmony.  We lost that relationship we had with God, and that’s why Jesus had to come down to earth to reconcile us back to the Father.  The Devil divided and he caused a lot of harm to the human race.  All the souls who are in hell and the ones who will be there soon are there because of that division.

About the middle of the 19th century our country was divided on the issue of slavery.  That led to the Civil War and thousands of people being killed.  In the South the blacks were treated as possessions, which, of course, was cruel and inhumane.  The blacks suffered a lot through no fault of their own.  That is a chapter in our history that many people would like to forget or to sweep it under the carpet.

Now days the pendulum has swung maybe too far the other way.  If any person, other than a black one, says the word “black” he or she is called a racist and may lose his/her job.  One cannot speak anymore for being afraid of not being politically correct.  Political correctness has  brought an end to free speech.  People are afraid to speak for fear of losing their job, being incarcerated, harassed or ostracized.

People are abusing our court system.  Not only do they sue for political incorrectness, but for anything whatsoever just to get money.  Because the courts award compensation for millions of dollars the insurance companies have increased their premiums tremendously. The pharmaceutical companies are charging an arm and a leg for any medicine that the doctors prescribe.  As with everything else, the consumer is the one who winds up footing the bill.  Of course it’s all done in the name of democracy, but supply and demand is the real factor.

The news media has ceased being a medium of information.  It has become “the source.” Whatever they give us, which is their opinion, not necessarily the news or the truth, is what we have to accept.  It seems as if they have no watchdog to keep an eye on what they are feeding the public, which in most cases is strictly their agenda. No doubt in anybody’s mind, they are abusing the freedom of the press.

One of the best examples of abusing our freedom is exemplified by the Republicans and Democrats.  One party is as bad as the other.  Instead of working for the benefit of our citizens, they work for their individual party.  President Trump would get a lot more done and might even become a good President if the Democrats, instead of fighting him, would cooperate with him and help him protect our interests all around the world.

In essence, I would conclude that if the Republicans and Democrats would work together, if the blacks and the whites would live in harmony, if the wealthy would help the poor, if the states and the federal government would agree and if the scientists believing in evolution would share their findings with the ones believing in creation our country and world would be much better off.

I would like to close by asking you not to abuse your freedom and not to infringe on someone else’s rights.  Yes, you have rights, but so do the others.  When you start demanding, you are stepping on somebody else’s toes.  Instead of demanding, be understanding.  Don’t be part of the problem, be part of the solution! thelivinglights.com  5/11/17

DO NOT FOLLOW THE CROWD

The easiest thing in the world is to follow the crowd.  Many wild animals run in herds and unfortunately many people do exactly the same thing.  They cannot think for themselves and they are afraid to be different.  We should enjoy our differences because that’s what makes us unique.

If all of us were males or females the human race would become extinct in one generation.  If all of us looked exactly alike, this world would be as boring as could be.  Thank God for the differences!  If all of us were followers nothing would get done because we need leaders, and if all of us were leaders there would be no one to do the real work that needed to be done. By now you are probably getting the picture.

Dare to be different, but develop your strong gifts, so you can contribute to this society.  Whatever it is you like or you are good at, get even better at it and help others do the same. If everybody were to do that, this world would be so much better.  We need to work together and share our ideas, interests, passions, abilities and resources.

By working with other people, we begin to understand them and, at the same time, we become more productive. As the saying goes:  “Two heads are better than one.” It would be great if the Republicans and the Democrats would understand this principle, not to mention the different countries.  Even though the countries have different ideologies, they could learn to share, inventions, ideas and even resources.  It would be a win-win situation.

No matter where you may find yourself in the future, dare to be unique and to contribute to society in whichever way you can.  It could be with knowledge, wisdom, intelligence, skills, strength, advice, experience, lending an ear and even with money.  Money is not, by far, everything, but it sure comes in handy many, many times.

If all you do is follow the crowd, you will be mediocre all your life.  Don’t settle for being a member of the herd, be a leader in your own right.  All of us can be a leader in one field or another.  That’s because all of us have skills, abilities, gifts and talents that others don’t have.  If we don’t use our abilities, we are shortchanging ourselves and others as well.  In one group we can be a leader and in another we can be a follower.

By following the crowd, many people fall into using drugs, smoking, drinking, putting on tattoos, joining street gangs, dropping out of school and so on.  Let’s hope you are not one of them, but if you are, start changing.  You do that by renewing your mind – changing your way of thinking.  That’s what this article is all about.  If you are in a herd, you will always be there, unless you change your way of thinking.

Look at your potential, not at your obstacles.  Every athlete that has become rich and famous did it by overcoming many obstacles.  Some of them were told:  “You will never make it.”  Guess what?  They did not listen to the naysayers.  You will always find people who will try to discourage you.  They are part of the herd and will remain there.  They always live insignificant lives, but you can make a difference.

People who follow the herd will never leave a good legacy.  Their lives can be represented by a dash.  A life began ——it ended.  There’s a dash in the middle because nothing of significance happened.  You, on the other hand, can make a difference in somebody’s life or in society in general.

You don’t have to be a famous singer, a well-known movie star, an inventor, a wealthy businessman or anything like that.  Just be the best person you can be wherever you work, wherever you live, with whoever you are and at whatever you do.  Be honest, sincere, polite, friendly, compassionate, merciful, caring, forgiving and loving.

Nobody in the whole wide world can be better at being you than you yourself.  Just be yourself at all times.  Think for yourself and don’t let anybody else think for you.  Good luck! (5/4/17)

 

CHASING AFTER THE WIND

Some people spend their lifetimes chasing the wind.  They think when they catch it, everything will fall into place, but that premise is faulty on two counts; first, they will never catch the wind, and second even if they did, they would still not be completely satisfied.  True happiness and the wind are extremely elusive.  Are you a wind-chaser person?

It’s okay to chase realistic dreams, but not unrealistic or elusive ones. The wind, of course, represents elusive or unrealistic dreams.  Most children have those dreams, but when they grow up, they realize they are foolish or unattainable.  However there are many adults who, for one reason or another, never grow up mentally and keep on chasing the wind.

A person who keeps on chasing the wind will wind up perplexed, disillusioned, disappointed, disgusted and  even frustrated.   Some of those people wind up being a total failure or, at best, mediocre.  Unfortunately some of them become disgruntled and commit heinous crimes against innocent people.  They blame everybody else, except themselves, for their troubles.  Are you one of those people?

What do I mean by chasing after the wind?  I mean that some people are never happy.  They are always looking for something else to make them happy.  They do not understand that happiness has to come from within.  It’s not external, but internal.  If you are not happy with yourself, you will not be happy with anybody else or with anything more. Not only that, but you will never make anybody else happy, either.

People become lovers of themselves.  Almost everything they do is to please themselves.  Very seldom do they think about making others happy.  Their attitude is “if it feels good, do it.” They live for the moment.  That is why they turn to drinking, smoking, using drugs, sex, and whatever else may bring them temporary happiness.  Yes, they do achieve temporary happiness, but in the long run they are really sad people.

Some people think that money and material possessions will make them happy.  Sometimes the man becomes a workaholic, neglects his wife, children and other important aspects of his life.  His wife divorces him and he does not understand why.  He loses the most important people in his life and many times he also loses most of his treasured possessions.

Other men think that being with as many women as possible makes them more “macho.” They wind up hurting many people along the way.  Many of their children grow up without a father image.  Children coming from dysfunctional families turn out to be dysfunctional themselves.  They in turn hurt more people.  The cycle does not seem to end.

In order to have a successful life, we need to have a plan with goals and objectives.  Within that plan we need to set well-thought and realistic priorities.  Although we need to adhere to the priorities of the plan as much as possible, those priorities need to be flexible enough, so we can make changes to them when it becomes necessary. Inflexibility should never ever be part of our lives.

The number one priority in our lives should be our relationship with God.  Be careful here – I am not talking about religion.  No religion will take us to heaven.  On the contrary, many religions lead us into destruction.  God is THE GREAT I AM (Exodus 3:14). He is telling us:  I AM your Savior, Lord, healer, protector, provider, refuge, peace, hope, and anything else we may need.

Quit chasing frivolous things and your life will change for the better. If you must chase something, let it be God.  In Matthew 6:33, God tells us:  “Seek you first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and everything else will be added unto you.” You will never catch the wind, but you can find true happiness if you seek God.  He will let you find Him.  (4/27/17)  thelivinglights.com

THE KEY IS EDUCATION

Learning encompasses everything we need to know to live a successful life. When most people think of learning they think of a formal education, which is, of course, attending school. A formal education is necessary because that’s not only where we learn to read, write, but also many other essential things we need in order to navigate successfully through the oceans of life.

The key to being successful in life is to have an excellent formal education, because that is the key to learn other things we need to learn. If we don’t know how to read, write, express ourselves adequately or do simple math, life becomes extremely complicated. No, it’s not impossible to succeed without a formal education, but the odds would be completely against us. We would constantly be fighting an uphill battle.

However other than a formal education there are many other ways of learning.  The most important one is probably through experience.  That’s how we learn to walk, talk, think, use the five senses and to recognize feelings and emotions.  Everything we learn to do comes through experience.  Not only do we learn from our experiences, but we learn from somebody else’s experiences.  We learn what to do and what not to do through experiences.

A good solid education comes from contact.  The most important one here is contact with other people.  Prejudice would be greatly reduced if there were more personal contact between people of different races, cultures, religions, ages, social groups and so on.  Instead of dwelling on their differences they would enjoy their similarities.

Contact between people and animals is also good.  Many people enjoy being with their pets just as much as they enjoy being with people.  Many people not only protect domesticated animals, but they even protect the wild ones.  Some species of wild life would become extinct if it weren’t for people protecting them and that only comes through education and understanding, which leads to caring for them.

Contact with modern technology gives us an invaluable education.  Where would we be if we did not know how to drive, how to use modern appliances, smart phones or how to use computers? We would be in the stone age. Thank God for people who go beyond a formal education to come up with new inventions.  Those new inventions challenge us to keep up with the latest technology.

Traveling is a wonderful way of receiving an international education.  Traveling allows us to have first-hand knowledge of where and how other people live.  Once we do that,  we can relate to them so much better and they can relate to us.  People who don’t travel, for whatever the reason, are doing themselves a tremendous disfavor because they are not learning from other people.  Every culture has something positive to offer.

Communication is a wonderful tool to enhance our education.  Through communication with other people and the news media we can receive good advice on just about any given subject.  We have to be willing to listen, to think and to meditate on certain ideas, principles or philosophies.  People with a closed mind are missing out by not living the best life they could possibly live by not maximizing their God-given potential.

Reading was and is a good way to improve our education.  Of course we have to be selective of what we read.  We cannot believe everything we read just because it’s printed on a page.  There tons of encyclopedias full of knowledge.  There are also many books that teach us how to do just about everything under the sun. There is a perfect magazine just about for every single person on this planet.

The internet is the current most popular source of information and education.  Since much of what is found there is somebody’s biased or prejudiced opinion, we have to sift the information found there through the strainer of common sense and veracity.  If it doesn’t pass the test, we should not receive it. However, if it does pass the test, it can be very helpful.

The best educational tool without question is the Bible. There are several reasons for that and they are:  1. It is the word of God.  2. It does not change. It was the same yesterday, it is the same today and it will be the same throughout the many tomorrows.  3. It gives us solid and true principles to live by.  4. If we live according to it, we will receive blessings from God.  5. Through its teachings we can achieve eternal life.

Regardless of your age, sex or where you live, if you are lacking education in some important area of your life, and it is within your reach, go and get it.  You will be glad you did.  God bless you!  (4/20/17)

THERE ARE ALWAYS TWO ROADS

There are always two roads; the correct one and the wrong one.  Which one you take is entirely up to you.  You will come to that fork on the road several times every day and you will have to decide whether to go left or to go right.  Most of the time the wrong one will be much easier, but in the end it will bring you negative results.

It started even before you were born.  Your mother had to decide whether to abort you or to let you be born.  If you are reading this, she made the right decision.  She could have taken the easy way out and aborted you.  She would have saved a lot of money, a lot of hard work and a lot of worries.

During all your childhood years you had to decide whether to obey or disobey your parents, your teachers and any authority figure.  If you chose to obey, you are much better off than you would be if you had chosen to disobey. Of course, it would have been much easier for you to disobey because then you would have done exactly what you wanted to do.

When you graduated from high school if you chose to attend college and received your degree in a specific field, you are much better off than the ones who decided not to go to college. While you were in class and later studying they were probably having fun doing what they wanted to do, but now you have the career that you enjoy and are earning much more than they are.

Maybe you got married and decided to be faithful to your wife and to be a good father to your children.  Another person could have decided to take the easy way out; he could have divorced his wife as soon as the going got rough or maybe he was chasing other women and then his wife left him.  If he had children, they suffered because he took the wrong fork on the road. That happens frequently in our society.

Maybe you came from a Christian home, but you thought your parents were too strict, too old-fashioned and out of touch with reality, so you decided to use drugs to spice your life a little. Then you became hooked on them, dropped out of school and now you are homeless or living in a rehab home.  You took what seemed to you the most exciting fork on the road, but in the end it led to your destruction.

It could be that you think that people who go to church are nerds, weak or not too intelligent, so you don’t want to spend your precious time and money getting involved.  After all, you are smarter than that.  Let’s say you die and you get to the pearly gates and God tells you:  “I never knew you.  You are going to hell.”  You would have definitely taken the wrong fork on the road.  You would regret it, but there would be nothing you could do.

You are a fork on the road now.  Let’s hope you choose the correct direction.  If you have never received Jesus Christ before as your Lord and Savior, you have that opportunity now. You don’t need any special training or have been a model citizen, but you do need to repent and ask God to forgive you.  If you do not want to spend eternity burning and suffering in the lake of fire, in all honesty, sincerity and humility pray the following prayer to God.  He will hear you, forgive you and give you eternal life with Him.

“Father God, I repent of all my sins.  Please forgive me.  I believe and confess that Jesus Christ suffered on the cross, died to pay for my sins, resurrected on the third day and is at your right hand praying for me now.  I ask Him to be my Lord and Savior and for the Holy Spirit to live in me, so He can guide me and protect me.  Thank You, Father.  Amen.”   April 13, 2017

BE UNPREJUDICED AND UNBIASED

Before you give your opinion on any subject, topic, event, situation, government, religion or person do your homework.  In other words, get all the facts, look at the pros and cons, understand the circumstances and investigate the reason or reasons behind it.  Be aware that not everything is as clear as black and white.  Many times we will encounter shades of gray.

Do not prejudge a person or a situation.  If you had done that, many of your friends would not be your friends and many of the endeavors you have undertaken with much success would have stayed undone.  It’s much better to simply let life take its course, but do not misunderstand me you still have to be a responsible person by thinking, analyzing , meditating, asking for advice and praying to God before making any major decision.

When you go into any situation go into it with an open mind.  Be willing to change your perspective or way of thinking if the situation calls for it.  Don’t go into any situation with a biased, prejudiced or predisposed mind.  If you were to do that, you would only see, hear and understand what you wanted to see, hear or understand.  Unfortunately many people are doing exactly that.

Do not let past failures stagnate your future.  In other words, just because you failed before does not mean you are going to fail again.  Learn from your failures and don’t repeat the same mistakes over and over again because if you do, you will keep on failing.  However if you do your homework and take a different approach the chances are you will succeed. Thomas Edison tried many times unsuccessfully to invent the electric light bulb, but he never gave up until he actually did it.

Don’t be gullible and believe everything you hear, whether it be from a friend, a so-called expert or the news media.  Unfortunately many of the members of the news media are prejudiced and biased.  Instead of reporting the news, which is really their job, they give their personal opinions.  It is very difficult to find a news media that reports the facts just as they happen without adding or subtracting from them.  Every radio or TV stations seems to have its own agenda.

Be extremely careful when receiving information.  Make sure it’s not gossip, slander, defamation or propaganda to justify someone’s agenda.  Anything can be justified, but that doesn’t mean it’s the right thing to do.  All the dictators justify their dictatorial rule, but the people are still suffering.  A poor person can justify selling drugs to earn money, but it’s illegal, immoral and it hurts people.

Although we talked about approaching everything with an open mind there are absolute truths that you have to adhere to.  If you don’t you may have to pay dire consequences.  For example; if you jump from a ten-story building, you will die.  If you drive inebriated the chances are you will crash.  I can give you thousands of examples, but I truly believe these two will suffice.  Since absolute truths will always be absolute do not try to bend the rules or you will find yourself on the losing end. (March 5, 2017)

YOU CAN BE SOMEBODY’S MIRACLE

When you saw the title probably the first thing that popped into your mind was that you could not possibly be somebody’s miracle.  Your immediate reasoning would probably be that you are not wealthy, that you are not especially gifted in any area, that you don’t practice the gift of healing, that you don’t have much faith, that God does not even hear your prayers and maybe that you don’t even feel comfortable talking to people.

All those points could be valid, of course, under certain circumstances, but there are always exceptions to the rules.  The answer is not always an iron clad “yes,” or “no” to any of our questions.  In most cases there is always a way out no matter how bleak the situation may seem at the time.  All we have to do is stop, think, pray to God and look at our options.

The question is…How can you be somebody’s answer to prayer or somebody’s miracle?  People have many needs and most of them are not financial or miracle healings.  All a person may need at a certain time is a smile and you definitely can give him or her one.  A simple smile could make somebody’s day.  Clint Eastwood would probably agree with that.

Some people could need a hug to be assured of their self-worth and you could give it to them.  It wouldn’t cost you any money, but it would have a great impact on their lives.  All of us need to feel needed, wanted and that somebody cares about us. We may have fame, fortune and thousands of acquaintances, but if we don’t feel loved, we are just as bad as an empty shell.  An embrace or a word of encouragement could make the whole difference in the world to us.

Your words can destroy or edify people.   Use them to build up people.  Many parents destroy the lives of their children by telling them things, such as:  “You’ll never amount to anything,” “You will not be able to accomplish that,” or “You’re not smart enough to go into that.”  Instead we should be telling our children, “The sky is the limit for you,” “You can achieve whatever you set your mind to,” or “I’m behind you 100%.”

Let’s suppose the automobile of a young couple with a three-month-old baby and a two-year-old child breaks down on the freeway and the temperature is at 115 degrees.  You happen to have jumper cables, tools and you know a little about cars.  You stop and in about ten minutes you help them get on their way. You would have been their miracle. You may have even saved the baby’s life.

Maybe you have first or second-hand knowledge of someone being scammed on one of those schemes being perpetrated through the internet, the mail or via the telephone and you hear of an elderly couple that is about to fall into that trap and you warn them.  You may have saved them thousands of dollars.  You would be their guardian angel.

By now hopefully you have realized that you don’t have to be Superman, Batman, the Spiderman, Indiana Jones, a superstar or an angel to be somebody’s miracle. You already have all the tools you need, which are:  a smile, a handshake, a pat on somebody’s back, a hug, your friendship and a willingness to help others in their time of need, whatever that need may be.

I left this miracle to be the last one I would discuss because it is the most important one bar none and that, of course, is the miracle of salvation.  Anybody who has not accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior is going to spend eternity burning and suffering in the lake of fire. You can be somebody’s hero and miracle by bringing them into the saving knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

No religion or quantity of good works can bring you to heaven.  The saying goes:  “The road to hell is paved with good works and good intentions.”  In John 14:6, Jesus said:  “I am the way, the truth, and the life.  No one comes to the Father, except through Me.”

Regardless of your sex, age, culture, religion, social status or anything else, you can spend eternity with God if you repent, ask God to forgive you and receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.  If you don’t know how to proceed, read the prayer below and when you understand it, pray it to God aloud in all sincerity and humility.  He will hear you and you will become his son or daughter.

“Father God, I repent of all my sins.  I ask You to forgive me.  I believe and confess that Jesus Christ is Your Son, that He suffered, died on the cross to pay for my sins and that he resurrected on the third day.  I ask Him to be my Lord and Savior and for the Holy Spirit to be my companion,  guide and counselor. Thank You, Father.  Amen.”

You will learn a lot if you keep coming back to my page.  Find yourself a good Bible-teaching church, so you can get closer to God.  He is still in the miracle-performing business.  If you need a miracle ask God in faith and He may just surprise you.  God bless you!

thelivinglights.com March 30, 2017

THE NEWS MEDIA

With the explosion of technology the news media can report information as it is happening in any part of the world.  Of course, that is a tremendous asset to the reporters all over the globe.  It is also a blessing to any person in the world because we are always aware of what is happening at any given moment.  Consequently the resources that are needed to ameliorate the situation get there much faster than before.

Because the reporting is done live sometimes the facts are not yet fully known.  Therefore they give an incomplete report or even an erroneous one.  For that reason many times the viewer does not receive accurate information.  As a reviewer we should process it, taking various factors into consideration.

Some of the factors we should take into consideration are:  1. Are the facts complete?  2. Is the person being interviewed biased or prejudiced?  3.  Is the reporter asking the proper questions? 4. Is the reporter biased or prejudiced?  5.  Is that channel reliable for giving the news correctly

without altering them?  6.  If it is a controversial subject, are they giving equal coverage to both sides? 7. Are the facts up to date?

Unfortunately the owners of some of the TV channels or radio stations have their own agenda and consequently the reporting only covers one side of an issue.  They only interview people who agree with their way of thinking.  If they interview people who oppose their ideas, they give them less time or ask them pointed questions. As a viewer each one of us should know the integrity of the reporting of that particular station or reporter.

One of the most popular ways of getting the news is through the internet.  The only thing wrong with that is that it does not seem to have any controls on it. Just about anybody can write something there.  Many times what is said on it has no veracity and cannot be substantiated by any facts whatsoever.  Nevertheless because the people see it in writing they take as the gospel truth.

Probably the worst thing about the internet is that there is much false information on it.  We cannot and should not take it at face value because it could cause somebody harm.  It could even harm ourselves. We have to sift its information through the strainers of practicality, truthfulness, intelligence and wisdom.

On a positive side the internet is helping tremendously because it does provide a lot of information that we have available to us at our fingertips.  We don’t need to go to the library, read volumes of encyclopedias, read books on the subject or seek an expert in the field. We can find the information needed right at home in our computer.  We just have to learn how to use it intelligently.

The essence of this article is for you to learn to use the news media properly.  Use it intelligently with practical wisdom.  Don’t just believe what they say for the sake of believing.  Do not let it shape your opinion nor change your godly principles.  Just use it to receive information – nothing more, nothing less.

THE MAN WHO HAS NO WILL OF HIS OWN

A pilot flying an airplane without any instruments will never get to his destination because he has nothing to direct him.  He may fly in circles or he may land somewhere, but he has no idea where he is, much less have any control over the situation.  We could say that he is at the mercy of chance.

A rider riding a horse bareback without reins, a bridle or a rope will go wherever the horse will take him.  He has no way of controlling the horse or of knowing where the horse will take him. He is at the mercy of the circumstances and the horse.  Not a very good idea to do that.  It’s much better to be in control of the horse at all times.

A man who has no character gets pushed around by people and by the circumstances of life. He is forced to meander through life because he does not have the character or the guts to oppose whatever comes against him.  About the only thing he knows how to do well is to bend.  The only problem with that is that after he bends so many times comes the breaking.  The only question is…How many times does he have to bend before he breaks?

A man who does not plan his life has no idea how he will live, where he will live or with whom he will be living.  He goes through life drifting from place to place many times being a burden to others.  Since he has no skills, trade or profession he has to take any job where he is accepted.  Does not sound like an exciting way to live.

A man who has no will of his own will wind up doing somebody else’s will.  Believe me there are plenty of people out there who want to impose their will on you.  If you don’t have a will of your own yet, develop one because if you don’t, you will be a sitting target.  All it takes is for you to change your way of thinking.  Think of yourself as someone who has great value in the eyes of God and even to other people.  Nobody is more important than you, regardless of their position or social status.

God wants you to have a will that coincides with His.  If your will does not coincide with God’s will then it coincides with the devil’s.  That, my dear friend, is the worst thing you can do. If you do the devil’s will, you will wind up in the lake of fire suffering and burning forever and ever. That is not a very pleasant thought.

Don’t enticed by the carnal things nor be swayed easily by persuasive rhetoric, but rather remember who you are, where you’ve been, what you’ve learned and where you are going.  If you do that you will get there sooner or later.  You may deviate a little or it may take you a little longer than expected, but if you persevere you will get there.  (March 15, 2017)

 

WHY DID DONALD TRUMP BECOME PRESIDENT? (March 9, 2017)

Why did God allow Donald Trump to become President of the United States? That is the question that many people, and especially unbelievers and Democrats, are asking.  Yes, it is a logical and valid question, but one that is not that difficult to answer if one knows the Bible and American history. We need to go back to our roots.

If you read the Bible you will find out that every single time that Israel had a king that did wrong in the eyes of the Lord, God would punish Israel, and, by the same token, every time that Israel had a king that did what was correct in God’s eyes, Israel would be blessed.  The Jews are God’s chosen people, whether we like it or not, and that is why God deals with them the way a father would deal with his children.

I will give you just one of many examples in the Bible when a king did what was wrong in God’s eyes: 2 Kings 13:1-3  – “In the three and twentieth year of Joash the son of Ahaziah king of Judah Jehoahaz the son of Jehu began to reign over Israel in Samaria, and reigned seventeen years.  And he did that which was evil in the sight of the Lord, and followed the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, which made Israel to sin; he departed not therefrom. And the anger of the Lord was kindled against Israel, and he delivered them into the hand of Hazael king of Syria, and into the hand of Benhadad the son of Hazael, all their days.”

The anger of the Lord has been kindled against the United States because of abortion, gay marriages, legalizing marijuana, pornography, violence and nudity in movies, corruption in the government, lack of morals, idolatry (immigrants bringing foreign idols into our country), Obama disdaining Israel and much more. God has been removing His covering from us little by little.  Hopefully now that Donald Trump is President God will protect us again.

God brought Donald Trump into the Presidency because he wants to restore America to what it once was – a Christian nation.  Obama said that we were no longer a Christian nation and did not allow Franklin Graham to pray for our nation on “The National Day of Prayer.” On the other hand, Donald Trump has had many Christian leaders pray for him and for our nation. Many of us are continuing to pray for him, our nation and for the world on a daily basis and that will make a huge difference.

Way back in 1620 we started as a Christian group of people and God wants us to come back to our first love (Revelation 2:4).  In the Old Testament Israel was “The Promised Land.”  Too many immigrants the United States has become “The Promised Land.” We became that because God prospered us for being a Christian nation.  People from other lands want to live in our country because of our freedom and prosperity. I don’t blame them one bit.  However they should come in legally and not illegally.

We were losing our prosperity, our freedom and the respect we had throughout the world because we were moving away from God.  President Trump is bringing back our freedom, our prosperity and our respect by bringing us back to God.  In the Old Testament every time the Jews had a godly king God would bless them. God will bless us once again because we are praying and because we elected a President who has Christian values.

Mr. Donald Trump did not only become President because of his principles and values, but also because he is a very strong person. With all the attacks he is getting from the Democrats, the news media, the so-called famous people, world leaders and even some Republicans he remains strong and sticks to his convictions.  Some other person would have thrown in the towel by now.

Our country and the world need a strong leader and Donald Trump fits the bill.  He can deal with Iran, North Korea, Russia and anything else that comes his way.  There was such a man as him in the Bible.  His name was king David – a man after God’s own heart (Acts 13:22).  It is quite possible that Donald Trump may be a man after God’s own heart.

When the Jews were about to be exterminated in the Old Testament, Mordecai, Esther’s uncle, told her that she was raised…”for such a time as this.” Esther 4:14.  I sincerely think that Donald Trump became President of the United States for such a time as this.  The chances are that nobody else could handle the job.

Do not misunderstand me, I am not saying that he is a saint or that he has salvation. He may or may not be a saint and he may or may not be saved, but I, for one, don’t know.  Only God knows that for sure, but what I am clearly saying is that God chose him to be our President (Romans 13:1-2).  If the Republicans and the Democrats work together with the President it will help all of us.  The bickering and the backstabbing that is going on is hurting all of us.

YOU HAVE TO RELEASE

Many people, including some Christians, are not receiving God’s blessings because they haven’t learned to release.  They expect blessings, but keep on making the same mistakes over and over.  They find themselves in a vicious cycle that can never change, unless they change.

God is love (1 John 4:8) and if you have hatred bottled up inside you, He cannot bless you.  You may justify your anger to yourself and even to other people, but the bottom line is that it’s wrong and it will continue to eat you inside as long as you hang on to it. You have to release that anger by sending it to oblivion.

Somebody may have done you wrong and you cannot seem to forgive them.  Not necessarily for their sake, but for yours you have to forgive them.  Release that feeling and replace it with forgiveness.  It does not mean that person has to be your best friend, but it does mean you do not carry any animosity toward him or her.

Supposing you have a deep-rooted fear or phobia because of what happened to you a long time ago, you have to get over it.  If you don’t, it will possess you and will rob you of the happiness you could have.  The fear may not even be real only exist in your mind.  The Bible tells us that as a man thinks in his heart, so is he (Proverbs 23:7).  If you have any phobias it is time for you to say good-bye to them.  Release them into the wind.

When enter any type of competition or contest you have to believe that you are going to win. If you believe that, you will give it your best effort and the outcome will be so much better than if you went in with the attitude that you were going to lose – that you didn’t have a chance of winning. Your attitude plays a major role in whether you will experience success or defeat in anything you do.

If you pray, but don’t really believe God will answer your prayer, He won’t.  If that is your case, don’t even pray because you will be wasting your time. When you pray you have to release your faith.  God does answer prayers, but He does it through your faith.  The Bible tells us that without faith it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6).  Many times when Jesus found somebody who needed a miracle, He would tell them something like this:  “Let it be done according to your faith.”

If you feel frustrated, guess what?  You have to release your frustrations.  If you don’t those frustrations will only bring more frustrations.  Learn to put on a happy face.  Everybody enjoys winning, but we have to learn how to lose gracefully.  After all, life is not always a picnic.  Just because we lose a battle does not mean we are going to lose the war.  It takes courage to persevere, but that’s exactly what winners do.  My advice to you is release your frustrations and keep on trucking.

All of us have troubles of one kind or another.  The chances are you have some too.  Don’t let them bother you.  Release them to God.  He can handle, you can’t.  God tells us to bring all our troubles to Him in prayer and supplication (Philippians 4:6).  Have you ever heard of some problem being solved because somebody worried? Do the best you can to solve them, but don’t worry about them.  In many cases what will happen will happen.

So far we’ve been talking about negative things.  Let’s change to the positive ones.  If you are afraid of releasing your love because you have been hurt before, you have to release it again.  If you don’t you will be miserable.  Yes, some people will disappoint you, but God made you to love not to hate or to be indifferent.  True happiness comes with loving people and being loved.  If love is not present in your life, I sincerely feel sorry for you.

Don’t squander your money or possessions, but learn to release them when necessary.  Don’t be a hoarder.  You heard the expression:  “You can’t take it with you.”  Have you ever seen a hearse being followed by two semi-trucks carrying the belongings of the deceased person? Use your money and possessions to help the less fortunate.

Don’t be afraid to be yourself. Don’t try to imitate others. Be the best you, you can be because you don’t necessarily have to please everyone.  No matter how hard you try, some people will not be satisfied.  It’s their problem, not yours.  Release your true personality without being rude, unkind or insulting people. After all, nobody can be you, but you.

thelivinglights.com  rlsalvation@sbcglobal.net  3/3/17

HOW TO LIVE A FULFILLED LIFE

It is very unfortunate but most people do not live a fulfilled life for several reasons.  They fall short in several areas as you are going to see as you read this article.  We know almost for a fact that you fall short in some of the areas, but since it is never too late to make adjustments hopefully you will make the necessary ones.

I like to call the different areas the Ls.  The first “L” is learning.  Regardless of your age you should never stop learning.  When you stop learning you have no reason to look forward to tomorrow.  Life becomes boring to you.  Death comes quicker.

The second “L” is living.  You should live life to the fullest.  It does not really matter what you do, but it does matter that you enjoy it.  If you enjoy it, life will be much sweeter to you.  You will look forward to the next activity no matter what it might be.

The third “L” is loving.  Love yourself, love people, love God and love doing things. Without love you are an empty shell.  An empty shell is worthless.  You have value, other people have value and God definitely has value.  Love, love and love.  Never quit loving.

The fourth “L” is longing.  Always be longing for something and looking forward to getting it.  It could be a spouse, a new-born child, a new house, a new car, a new job, retirement, a vacation and so on.  When you quit dreaming, you quit living.

The fifth “L” is leaving the past in the past.  Sure you probably have had some unpleasant experiences.  Don’t dwell on them.  They can only drag you down.  Forget about them and look forward to a brighter future.  The Bible says:  “As a man thinks, so is he.” –  Proverbs 23:7.

The sixth “L” is letting God into your life.  You can do that by accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.  If you do not accept Him in your life you will spend eternity burning and suffering in the lake of fire.  If you have never done it, you should do that now.

The seventh “L” is look at yourself the way God looks at you. Don’t look at yourself the way some people may look at you.  Romans 8:37 – “Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.” Philippians 4:13 – “I can do all things through Christwho strengthens me.” God loves you and you are very important to Him.

The eighth “L” is leaning on God.  God says to bring all your problems to Him in prayer and supplication – Philippians 4:6.  Guess what?  He can handle them, and in many cases you cannot handle them because they are bigger than you are.

The ninth “L” is let the Holy Spirit guide you in making decisions.  He knows the past, the now and the future.  He knows what’s best for you.  Pray for Him to guide you in everything you do, and He will.

The tenth “L” is learn not to worry.  Have you ever seen a problem solved by worrying? I am sure you have not because it does not happen.  Worrying is just a waste of time, energy and it makes you get older.  Worrywarts die sooner than the people who refuse to worry.

The eleventh “L” is look forward to spending eternity with God.  In John 14:1-3, Jesus told His disciples the same thing He would tell us:  “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.”

The twelfth “L” is look up because your redemption draws near – Luke 21:28.  Yes, Jesus Christ is coming back for us in what is known as “the rapture.”

thelivinglights.com  rlsalvation@sbcglobal.net  2/23/17

S   U   P   E   R   S   T   I   T   I   O   N

According to the dictionary one of the definitions of superstition is:  “A widely held but unjustified idea of the effects or nature of a thing.” Superstitious people do certain things or do not do others because they think certain consequences will follow. Although there may be no scientific proof at all they believe it with all their heart, soul and body.

If you are a superstitious person, I hope this article will set you free.  You need to be set free from unfounded ideas, old people’s tales, illogical superstitions and just plain nonsense.  Jesus Christ Himself said in John 8:36 – “Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.” That freedom is free from guilt, shame, lies, fear, sin, superstitions, the second death and from everything else.

Some people do not do business on Friday the 13th because they think it brings bad luck.  Everything else being equal, the 13th is just like any other day.  Do business on that day as in any other day, but examine the pros and cons before signing the contract or doing business.  That, of course, also holds true for any business you may do on any given day.

Some people never walk under a ladder.  Unless there is something on top of it that could fall on your head, there is no problem whatsoever with walking under it.  Of course if there is a gallon of paint on top of it, a hammer, a drill or something else, it would be a wise thing to walk around it.

Some people hate to see a black cat cross their path.  Black just happens to be his color.  Let as many black cars as possibly cross in front of you and nothing will happen to you out of the ordinary.  The same principle holds true for any black animal that may cross your path.  Don’t fear them, unless they are wild and could cause you harm.

People believe that if they have itchy palms they are going to receive money.  Of course it is not necessarily true.  In some cases it may happen, but it is just by coincidence.  I hate to burst your bubble in case you have itchy palms.  However if you do receive money, more power to you.

If you break a mirror on purpose or by accident, don’t worry about it.  No bad luck will come to you because of that.  It could come for other reasons, but not because you broke a mirror.  Things do have a tendency to go wrong sometimes.

There are those who think crossing their fingers or knocking on wood will bring good luck to them.  Those are just myths.  But if it makes you feel good, by all means do it.  Many times if we have a good attitude it does change things for the better. Positive thinking is a tool that all of us should learn to use.  The Bible says:  “As a man thinks, so is he.” – Proverbs 23:7.

Some people actually carry a rabbit’s foot for supposedly good luck.  They would probably also carry a horseshoe if it weren’t so darn heavy.  Neither one of those will help you, so if you have them, get rid of them.  Be free! There is nothing better than feeling relaxed, comfortable and free.

If you have seen Walt Disney movies you may be wishing upon a star or carrying a four-leaf clover.  Sorry to disappoint you, but no star can grant your wish and no clover, regardless of how many leaves it may have, can bring you good luck.  Instead of wishing upon a star, set goals, make plans and carry them out.

You may think you have beginner’s luck in the casinos because they may let you win a few hundred dollars, but then they take you for thousands. Yes, they take you to the cleaners.  Some people lose all their money and then they pawn their wedding rings or whatever else they may have of value.  Don’t be one of them!

Many people refuse to take the number 666 on anything.  The reason being is that the Bible says that’s the number of the antichrist.  According to the Bible the people who agree to take that number, either written on their hand or on their forehead, will lose their salvation and will wind up suffering eternally in the lake of fire. Therefore refusing to take the number 666 in any way, shape or form may be justified.

To some people believing in God is a superstition, but to me it is not.  The reason is very simple; Jesus appeared to me in a vision in 1978.  He has also allowed me to hear His voice audibly.  To me it is a fact that God exists and that He is who the Bible says He is.  It is not a superstition; it is knowledge.

Prayer can change things.  That is not a superstition; it is a fact.  Some people who were terminally ill have been prayed for and have been completely healed.  People who have been declared clinically dead have been brought back to life when people prayed for them. If you don’t believe in God, pray this way:  “God, if you are real, make Yourself known to me.”  If you are sincere in asking, one way or another He will let you know He is real.

I sincerely hope this article helps you get rid of some of your superstitions.  They are not doing you any good, but they may be blocking you from living life to the fullest.

rlsalvation@sbcglobal.net  2/16/17

WHO IS BRAVE?

The world has an erroneous concept as to who is brave.  Some of the reasons are what we see in the movies, who is good in sports, who looks forward to getting into fights, and who fights to the bitter end.  Some of those involved in those activities may be brave, but not necessarily all of them.  Some of the people who are involved in those activities do it for different reasons, which may have nothing to do with being brave.

By human standards some of those people may appear to be brave, but not necessarily according to the way God sees them.   In Isaiah 55:8-9, God Himself puts it this way:  “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.” A person who we consider brave God may consider a coward and a person who we consider weak or a coward God may consider strong. That’s because God does not look at the results, but at the motive and at the heart of the person.

Being brave is not necessarily never being afraid.  A brave person is one who, in spite of being afraid, confronts danger and overcomes.  If he is not afraid that is just being confident because he knows he has the upper hand for one reason or another.  Unfortunately many people are bullies because they know the other person is physically, psychologically or emotionally weaker than they are.  The brave persons are the ones who, in spite of danger to themselves, defend the victims from being bullied.

A brave person is not one who has been divorced one, two, three or four times, but one who perseveres in the marriage come rain or come sunshine.  Many children grow up without a father image or a mother because his or her parents called it quits.  The parents took the easy way out.  A mother who gives up her children for adoption or a father who leaves a wife with children are not heroes, but cowards.

A lady with children who becomes a single mother because the husband abandons her or because she becomes a widow and raises the children by herself is a real heroine.  The man who leaves her is a scoundrel.  We have too many cases where that happens. The ones who really suffer the consequences are the children.

An adolescent who does not finish high school because supposedly it’s boring or he is too lazy to study is not brave, but an irresponsible human being.  Many of them wind up working at fast-food restaurants complaining because the minimum wage is too low.  No, they are not brave. They take the path of least resistance and become a burden to society.

A person who becomes what is known as “a daredevil” is not brave, but irresponsible.  He or she is constantly defying the odds and sooner or later, the inevitable will happen.  People like that do not really value human life. If they were to love their immediate family, they would not make it go through what the family goes through every time they put themselves in harm’s way.  No, they are not brave; they are without feelings.  What they do is not bravery, but plain stupidity.

Being brave is being consistent, having perseverance, keeping one’s word, doing what is correct in any given situation, not evading obstacles, accepting responsibility, maintaining true and godly values and overcoming any challenges that may present themselves. Lack of character forbids many people to live by the already mentioned principles.

There are different types of bravery and brave persons.  A brave person could be one who finds himself or herself in a compromising situation and, in spite of the danger, fear or circumstances, acts quickly to solve the problem whatever it may be.  As mentioned in the previous paragraph the majority of brave people are the ones who live life being consistent, doing what is right for them and others, and persevering regardless of what life may throw at them. Those are the real heroes.  Are you one of them?

rlsalvation@sbcglobal.net  thelivinglights.com  2/9/17

THE FOOLISH THINGS TO PEOPLE

As society keep changing some things become foolish in the eyes of men, but not in the eyes of God.  The main reason being is that absolute values seem to be going into oblivion, not become they have become obsolete, but because society continues to become more and more permissive and tolerant as time goes on.

Since God does have absolute values that never change, in many cases, people’s values are foolish to Him.  In Hebrews 13:8, the Bible says:  “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” He does not change.  What was true six thousand years ago is true today and it will be true throughout eternity.

It was in the Garden of Eden – Genesis 3:6-7 – where  the human race through Adam and Eve first disobeyed God. It sounded foolish to them to obey God and not their own desires.  It still sounds foolish to the majority of people to do God’s will and not their own. That is why sin abounds.  Consequently because of Adam and Eve’s disobedience they became separated from God. Unfortunately it affected the whole human race, not just them.

It sounds foolish to most people that we can come back to God and live with Him forever by accepting Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.  In John 14:6 Jesus tells us:  “I am the way, the truth, and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through Me.” Those who think it’s foolishness to believe and call on Jesus Christ will spend eternity burning and suffering in the lake of fire.  Don’t be one of them!

To God it’s not foolishness for us to believe in Him.  That is exactly why He sent His only begotten Son Jesus Christ (John 3:15-17) not only to offer salvation to us, but to let us know what God the Father is like.  In John 14:9, Jesus told Philip, one of His disciples, the following: “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?”

There is only one God, but He has three different manifestations.  He is a triune God.  The manifestations are:  Father God, who is on His throne in heaven, Jesus Christ who is at the right hand of the Father, and the Holy Spirit who lives in every believer.  Yes, He lives in us. That is the little voice that sometimes tells you not to do something or to help someone. However if you don’t pray, don’t read the Bible and have never received Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, the Holy Spirit is completely dormant in you.

People who do not believe in God think this life is all there is.  That’s why they live it according to what pleases them at the time.  They participate in living together, prostitution, adultery, pornography, fornication and same sex marriage – an abomination to God (Romans, chapter 1).  It may be extremely popular and legal, but they are going to wind up suffering eternally in the lake of fire. Right now it’s foolish for them not to participate in those activities, but the real foolishness is suffering eternally for the sake of having immoral sex.

It’s foolish to people not to lie, not to steal and not to connive because by doing those things they may get ahead in this wicked world.  However participating in them is foolishness to God because they go totally against His principles and His commands. Even in this world, by doing those things many times you win the battle, but you lose the war.  A few examples will suffice: You cheat on your wife and she divorces you.  You cheat at work and you get laid off. You cheat on your income tax and you wind up in prison.  Need I say more?

It may sound foolish to you to go to church on Sunday.  After all, you can watch football games, go to the park, jog and exercise, spend time with your friends, go watch a movie or do ten thousand other things.  Not only that but at church you may be asked to donate some money and you may think I can use that money for something else.  All those things have temporary value, but the word of God is eternal.  It will assure that you and your family have eternal life in heaven with God.  That’s right!  You can spend eternity with them.  So what is more foolish – to go to church or to do something else?

It may sound foolish for you to believe in God, but you believe in evolution.  Even if there was a big bang – guess what?  Someone had to cause it, and that one would be God.  Nothing can come from nothing.  Nothing gives life to itself. The universe is well planned and so is this world. It really is foolish to believe it happened by itself or by chance.

If it’s foolish for you to believe in God now, I guarantee that you will feel more foolish when you meet Him face to face and He tells you, “I never knew you.  Your destination is hell.”  Then if it’s foolishness for you to believe that the devil exists when you meet him face to face it will be a lot more than foolish.

I hope this article helps you not just to live for today, or enjoy the sinful pleasures of this world, but to plan for eternity.

thelivinglights.com   rlsalvation@sbcglobal.net  2/2/17

CEASE THE MOMENT

Every single one of us has twenty four hours in a day, seven days in a week,  an average of thirty days in a month and a lifespan of maybe seventy years or more.  What we do with that time is entirely up to us.  We can use it wisely or we can waste it completely.  If we use it unwisely there will be consequences to pay and when they appear we have nobody to blame, but ourselves.

Not necessarily all the time, but some of the time an opportunity presents itself only once. If we are wise we take advantage of it at the proper time.  If we let it go, it may never come back again.  Many people have found this out the hard way.  Some even spend their whole lifetime regretting the missed opportunity or opportunities. Don’t be one of them!

There are many good examples of squandered opportunities, but one of the most important ones is failing to get an education.  With a good education the sky is the limit, while without it

many doors are completely closed.  Yet many students say:  “School is boring.”  They don’t pay attention in class, don’t do their homework and don’t study or if they do they don’t give it enough time.

Another good example would be growing with the job.  In other words, working for a company and working your way up the corporate ladder, as the saying goes.  It could be any type of business where you start at the bottom and work your way up to being the boss or even the owner of the business.  All you have to do is give your best, learn as much as you can about that specific business and be constant.  People who persevere will always succeed because the word quit is not in their repertoire.

Another important area is that of choosing your spouse.  Many people let the opportunity go by for several reasons.  It could be because you are immature, don’t appreciate the qualities the other person has, or you want to play the field.  Later on you realize you should have married that person, but you let the opportunity go by.  I have known several cases where after one or two divorces a person marries the one he should have married in the first place.

So far I have talked about missed opportunities and I could give you many more examples.  The chances are you have squandered some of them, but now I am going to tell you how to cease the moment.  The past is in the past and you cannot change it, but you can avoid making the same mistakes in the future and that’s what it’s all about.

If you are unhappy with your job or you are not earning enough to support yourself or your family, start looking for a better one.  If you need some preparation start doing it because nobody else is going to do it for you.  One way of ceasing the moment is to be ready when it appears.  It does not do you any good if an opportunity presents itself and you are not qualified or ready.  If that happens somebody else will grab it.

If you are single, regardless of your age, and you would love to have a spouse keep your eyes peeled and when the right one comes along, don’t hesitate.  If you do somebody else might beat you to the punch. If you are a Christian pray to God to bring the right one into your life. Guess what?  He will.  A word of caution:  Don’t be too hasty either.

Now let’s talk about being a good consumer.  It does not matter what you are going to buy, there are four factors to keep in mind –  Do you really need it? Is the price right? Is the quality good?  Can you afford it? If the answer is “yes” to those four questions, buy it.

When a good opportunity arises, in season or out of season, jump on it.  Don’t regret it the rest of your life. Speaking of opportunities…if you have never received Jesus Christ in your heart as your Lord and Savior, do it now.  You don’t know when you are going to die and if you die without receiving Him, hell is waiting for you.  However, if you truly receive Him, you will be heaven bound.  If you don’t know how to do it, read the following prayer and when you understand it, pray it to God aloud in all sincerity and humility.  No matter what you may have done, God will forgive you and receive you as his son or daughter.

“Father God, I repent of all my sins.  Please forgive me.  I believe and confess that Jesus Christ is your son, that He died on the cross to pay for my sins, and that He resurrected from the dead on the third day. I ask Him to be my Lord and Savior and for the Holy Spirit to live in me.  I ask all this in the name of Your Son Jesus.  Amen.”

I hope you did not miss the opportunity, but if you did, you can only blame yourself as you suffer eternally in the lake of fire.  On the other hand, if you took advantage of it you will be with God rejoicing throughout eternity.

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A HOUSE DIVIDED CANNOT STAND

Apparently the members of the Democratic Party have not read the Bible or if they have they have not understood it.  In Mark 3:24-26, Jesus said:  “ If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.  And if a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand. And if Satan has risen up against himself, and is divided, he cannot stand, but has an end.”  In other words, in order for any family, business, country or kingdom to succeed it has to be united, not divided.

On June 16, 1858 as a Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate, Abraham Lincoln delivered the speech in which he said:  “A house divided against itself cannot stand.  I believe the government cannot endure, permanently half slave and half free. I do not expect the Union to be dissolved – I do not expect the house to fall – but I do expect it will cease to be divided.” Of course he borrowed that principle from the Bible – from Jesus Himself.

Just as our country could not stand being divided in the 1860s, it cannot stand being divided now.  If the Democrats really love our country, they would accept Donald Trump as our and their President.  After all, we live in a democracy and because of that when a new President is elected some people are very pleased and some are not too happy about it, but even those  accept  the fact and our government keeps on functioning.  That has happened from generation to generation and we have never had any trouble because of it.

For selfish reasons King Barack thought that he or his political party would reign indefinitely.  Maybe they could do that in Africa, Cuba, China, Iran, Venezuela, North Korea or some other country, but in the United States we have a democracy.  It is not a perfect system, but we have learned to follow the rules. Chaos only comes when people refuse to follow the established rules.  Apparently that’s what the Democratic Party, the Hollywood stars, and the other followers want.  There’s a Spanish saying that says: “Divide and you will rule.”

Obama was not the ideal candidate, but when he was elected President the Republicans and some of us independent thinkers did not demonstrate, did not badmouthed the President, nor did we make him out to be demonic.  Even some of the  whites  from the Southern states, who might be racially prejudiced, did not try to attack him in any way, shape or form.  Even though most of his policies actually hurt the country we did not set out to make him a villain in the eyes of the world.

If we do not come together under President Trump as a nation, we are going to spiral downward at supersonic  speed.  When we look in the mirror we will see the enemy and that enemy is going to be us. We won’t have to worry about Russia, China, Iran or North Korea.  They won’t have to fire one missile. We will destroy ourselves.

Let’s hope we come to our senses before it’s too late.  The Republicans and Democrats should learn to work together for the benefit of our country.  It’s not Obama, Hillary, Trump or the party they should be loyal to, but to God and to our country.  Hopefully they’ll get their priorities straight because if they don’t, all of us are going to suffer.

Don’t get mad at me for writing this article.  If you have any doubts read our Constitution.  The Bible will also help you in understanding what’s wrong and what’s right.  Romans, Chapter 1, will help you understand how God feels about gay marriages.  Hopefully you will understand it because Hillary,  Obama, many Democrats and some Republicans do not.

If you believe in God, in His power and in His sovereignty, pray for Him to bring peace and love to this country.  We owe it to ourselves, to our children and to our grandchildren.  God bless you!

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ALWAYS ACT WISELY

When talking to other people, it is always better to think before we talk, to analyze the topic before we give our opinion, to be sensitive to the other person’s feelings and point of view, and to foresee the possible consequences of our words before we act.

We should approach any discussion with an open mind, unprejudiced, unbiased and ready to actually listen to the other person.  We should try to understand where the other person is coming from.  The more we know of his background, the more understanding we will be.  That does not mean we have to agree with him or tolerate something that goes totally against our moral fiber.

We should try to avoid at all costs discussions that are unproductive.  If we know the other person quite well, we know in which subjects we should not participate.  If we allow them to engage us in arguing a specific point in which they have very strong feelings, it will wind up being a lose-lose situation.  We would have nothing to gain and everything to lose.

The fact that we should be understanding does not mean that we should be tolerant of something that goes totally against God’s will and godly values.  Tolerant people are the ones who are politically-correct, but godly-incorrect. They are not part of the solution, but rather part of the problem, and we cannot turn a blind eye to that.

It’s quite okay to be permissive to a certain point, but there has to be a limit. Most parents know that we have to keep our children on a short rope.  If we fail to discipline them when they step out of bounds, the problem will go from bad to worse rather fast.  They need guidelines and the parents (not the schools, the police, the courts, the Welfare Department, the TV shows nor the Internet) are the ones who should set them.

If we see something wrong and we do nothing, we are enablers.  If your son is on drugs and you

give him a hefty allowance every week, you are enabling his habit.  You are part of the problem, and not part of the solution.  You should not be that permissive and should not condone that type of behavior in your home.

Some things are popular because most people always take the path of least resistance.  They follow the herd or the flock as the case may be, and because of the influence of those herds, tolerance, political-correctness and social-correctness are thriving.  Our society is moving away at record speeds from our established moral and social values. As a matter of fact, they are almost non-existent.

If you have been brought up with good moral values, be sensitive and understanding to people, but don’t be tolerant of what should not be tolerated, do not be too permissive when you should not be, and do not condone what should not be condoned.

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SIEMPRE ACTÚA SABIAMENTE

Cuando uno habla con otra persona, siempre es mejor pensar antes de hablar, analizar el tema antes de opinar, ser sensible a los sentimientos de la otra persona y a su punto de vista, y anticipar las consecuencias de lo que se dirá antes de actuar.

Se debe entrar a cada discusión con la mente abierta, sin prejuicio previo, con imparcialidad, y dispuesto a escuchar atentamente a la otra persona.  Se debe tratar de entender el punto de vista de la otra persona.  Entre más se sepa de la otra persona, se le puede entender mejor.  Eso no significa que uno tiene que estar completamente de acuerdo ni tolerar algo que va totalmente contra la moralidad de uno.

Se debe tratar a todo costo no entrar en discusiones que no sean productivas.  Si conocemos a la otra persona bastante bien sabemos en cuales temas no debemos participar.  Si uno permite ser entablado en una conversación en la cual la otra persona tiene sentimientos muy arraigados

el resultado será negativo.  Uno no tendría nada que ganar y todo que perder.  Es mejor evadir o esquivar esa clase de conversación.

El hecho que uno debe ser comprensivo no significa que debe tolerar lo que va contra la voluntad de Dios o contra los valores de uno.  Las personas tolerantes son las que están social y políticamente correctas, pero divinamente incorrectas.  No son parte de la solución, sino parte del problema, y eso no se puede ignorar.

Es bueno ser permisivo hasta cierto punto, pero tiene que haber límites.  La mayoría de los padres saben eso, y por eso les dan rienda corta a sus hijos.  Si uno no disciplina a sus hijos las primeras veces que desobedecen después es mucho más difícil.  Los hijos necesitan perímetros, y los padres (no las escuelas, el gobierno, la policía, los programa de televisión, ni el internet) son los que deben establecer esas reglas.

Si uno ve que algo no marcha bien y no hace nada, uno es parte del problema.  Si tu hijo anda en las drogas, y tú le proporcionas dinero semanalmente, tú eres el facilitador.  Eso te convierte en parte del problema y no de la solución.  No seas permisivo, tolerante ni condones esa clase de comportamiento en tu hogar.

Muchas actividades son populares, porque la mayoría de la gente toma el sendero de menos resistencia.  Sigue la manada, porque es lo más fácil y es muy aceptable.  Por la influencia de esas manadas, las personas tolerantes están social y políticamente correctas, pero totalmente incorrectas según la voluntad de nuestro Dios.  La sociedad va a velocidad rayo alejándose de Dios y de los valores morales y sociales del pasado.  De hecho, esos valores ya casi no existen.  Ya son dinosaurios para la juventud.

Si tus padres te han enseñado buenos modales, buenos valores morales, y buenas costumbres, es bueno que seas sensible y comprensivo con la gente, pero no seas tolerante de lo que no debes ser tolerado, no seas permisivo de lo que no se debe permitir, y no condones lo que no debes condonar.

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Scriptures 2

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ROMANS 3:23

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”  That includes you.  Romans 6:23 – “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” This also includes you.  But you know what?  If you repent, ask God to forgive you, and receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, you will happily spend eternity with Him.  

ROMANOS 3:23

 Por cuanto todos pecaron, y están destituidos de la gloria de Dios.”  Tú estás incluido en ese grupo. Romanos 6:23 – “Porque la paga del pecado es muerte, mas la dádiva de Dios es vida eterna en Cristo Jesús Señor nuestro.” También estás en este grupo.  ¿Pero sabes qué?  Si te arrepientes, le pides perdón a Dios, y recibes a Jesucristo en tu corazón como tu Señor y Salvador, pasarás la eternidad felizmente con Dios.

ECCLESIASTES 3:1 (May 10, 2018)

“To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven.”

King Solomon who had extraordinary wisdom is the one who made that statement. There is a season for everything and a purpose for it.  We have to know in what season we are in, and what is our purpose during that season.  If we figure that out, we will be successful and happy at the same time.  Many people confuse the seasons and the purpose for each one, and that is why they fail.

ECLESIASTÉS 3:1 (10 de Mayo 2018)

“Todo tiene su tiempo, y todo lo que se quiere debajo del cielo tiene su hora.”

Según el rey Salomón, hombre de mucha sabiduría, todo tiene su tiempo y su propósito. Lo que nosotros debemos saber es cuándo es el debido tiempo y cuál es su propósito. Si actuamos con sabiduría vamos a tener éxito. Desgraciadamente muchos de nosotros no sabemos en qué tiempo estamos viviendo ni cuál es su propósito.  Por eso mismo cometemos errores que no deberíamos cometer.

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PROVERBS 13:20

 He who walks with wise men will be wise, but the companion of fools will be destroyed.”

Many cultures have a proverb that more or less says:  “You are judged by the company you keep.” The Bible tells us not to be unequally joked (2 Corinthians 6:14).  The Bible is referring to believers and unbelievers, but it holds true in other areas.  Another saying says:  “You cannot fly with the eagles if you hang around with turkeys.”

If you hang around with fools they will bring you down to their level.  If you hang around with people wiser and brighter than you, they will bring out the potential in you.  It is your choice.

PROVERBIO 13:20

“El que anda con sabios, sabio será; Mas el que se junta con necios será quebrantado.”

Hay un proverbio hispano que dice:  “Dime con quién andas, y te diré quién eres.”  Otras culturas tienen, más o menos, el mismo dicho.  La biblia nos dice que no estemos en yugo desigual (2 Corintios 6:14).  La biblia se refiere a creyentes e incrédulos, pero se puede aplicar en otras áreas de nuestras vidas.  Otro dicho inglés dice que no puedes volar con las águilas si siempre andas con los pavos.

Si te juntas con los necios te bajan a su nivel, pero si te asocias con los sabios te ayudan a cumplir con tu potencial.  La decisión es tuya.

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JOHN 1:1-5 (April 26, 2018)

 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.  And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.”

A few points here:  1. Jesus is the Word and He is God.  2. Jesus had no beginning and He will have no end.  3. All things were made by Jesus.  4. Jesus created life as we know it.  5. Eternal life can only be attained by receiving Jesus as Lord and Savior.  6. Jesus is the light that dispels the darkness of sin.  7. People who want to sin blatantly do not accept Jesus as Lord.  They want to stay in the darkness of sin.

JUAN 1:1-5 (26 de Abril 2018)

“En el principio era el Verbo, y el Verbo era con Dios, y el Verbo era Dios.  Este era en el principio con Dios.  Todas las cosas por él fueron hechas, y sin él nada de lo que ha sido hecho, fue hecho.  En él estaba la vida, y la vida era la luz de los hombres.  La luz en las tinieblas resplandece, y las tinieblas no prevalecieron contra ella.”

Algunos puntos:  1. Jesucristo es el verbo de Dios.  2. Jesucristo es Dios.  3. Jesucristo no tuvo comienzo y no tendrá fin.  4.  Todo fue hecho por él.  5.  Él creó toda forma de vida.  6. Sólo se puede obtener vida eterna si uno recibe a Jesucristo como su Señor y Salvador.  7. Él es la luz del mundo la que lucha contra el pecado.  8.  La gente que quiere vivir en el pecado no acepta a Jesucristo en sus vidas.  Quieren quedarse en la oscuridad del pecado.

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PSALM 103:11-14 (April 19, 2018)

“For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is His mercy toward those who fear Him;  As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.  As a father pities his children, so the Lord pities those who fear Him. For He knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust.”

It does not matter what you may have done, God will forgive you if you repent and ask Him to forgive you.  He is a loving God, and He is not waiting to punish you, but rather to bless you.

Receive His love and His forgiveness.

SALMO 103:11-14 (19 de Abril 2018)

“Dios no ha hecho con nosotros conforme a nuestras iniquidades, ni nos ha pagado conforme a nuestros pecados.  Porque como la altura de los cielos sobre la tierra, engrandeció su misericordia sobre los que le temen.  Cuanto está lejos el oriente del occidente, hizo alejar de nosotros nuestras rebeliones.  Como el padre compadece de los hijos, se compadece Jehová de los que le temen.  Porque él conoce nuestra condición; se acuerda de que somos polvo.”

No importa lo que hayas hecho, Dios te perdona si te arrepientes y le pides perdón.  Él es un Dios de amor, y no quiere castigarte sino bendecirte.  Recibe su perdón y sus bendiciones.

PSALM 96:4-5

“For the Lord is great and greatly to be praised; He is to be feared above all gods. For all the gods of the peoples are idols, but the Lord made the heavens.” Psalm 97:7-9  -  “Let all be put to shame who serve carved images, who boast of idols.  Worship Him, all you gods. Zion hears and is glad, and the daughters of Judah rejoice because of Your judgments, O Lord.  For You, Lord, are most high above all the earth; You are exalted far above all gods.”

What is the main message?  Only worship God.  Do not worship worthless idols, so-called saints or virgins.  There is only one God and one God only.  He is the only one who should be praised.

 

SALMO 96:4-5  “Porque grande es Jehová, y digno de suprema alabanza; temible sobre todos los dioses. Porque todos los dioses de los pueblos son ídolos; pero Jehová hizo los cielos.”  Salmo 97:7-9  -  “Avergüéncense todos los que sirven a las imágenes de talla, los que se glorían en los ídolos. Póstrense a él todos los dioses. Oyó Sion, y se alegró; y las hijas de Judá, oh Jehová, se gozaron por tus juicios.  Porque tú, Jehová, eres excelso sobre toda la tierra; eres muy exaltado sobre todos los dioses.”

¿De qué hablan estas escrituras?  Que solamente adoremos a Dios.  No adoren ídolos inservibles, a unos llamados santos o a otras llamadas vírgenes.  Solamente hay un Dios y la gloria le pertenece a él.

PSALM 37:16-20

“A little that a righteous man has is better than the riches of many wicked.  For the arms of the wicked shall be broken, but the Lord upholds the righteous. The Lord knows the days of the upright, and their inheritance shall be forever.  They shall not be ashamed in the evil time, and in the days of famine they shall be satisfied. But the wicked shall perish; and the enemies of the Lord, like the splendor of the meadows, shall vanish.  Into smoke they shall vanish away.”

SALMO 37:16-20

“Mejor es lo poco del justo, que las riquezas de muchos pecadores.   Porque los brazos de los impíos serán quebrados; Mas el que sostiene a los justos es Jehová.  Conoce Jehová los días de los perfectos,
Y la heredad de ellos será para siempre.  No serán avergonzados en el mal tiempo, y en los días de hambre serán saciados.  Mas los impíos perecerán, y los enemigos de Jehová como la grasa de los carneros serán consumidos; se disiparán como el humo. “

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JOB 28:28 (March 29, 2018)

“Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom, and to depart from evil is understanding.”

We ought to fear the Lord out of respect and admiration for He is the one who decides if we will spend eternity in the lake of fire or with Him.  We can spend it with Him if we receive Him as our Lord and Savior.  Have you done that yet?

JOB 28:28 (29 de Marzo 2018)

“He aquí que el temor del Señor es la sabiduría, Y el apartarse del mal, la inteligencia.”

Debemos de temer a Dios por respeto y admiración, porque él es el que decide si vamos a pasar la eternidad en el lago de fuego o en el cielo con él.  La podemos pasar con él si aceptamos a Jesucristo como nuestro Señor y Salvador.  ¿Ya lo has hecho?

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ISAIAH 41:10 (March 22, 2018)

“Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’”

That is a promise from God to His children. If you are not a Christian that promise does not apply to you.  You can fix that by receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.

ISAÍAS 41:10 (22 de Marzo 2018)

 No temas, porque yo estoy contigo; no desmayes, porque yo soy tu Dios que te esfuerzo; siempre te ayudaré, siempre te sustentaré con la diestra de mi justicia.”

Esa es una promesa de Dios para sus hijos.  Si no eres cristiano todavía esa promesa no es para ti.  Pero sí puede ser para ti si recibes a Jesucristo como tu Señor y SalvadorConstruction-Workers-Original-permit

EPHESIANS 2:8-10 (March 15, 2018)

“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,  not of works, lest anyone should boast.  For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”

No matter how good you may think you have been,  how many good deeds you may have done, to what religion you may belong, how financially successful you may be, or what your educational level may be, you may be headed straight for hell.  That is because you may only receive salvation by putting your faith in Jesus Christ.  You do not deserve it, but God by His grace (unmerited favor) will forgive your sins if you repent, ask God to forgive you, and receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.

EFESIOS 2:8-10 (15 de Marzo 2018)

“Porque por gracia son salvos por medio de la fe; y esto no de ustedes, pues es don de Dios;  no por obras, para que nadie se gloríe.  Porque somos hechura suya, creados en Cristo Jesús para buenas obras, las cuales Dios preparó de antemano para que anduviésemos en ellas.”

No importa que tan buena persona pienses que seas, cuantas buenas obras hayas hecho, a que religión pertenezcas, cuanto éxito hayas tenido financieramente, o que nivel educativo tengas, es probable que vayas directamente al infierno.  La razón es que solamente se obtiene la salvación por medio de la fe que tengas en Jesucristo.  No la mereces, pero Dios en su infinita gracia (favor no merecido) perdonará tus pecados si te arrepientes, le pides perdón, y recibes a Jesucristo como tu Señor y Salvador. 

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REVELATION 22:12-13 (March 8, 2018)

“And behold, I (Jesus Christ) am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work.  I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.”

All the signs are here that Jesus is coming back very, very soon to take His children to heaven.  Who are His children?  That is anybody who has repented, has asked God to forgive him, and has received Jesus Christ in his life as his Lord and Savior.  If you are not in that group, you will be headed in the wrong direction – down instead of up.  If that is your situation, you can change it.

If you want to go to heaven and want to make sure of it, find somewhere on this webpage where I explain what you have to do.  It’s not a guessing game.  You can know that you know that you will be going to heaven and not to hell.  Good luck and may our Lord bless you!

APOCALIPSIS 22:12-13 (8 de Marzo 2018)

“He aquí yo (Jesucristo) vengo pronto, y mi galardón conmigo, para recompensar a cada uno según sea su obra. Yo soy el Alfa y la Omega, el principio y el fin, el primero y el último.”

Todas las señales están aquí que Jesucristo volverá muy pronto para llevarse a todos sus escogidos al cielo.  ¿Quiénes son sus escogidos?  Un escogido es cualquier persona que se haya arrepentido, le haya pedido perdón a Dios, y haya recibido a Jesucristo en su vida como su Señor y Salvador.  Si no estás en ese grupo, vas en la dirección equivocada – hacia abajo y no hacia arriba. Si esa es tu situación, la puedes cambiar.

Si deseas ir al cielo y quieres estar seguro, busca el sitio en esta página donde explico que es lo que tienes que hacer.  No se trata de adivinar o de tener dudas.  Puedes saber sin ninguna reservación que irás al cielo y no al infierno.  Buena suerte y que nuestro Señor Jesucristo te bendiga.

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2 CHRONICLES 15:2 (March 1, 2018)

“And (Azariah the prophet) went out to meet Asa (the king), and said to him: “Hear me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin. The Lord is with you while you are with Him. If you seek Him, He will be found by you; but if you forsake Him, He will forsake you.”

God was speaking to the king through the prophet.  Guess what?  He is telling you the same thing.  God is with you while you are with Him. If you seek Him, He will be found by you; but if you forsake Him, He will forsake you.  If you pray and ask God to make Himself available to you, He will, but if you totally disregard Him, He will disregard you.  The ball is on your side of the court.

2 CRÓNICAS 15:2 (Primero de Marzo 2018)

 y salió  (Azarías el profeta) al encuentro de Asa (el rey), y le dijo: Oígame, Asa y todo Judá y Benjamín: Jehová estará con ustedes, si ustedes están con él; y si le buscan, será hallado de ustedes; mas si le dejan, él también los dejará.”

Dios le estaba hablando al rey Asa por medio del profeta Azarías.  ¿Pero sabes qué?  Te dice a ti lo mismo. Dios estará contigo mientras tú estés con él.  Si lo buscas, él te permitirá encontrarlo, pero si lo abandonas, él te abandonará a ti.  Si oras y le pides que se haga verdadero para ti, él lo hará, pero si no le das importancia, tú tampoco serás importante para él.  Es decir, es como si no existieras.

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JOHN 8:36 (February 22, 2018)

“Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.”

What Jesus was telling the people is simply this:  When we receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, He forgives all our sins.  That means we are free from sin and condemnation. If we remain in Him when we die we go to straight to heaven.  Not only does Jesus sets us free from sin, but also from doubt, lack of confidence, fear of dying, anxiety, frustrations, nervousness, anger, hatred, greed, envy, jealousy, low self-esteem and many other negative things that may be affecting us. What are you fearing? No matter what it may be, release it to God.  He can handle it, you can’t. 

JUAN 8:36 (22 de Febrero 2018)

“Así que, si el Hijo los libera, serán verdaderamente libres.”

Lo que Jesucristo le decía a la gente y nos dice a nosotros es:  Cuando recibimos a Jesucristo como nuestro Señor y Salvador, él perdona todos nuestros pecados.  Eso significa que estamos libres del pecado y de la condenación. Si permanecemos en él, al morir vamos directamente al cielo.  No solamente nos libera del pecado, sino también de la duda, falta de confianza, temor de morir, ansiedad, frustraciones, nerviosidad, ira, rabia, odio, envidia, avaricia, celos, bajo autoestima, y muchas otras cosas negativas que nos estén afectando.  ¿A qué le temes? No importa lo que sea, entrégaselo a Dios.  Él puede solucionarlo, tú no.

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JAMES 4:13-14 (February 15, 2018)

 Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit”; whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.”

Our lifetime compared to eternity is nothing but a vapor that the wind blows away.  Knowing that it is so short, we should make it count.  We should seize every opportunity and make the most of it.  If we do that, we can leave a good legacy of which our descendants will be proud.

SANTIAGO 4:13-14 (15 de Febrero 2018)

 !!Vamos ahora! los que dicen: Hoy y mañana iremos a tal ciudad, y estaremos allá un año, y traficaremos, y ganaremos;  cuando no saben lo que será mañana. Porque ¿qué es su vida? Ciertamente es neblina que se aparece por un poco de tiempo, y luego se desvanece.”

Nuestra vida si se compara con la eternidad no es ni siquiera un vapor que se lo lleva el viento. Sabiendo que la vida es muy corta, debemos aprovechar todo momento y oportunidad para que nuestras vidas hagan la diferencia. Si hacemos eso, podemos dejar un buen legado para nuestra descendencia.

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ROMANS 8:28 (February  8, 2018)

“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”

No matter what you are going through right now, trust God, believe in Jesus Christ, and claim this scripture.  For God nothing is impossible (Mark 10:27).  He can make something good come out of something bad. Pray to Him in faith and wait for your miracle.

ROMANOS 8:28 (8 de Febrero 2018)

“Y sabemos que a los que aman a Dios, todas las cosas les ayudan a bien, esto es, a los que conforme a su propósito son llamados.”

No importa por lo que estés pasando ahorita, confía en Dios, cree en Jesucristo, y clama esta escritura.  Para Dios nada es imposible (Marcos 10:27).  Él puede hacer que algo positivo salga de algo negativo.  Órale a Dios en fe, y espera tu milagro

ISAIAH 40:28-31 (2/1/2018)

“Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, neither faints nor is weary.  His understanding is unsearchable.  He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength.  Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall, but those who wait on the Lord
shall renew their strength;  They shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary.”

Wait on the Lord, put your faith and trust in Him,  and He will renew your strength, bless you, and be with you through thick and thin.

ISAÍAS 40:28-31 (Primero de Febrero 2018)

“¿No has sabido, no has oído que el Dios eterno es Jehová, el cual creó los confines de la tierra? No desfallece, ni se fatiga con cansancio, y su entendimiento no hay quien lo alcance.  El da esfuerzo al cansado, y multiplica las fuerzas al que no tiene ningunas.  Los muchachos se fatigan y se cansan, los jóvenes flaquean y caen; pero los que esperan a Jehová tendrán nuevas fuerzas; levantarán alas como las águilas; correrán, y no se cansarán; caminarán, y no se fatigarán.”

Espera a nuestro Señor Jesucristo, pon tu fe y tu confianza en él, y él te dará fuerzas nuevas, nuevo ánimo, bendiciones, y estará contigo en las buenas y en las malas.

EXODUS 20:4-6 (January 25, 2018)

“You shall not make for yourself a carved image—any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me,  but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.”

What can those carved images be? A statue, a picture of a so-called god, such as Buddha, Krishna, Zeus, Mohammed, or a so-called saint or virgin.  Anything other than the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is an idol. Do not worship anything or anybody other than God the Creator of heavens and earth.

If you need convincing, read the following scriptures in the Bible in the Book of Isaiah:  43:11, 43:13, 43:14, 44:6, 44:8, 45:5, 45:6, 45:14, 45:18, 45:21, 45:22, and 46:9.

If you keep on worshiping and bowing down to your worthless idols, you will wind up burning and suffering in the lake of fire throughout eternity.  It’s your choice!

 

ÉXODO 20:4-6  (25 de Enero 2018)

 No te harás imagen, ni ninguna semejanza de lo que esté arriba en el cielo, ni abajo en la tierra, ni en las aguas debajo de la tierra.  No te inclinarás a ellas, ni las honrarás; porque yo soy Jehová tu Dios, fuerte, celoso, que visito la maldad de los padres sobre los hijos hasta la tercera y cuarta generación de los que me aborrecen, y hago misericordia a millares, a los que me aman y guardan mis mandamientos.”

¿Cuáles son esas imágenes? Una estatua o dibujo de los llamados dioses, tales como:  Buda, Krishna,  Mahoma,  y de los llamados santos o vírgenes.  Cualquier cosa o persona que no sea el Dios de la creación es un ídolo.  Aparte de Dios, nada ni nadie debe ser adorado.

Si necesitas convencerte, lee las siguientes escrituras en la biblia en el libro del profeta Isaías: 43:11, 43:13, 43:14, 44:6, 44:8, 45:5, 45:6, 45:14, 45:18, 45:21, 45:22, y 46:9.

Si continúas adorando estatuas  y dibujos de ídolos inservibles, terminarás sufriendo quemándote eternamente en el lago de fuego.  ¡Es tu decision!

Deuteronomy 11:16-17

“Take heed to yourselves, lest your heart be deceived, and you turn aside and serve other gods and worship them, lest the Lord’s anger be aroused against you, and He shut up the heavens so that there be no rain, and the land yield no produce, and you perish quickly from the good land which the Lord is giving you.”

If we do not believe in God at all, if we have no relationship with Him, or if we are worshiping other gods other than the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, we will, sooner or later, experience His wrath.  If we do not see that wrath here on earth we will encounter it throughout eternity suffering the heat in the lake of fire.  But you know what?  If you repent, ask God to forgive you and receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, you can spend eternity with Him enjoying every single day.

Deuteronomio 11:16-17

“Guárdense, pues, que su corazón no se infatúe, y se aparten y sirvan a dioses ajenos, y se inclinen a ellos; y se encienda el furor de Jehová sobre ustedes, y cierre los cielos, y no haya lluvia, ni la tierra dé su fruto, y perezcan pronto de la buena tierra que les da Jehová.”

Si no creemos en Dios para nada, si no tenemos relación con él, o si estamos adorando a otros dioses que no sean el Dios de Abraham, Isaac  e Israel, tarde o temprano, pasaremos por la maldición de Dios.  Si no nos llega esa maldición en esta vida nos llegará en la eternidad cuando la pasemos sufriendo quemándonos en el lago de fuego.  ¿Pero sabes qué? Si te arrepientes, le pides perdón a Dios y recibes a Jesucristo en tu corazón como tu Señor y Salvador, puedes pasar la eternidad con él disfrutándola día tras día. 

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1 TIMOTHY 2:5 (January 11, 2018)

“For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus.”

There is only one mediator between us and God our Father.  The mediator is Jesus Christ, the Son of God, God incarnate.  Now that we know who the mediator is, let’s find out who are not; the Virgin Mary, St. John, or any other Bible person, Buddha, Krishna, Muhammad, Allah, the Great Spirit in the sky, the Dali Lama, the Pope or any Catholic priest or your mother, grandmother or any other loved one who has died and is either in heaven or in hell.  The only way that soul can be in heaven is if that person received Jesus Christ as his or her Lord and Savior while he or she was still alive.  Sorry, there is no purgatory.  Other than the living God, which is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob no one can forgive your sins.

1 TIMOTEO 2:5 (11 de Enero 2018)

“Porque hay un solo Dios, y un solo mediador entre Dios y los hombres, Jesucristo hombre.”

Solamente hay un mediador entre nosotros y Dios Padre.  Ese mediador escogido por Dios mismo es Jesucristo, su Hijo, Dios encarnado. Ahora que ya sabemos quién es el mediador, discutamos quienes no lo son; la virgen María, San Juan o cualquier otro personaje bíblico, el Papa de Roma, cualquier cura católico, alguno de tus parientes que haya muerto, el gran espíritu en el cielo, el Dali Lama, Buda, Krishna, Alá, Mahoma o cualquier otra persona o cosa que no sea Jesucristo.  La única manera de llegar al cielo es por medio de Jesucristo (San Juan 14:6).  El purgatorio no existe y nadie, pero nadie les puede perdonar sus pecados aparte del

Dios viviente quien es el Dios de Abraham, Isaac y Jacobo.

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MARK 10:27 and 9:23 (January 4, 2018)

 But Jesus looked at them and said, “With men it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible.” Mark 9:23 – “Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.”

If you have received Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, you can claim those two scriptures.  In other words, you can pray to God and claim those two scriptures for whatever need you may have.  I did not say want, I said need.  There’s a big difference between those two.  Dare to believe!  If you do, things will change for you.  Good luck!

MARCOS 10:27 y 9:23 (4 de Enero 2018)

Entonces Jesús, mirándolos, dijo: Para los hombres es imposible, mas para Dios, no; porque todas las cosas son posibles para Dios.” Marcos 9:23 – “Jesús le dijo: Si puedes creer, al que cree todo le es posible.”

Si has recibido a Jesucristo como tu Señor y Salvador, puedes clamar estas escrituras. En otras palabras, Le puedes orar a Dios y clamarlas por la necesidad que tengas.  No dije deseo, dije necesidad.  Hay mucha diferencia entre esos dos.  ¡Atrévete a creer! Si lo haces, las cosas te cambiarán.  ¡Buena suerte!

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DEUTERONOMY 11:26-28 (December 28, 2917)

“Behold, I set before you today a blessing and a curse:  the blessing, if you obey the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you today; and the curse, if you do not obey the commandments of the Lord your God, but turn aside from the way which I command you today, to go after other gods which you have not known.”

Do you choose the blessing or do you choose the curse?  You can choose the blessing by receiving Jesus Christ in your heart as your Lord and Savior. If you do not know how to go about it, look under the category “Messages” in my blog.

DEUTERONOMIO 11:26-28 (11 de Diciembre 2017)

 He aquí yo pongo hoy delante de ustedes la bendición y la maldición:  la bendición, si oyen los mandamientos de Jehová su Dios, que yo les prescribo hoy, y la maldición, si no oyen los mandamientos de Jehová su Dios, y se apartan del camino que yo les ordeno hoy, para ir en pos de dioses ajenos que no han conocido.”

¿Escoges la bendición o la maldición?  Puedes escoger la bendición si recibes a Jesucristo en tu corazón como tu Señor y Salvador.  Si no sabes cómo hacerlo, en toda humildad y sinceridad órale la siguiente oración a Dios: “Dios Padre, me arrepiento de todos mis pecados.  Por favor, ¡perdóname! Creo y confieso que Jesucristo es tu hijo, que murió en la cruz y resucitó al tercer día para pagar por mis pecados.  Lo acepto como mi Señor y Salvador y también le pido al Espíritu Santo que viva en mí. Gracias, Padre Dios.  Amén.”

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NUMBERS 30:1-2 (December 21, 2017)

“Then Moses spoke to the heads of the tribes concerning the children of Israel, saying, “This is the thing which the Lord has commanded: If a man makes a vow to the Lord, or swears an oath to bind himself by some agreement, he shall not break his word; he shall do according to all that proceeds out of his mouth.”

Leviticus 19:12 – “And you shall not swear by My name falsely, nor shall you profane the name of your God: I am the Lord.”

Matthew 5:33-37 – “Again you have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not swear falsely, but shall perform your oaths to the Lord’ – Leviticus 19:12,  but I say to you, do not swear at all: neither by heaven, for it is God’s throne; nor by the earth, for it is His footstool; nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King.  Nor shall you swear by your head, because you cannot make one hair white or black.  But let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.’ For whatever is more than these is from the evil one.”

Many people swear by God’s name, but He makes it extremely clear that we are not to do that. If you or anyone you know is doing that refrain from doing it.

NÚMEROS 30:1-2 (21 de Diciembre 2017)

“Habló Moisés a los príncipes de las tribus de los hijos de Israel, diciendo: Esto es lo que Jehová ha mandado. Cuando alguno hiciere voto a Jehová, o hiciere juramento ligando su alma con obligación, no quebrantará su palabra; hará conforme a todo lo que salió de su boca.”

Levítico 19:12 – “ Y no jurarás falsamente por mi nombre, profanando así el nombre de tu Dios. Yo Jehová.”

Mateo 5:33-37 – “Además has oído que fue dicho a los antiguos: No perjurarás, sino cumplirás al Señor tus juramentos, pero Yo te digo: No jures en ninguna manera; ni por el cielo, porque es el trono de Dios;  ni por la tierra, porque es el estrado de sus pies; ni por Jerusalén, porque es la ciudad del gran Rey.  Ni por tu cabeza jurarás, porque no puedes hacer blanco o negro un solo cabello.  Pero sea tu hablar: Sí, sí; no, no; porque lo que es más de esto, de mal procede.”

Mucha gente jura en el nombre de Dios, pero él lo hace extremadamente claro que no debemos hacer eso.  Si tú o alguno de tus conocidos hacen eso, eviten de hacerlo.

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ISAIAH 43:2 (December 14, 2017)

“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you.”

Basically what God is saying is that He will protect you, regardless of the dangers you may face.  In order for that to happen, you have to put your trust in Him.  If you put your trust on anything or anyone other than God, you are missing the boat.

ISAÍAS 43:2 (14 de Diciembre 2017)

“Cuando pases por las aguas, yo (tu Dios) estaré contigo; y si por los ríos, no te anegarán. Cuando pases por el fuego, no te quemarás, ni la llama arderá en ti.”

Básicamente lo que te dice Dios es que él te protegerá en cualquier peligro que enfrentes.  Pero para que eso suceda tienes que confiar en él.  Si confías en cualquier otra cosa o persona, Dios no te ayudará.

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moses_picJEREMIAH 29:11 (December 7, 2017)

 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

God definitely wants to bless you.  There is one catch.  Are you His child?  Have you received Jesus Christ in your heart as your Lord and Savior?  Are you a born-again Christian?  Are you a Christ follower?  If you answered  “YES”  to those questions, you are in good company with the angels, the souls who are already in heaven and with the ones who will be there after they leave this life.  If you answered “NO,”  you will be hurtin’ for certain suffering in the lake of fire.

JEREMÍAS 29:11 (7 de Diciembre 2017)

“Porque yo sé los pensamientos que tengo acerca de ti, dice Jehová, pensamientos de paz, y no de mal, para darte el fin que esperas.”

Dios desea bendecirte.  Pero hay un pequeño detalle;  ¿Eres su hijo? ¿Has recibido a Jesucristo en tu corazón como tu Señor y Salvador? ¿Has nacido de nuevo como dice la biblia?  ¿Eres seguidor de Jesucristo?  Si pudiste contestarles “SÍa esas preguntas, estás en buena compañía con los ángeles, las almas que ya están en el cielo, y con las almas que lleguen allí después que se les termine esta vida.  Si contestaste “NO,”  pasarás la eternidad sufriendo en el lago de fuego.

ROMANS 12:9-19 (November 30, 2017)

Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good.  Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another;   not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord;  rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer;  distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.  Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.  Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion. Repay no one evil for evil.  Have regard for good things in the sight of all men.   If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.   Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord.”

These scriptures need no explanation. They speak for themselves. The apostle Paul explains it exceedingly well.  

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ROMANOS 12:9-19 (30 de Noviembre 2017)

 “El amor sea sin fingimiento. Aborreced lo malo, sigan lo bueno.  Ámense los unos a los otros con amor fraternal; en cuanto a honra, prefiriéndose los unos a los otros.  En lo que requiere diligencia, no perezosos; fervientes en espíritu, sirviendo al Señor;  gozosos en la esperanza; sufridos en la tribulación; constantes en la oración;  compartiendo para las necesidades de los santos; practicando la hospitalidad. Bendigan a los que los persiguen; bendigan, y no maldigan.   Gócense con los que se gozan; lloren con los que lloran.  Estén de acuerdo entre ustedes; no altivos, sino asociándose con los humildes. No sean sabios en su propia opinión.   No paguen a nadie mal por mal; procuren lo bueno delante de todos los hombres.  Si es posible, en cuanto dependa de ustedes, estén en paz con todos los hombres.  No se venguen ustedes mismos, amados míos, sino dejen lugar a la ira de Dios; porque escrito está: Mía es la venganza, yo pagaré, dice el Señor. “

Estas escrituras se explican por sí mismas.  El apóstol Pablo las explica excelentemente. 

1 CORINTHIANS 15:3-4 (November 23, 2017)

“For I (The apostle Paul) delivered to you first of all that which I also received; that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures.”

This really needs no explanation.  It is clear that Jesus suffered, died and resurrected for us, so that we might have salvation. All we have to do is repent, ask God to forgive us and ask Jesus to be our Lord and Savior.

1 CORINTIOS 15:3-4 (23 de Noviembre 2017)

“Porque primeramente (yo el apóstol Pablo) les he enseñado lo que asimismo recibí: Que Cristo murió por nuestros pecados, conforme a las Escrituras;  y que fue sepultado, y que resucitó al tercer día, conforme a las Escrituras.”

Esta escritura no necesita explicación.  Está bien claro que Jesucristo sufrió, murió y resucitó por nosotros, para que pudiéramos ser salvos.  Todo lo que tenemos que hacer es arrepentirnos, pedirle perdón a Dios, y recibir a Jesucristo como nuestro Señor y Salvador.

DEUTERONOMY 6:13 (November 16, 2017)

 You shall fear the Lord your God and serve Him, and shall take oaths in His name.” Then in Exodus 20:3, God tells us:  “You shall have no other gods before Me.” Proverb 9:10 tells us: “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.”

For you atheists:  God does exist, regardless of your lack of understanding and denials.  For you who believe there are many paths to heaven:  Jesus is the only way, the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father, except through Him (John 14:6).  For those who do not believe in the Holy Trinity:  God manifests Himself in three different forms – Father God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit.  For those who believe their good works will get them to heaven:  Salvation is by God’s grace, not by works.  Grace is unmerited favor.  

DEUTERONOMIO 6:13 (16 de Noviembre 2017)

 A Jehová tu Dios temerás, y a él solo servirás, y por su nombre jurarás.” Y en Éxodo 20:3 Dios nos dice:  “No tendrás dioses ajenos delante de mí.”  El proverbio 9:10 nos dice: “El temor de Jehová es el principio de la sabiduría, y el conocimiento del Santísimo es la inteligencia.”

Para los ateos:  Dios sí existe, a pesar de su ignorancia y negación.  Para los que creen que hay muchas maneras de llegar al cielo:  Jesucristo es el único camino, la verdad y la vida.  Nadie llega al Padre, sino por él (Juan 14:6).  Para los que no creen en la Divina Trinidad:  Dios se manifiesta en tres diferentes formas – Dios Padre, Dios Hijo (Jesucristo), y Dios Espíritu Santo. Para los que creen que sus buenas obras los llevarán al cielo:  La salvación es por la gracia (favor inmerecido) de Dios y no por obras. 

1 CORINTHIANS 10:31 (November 9, 2017)

“Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”  That makes the whole difference in the world.

1 CORINTIOS 10:31 (9 de Noviembre 2017)

Esta escritura dice que lo que hagas, lo hagas para DIos.  Eso hace la diferencia.

ROMANS 3:23 AND 6:23 (November 2, 2017)

 For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” You know what?  All have sinned means exactly that.  That means you have sinned, and if you do not accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, hell first and then the lake of fire are waiting for you.  Romans 6:23 – “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” The wages of your sin will send you to hell and the lake of fire, but if you repent, ask God to forgive you and ask Jesus to be your Lord and Savior, you will spend eternity with Him.  The choice is yours…heaven or hell.  Which one do you choose?

ROMANOS 3:23 Y 6:23 (2 de Noviembre 2017)

“Por cuanto todos pecaron, y están destituidos de la gloria de Dios.” ¿Sabes qué?  Que todos pecaron significa exactamente eso.  Eso te incluye a ti, y si no has aceptado a Jesucristo como tu Señor y Salvador, te esperan el infierno y el lago de fuego.  Romanos 6:23 – “Porque la paga del pecado es muerte, mas la dádiva de Dios es vida eterna en Cristo Jesús Señor nuestro.” La paga de tu pecado te llevará al infierno y al lago de fuego, pero si te arrepientes, le pides perdón a Dios y recibes a Jesucristo como tu Señor y Salvador, pasarás la eternidad con Dios.  La decisión es tuya…el infierno o el cielo.  ¿Cuál escoges

AMOS 3:7 (October 26, 2017)

“Surely the Lord God does nothing, unless He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets.”

If you read the Bible correctly before God did anything major He would let His prophets know.  Since God is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8), He still notifies His people before He does anything major on this earth.  He has been telling many people, including me, that Jesus is coming very soon to take His children – the Christians/the people who have placed their faith on Jesus Christ – to heaven. That event is known as the rapture.  Draw close to God and He will draw close to you.  If you get left behind, you will suffer tremendously during the seven-year period known as the tribulation. Have you placed your faith on Jesus Christ? If you have placed your faith on a virgin, a so-called saint, or on anybody or anything other than Jesus Christ, you will spend eternity suffering in the lake of fire.

AMÓS 3:7 (26 de Octubre 2017)

 Porque no hará nada Jehová el Señor, sin que revele su secreto a sus siervos los profetas.”

Si lees la biblia correctamente descubrirás que Dios no hacía nada importante sin revelárselo a sus profetas. Siendo que Dios es igual ayer, hoy y por siempre (Hebreos 13:8), todavía le avisa a su gente antes de hacer algo que nos afectará.  Dios le ha estado profetizando a mucha gente, y eso me incluye a mí, que Jesucristo vendrá muy pronto para llevarse a sus hijos – los cristianos/la gente que ha recibido a Jesucristo como su Señor y Salvador – al cielo. Ese evento es conocido como  el rapto. Acércate a Dios y él se te acercará.  Si te quedas atrás, sufrirás muchísimo durante esos siete anos conocidos como la tribulación. ¿Has puesto toda tu fe en Jesucristo?  Si la has puesto en una virgen o en un llamado santo, o en cualquier otro llamado dios o cosa, sufrirás durante la tribulación y pasarás la eternidad sufriendo en el lago de fuego.

MARK 7:17-23 (October 19, 2017)

“When He (Jesus Christ) had entered a house away from the crowd, His disciples asked Him concerning the parable.  So He said to them, “Are you thus without understanding also? Do you not perceive that whatever enters a man from outside cannot defile him, because it does not enter his heart but his stomach, and is eliminated, thus purifying all foods?” And He said, “What comes out of a man, that defiles a man. For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within and defile a man.”

In other words, all food that is not harmful to the body is good to eat.  What is toxic is what a man thinks, says or does that is not according to God’s will.

MARCOS 7:17-23 (19 de Octubre 2017)

“Cuando se alejó de la multitud y entró en casa, le preguntaron sus discípulos sobre la parábola.  El les dijo: ¿También ustedes están así sin entendimiento? ¿No entienden que todo lo de fuera que entra en el hombre, no le puede contaminar,  porque no entra en su corazón, sino en el vientre, y sale a la letrina? Esto decía, haciendo limpios todos los alimentos. Pero decía, que lo que del hombre sale, eso contamina al hombre.  Porque de dentro, del corazón de los hombres, salen los malos pensamientos, los adulterios, las fornicaciones, los homicidios, los hurtos, las avaricias, las maldades, el engaño, la lascivia, la envidia, la maledicencia, la soberbia, la insensatez. Todas estas maldades de dentro salen, y contaminan al hombre.”

En otras palabras, toda comida que no sea dañina para el cuerpo humano es buena para comer.  Lo que es toxico es lo que el hombre piensa, dice o hace que va contra la voluntad de Dios.

MATTHEW 24:11-12 (October 12, 2017)

And many false prophets will arise and mislead many. Because of the multiplication of wickedness , the love of most will grow cold..

That is exactly the period of time that we are living. Instead of love, there is hatred.  Many evangelists on television just about claim to have the exclusive rights to God.  Many people are following them because they like “the feel-good message.”  Those evangelists and pastors just talk about what people want to hear, not necessarily the truth from the Bible.  Many of them are multimillionaires.  What should one do?  Believe God and the Bible, not necessarily men.

MATEO 24:11-12 (12 de Octubre 2017)

“Y muchos falsos profetas se levantarán, y engañarán a muchos;   y por haberse multiplicado la maldad, el amor de muchos se enfriará. “

Esa descripción describe los tiempos en cuales estamos viviendo actualmente.  En vez de amor hay odio.  Muchos evangelistas y pastores declaran muchas falsedades por la televisión, pero muchos los siguen porque les dicen lo que quieren oír.  Solamente hablan de las bendiciones que Dios tiene para nosotros, pero no mencionan las maldiciones que Dios les manda a los que pecan por pecar.  Muchos de esos pastores y evangelistas son multimillonarios.  ¿Qué debe hacer uno?  Creerle a Dios y la biblia, no necesariamente al hombre.

1 JOHN 2:8 (October 5, 2017)

“Again, a new commandment I write to you, which thing is true in Him and in you, because the darkness is passing away, and the true light is already shining.”

This is what the apostle John said to the Jewish people after Jesus had ascended to heaven.  Guess what?  This applies to the United States in reverse.  The light that we once had when our country was founded and for many years after that is now giving way to darkness.  More and more our country is moving away from God.  We are already paying some of the consequences and unfortunately it is going to get worse.

1 JUAN 2:8 (5  de Octubre 2017)

“Sin embargo, les escribo un mandamiento nuevo, que es verdadero en él y en ustedes, porque las tinieblas van pasando, y la luz verdadera ya alumbra.”

Eso es lo que el apóstol Juan les dijo a los judíos después de que Jesucristo había ascendido al cielo.  ¿Sabes qué?  Esto se le puede aplicar a los Estados Unidos, sino que al revés.  La luz que nuestro país tenía cuando fue fundado y por muchos años se ha convertido en tinieblas.  Así cómo pasa el tiempo nuestro país se va alejando más y más de Dios.  Ya estamos pagando las consecuencias, pero la situación va a empeorarse.

HEBREWS 9:28 (September 28, 2017)

“So Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation.”

Jesus, when He died on the cross, paid for all your sins.  All you have to do is repent, ask God to forgive you and receive Jesus Christ in your heart as your Lord and Savior.  If you do that, you will spend eternity in a paradise environment with God.  That means you will encounter nothing but joy, peace, tranquility and happiness.  The other choice is not accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior and then you will spend eternity burning and suffering in the lake of fire forever and ever.  It’s your choice!  If you do not know how to receive Jesus Christ in your heart, look under messages or articles in my blog.

HEBREOS9:28 (28 de Septiembre 2017)

“así también Cristo fue ofrecido una sola vez para llevar los pecados de muchos; y aparecerá por segunda vez, sin relación con el pecado, para salvar a los que le esperan.”

Jesucristo, al morir en la cruz, pagó por todos tus pecados.  Todo lo que tienes que hacer es arrepentirte, pedirle perdón a Dios, y recibir a Jesucristo en tu corazón como tu Señor y Salvador. Si haces eso, pasarás la eternidad en un ambiente como el paraíso con Dios. Eso significa que vivirás en paz, armonía, regocijo y felicidad eternamente.  El otro lado de la moneda es que si no aceptas a Jesucristo, pasarás la eternidad quemándote y sufriendo en el lago de fuego.  No suena muy apetecible! Es tu decisión.  Si no sabes cómo recibir a Jesucristo, ve a la página donde diga “Messages o Articles.”

2 TIMOTHY 3:1-5 (September 21, 2017)

“But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come:  For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,  unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good,  traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,  having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!”

We are in the last days before Jesus Christ comes back for the Christians (the rapture) and before all hell breaks loose on earth during the tribulation (A seven-year period when the antichrist and the devil will be ruling the world).  We know we are in the last days because all the signs that the Bible said would happen are happening now.

2 TIMOTEO 3:1-5 (21 de Septiembre 2017)

“También debes saber esto: que en los postreros días vendrán tiempos peligrosos. Porque habrá hombres amadores de sí mismos, avaros, vanagloriosos, soberbios, blasfemos, desobedientes a los padres, ingratos, impíos,  sin afecto natural, implacables, calumniadores, intemperantes, crueles, aborrecedores de lo bueno,  traidores, impetuosos, infatuados, amadores de los deleites más que de Dios,  que tendrán apariencia de piedad, pero negarán la eficacia de ella; a éstos evita.”

Estamos viviendo en los días postreros y sabemos que Jesucristo está por venir para llevarse a sus seguidores, y al pasar eso, viene la tribulación (un periodo de siete años cuando el anticristo y el diablo gobernarán el mundo).  Sabemos que estamos en los últimos días, porque todas las señales que dice la biblia que ocurrirían, están ocurriendo.

PSALM 46:1-11 (September 14, 2017)

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, even
though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though its waters roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with its swelling. There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacle of the Most High. God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved; God shall help her, just at the break of dawn. The nations raged, the kingdoms were moved; He uttered His voice, the earth melted. The Lord of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our refuge. Come, behold the works of the Lord,
Who has made desolations in the earth. He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; He breaks the bow and cuts the spear in two; He burns the chariot in the fire. Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! The Lord of hosts is

with us; The God of Jacob is our refuge.”

Although all these catastrophes are happening in our country – the USA – we should not be afraid if we are Christ followers.  God has always protected His people and He will protect us just as He did before.  What we have to do is get closer to Him, put our faith in Him, pray to Him and expect in faith His miracles and His blessings.

SALMO 46:1-11 (14 de Septiembre 2017)

“Dios es nuestro amparo y fortaleza, nuestro pronto auxilio en las tribulaciones.  Por tanto, no temeremos, aunque la tierra sea removida, y se traspasen los montes al corazón del mar;  Aunque bramen y se turben sus aguas, y tiemblen los montes a causa de su braveza.  Del río sus corrientes alegran la ciudad de Dios, el santuario de las moradas del Altísimo.  Dios está en medio de ella; no será conmovida. Dios la ayudará al clarear la mañana.  Bramaron las naciones, titubearon los reinos; Dio él su voz, se derritió la tierra.  Jehová de los ejércitos está con nosotros; Nuestro refugio es el Dios de Jacob.  Vengan, vean las obras de Jehová, que ha puesto asolamientos en la tierra,  que hace cesar las guerras hasta los fines de la tierra. Que quiebra el arco, corta la lanza, y quema los carros en el fuego.  Estén quietos, y sepan que yo soy Dios; Seré exaltado entre las naciones; enaltecido seré en la tierra.  Jehová de los ejércitos está con nosotros; Nuestro refugio es el Dios de Jacob.”

Aunque están pasando catástrofes en el mundo, no debemos temer si somos seguidores de Jesucristo.  Dios siempre ha protegido a sus hijos, y nos protegerá a nosotros también como lo ha hecho en el pasado.  Lo que debemos hacer es acercarnos a él, poner nuestra fe en él, orarle al Padre en el nombre de Jesucristo, y esperar en fe sus milagros y bendiciones.

2 CORINTHIANS 9:6-8 (September 7, 2017)

 But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.  So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.  And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.”

Are you giving your 10% to a local born-again Christian church?  If you are not, you are robbing God – read Malachi 3:8-10.  If you are giving, are you doing it cheerfully?  God loves a cheerful giver.  If you give, don’t give grudgingly.  Don’t believe the evangelists on television that say you will receive one-hundred fold or more if you give.  In actuality, that may not happen.  If you believe them in most cases, they will become richer and you will become poorer.

2 CORINTIOS 9:6-8 (7 de Septiembre 2017)

 Pero esto digo: El que siembra escasamente, también segará escasamente; y el que siembra generosamente, generosamente también segará.  Cada uno dé como propuso en su corazón: no con tristeza, ni por necesidad, porque Dios ama al dador alegre. Y poderoso es Dios para hacer que abunde en vosotros toda gracia, a fin de que, teniendo siempre en todas las cosas todo lo suficiente, abundéis para toda buena obra.”

¿Le estás dando el 10% de tus ingresos a la iglesia  cristiana local? Si no, le estás robando a Dios – lee Malaquías 3:8-10.  Si estás dando, lo haces con alegría?  Si das, no des forzosamente.  No les creas a los evangelistas que dicen que si das,  Dios te lo devolverá multiplicado 100% o aún más.  En realidad, es muy probable que eso no suceda.  Si les crees en la mayoría de los casos, ellos se enriquecerán y tú quedarás más pobre.

EPHESIANS 4:26-27 (August 31, 2017)

“Be angry, and do not sin.  Do not let the sun go down on your wrath,  nor give place to the devil.”

This scripture is self-explanatory.  Do not go to bed mad.  Forgive whoever you have to forgive and repent of whatever you have to repent.  Wake up in the morning to a new day with a clean slate.

EFESIOS 4:26-27 (31 de Agosto 2017)

“Si se enojan, no pequen.  No permitan que el enojo les dure hasta la puesta del sol,  ni den cabida al diablo.”

Esta escritura se explica por sí misma. No se acuesten enojados.  Perdonen al que tienen que perdonar y arrepiéntanse de lo que tengan que arrepentirse.  Despierten  en la mañanita a un día nuevo con la conciencia limpia.

ROMANS 2:1-6    (8/24/17)

Therefore you are inexcusable, O man, whoever you are who judge, for in whatever you judge another you condemn yourself; for you who judge practice the same things.  But we know that the judgment of God is according to truth against those who practice such things.  And do you think this, O man, you who judge those practicing such things, and doing the same, that you will escape the judgment of God?  Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance?  But in accordance with your hardness and your impenitent heart you are treasuring up for yourself wrath in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God,  who “will render to each one according to his deeds.”

Four main points: 1. We should not judge others.  2. We should not practice the things t for which we are judging others.  3. We should not despise that Jesus loves us and that He died on the cross for us.  4. We should not harden our hearts.

ROMANOS 2:1-6 (24 de Agosto 2017)

“Por lo cual eres inexcusable, oh hombre, quienquiera que seas tú que juzgas; pues en lo que juzgas a otro, te condenas a ti mismo; porque tú que juzgas haces lo mismo.  Mas sabemos que el juicio de Dios contra los que practican tales cosas es según verdad.  ¿Y piensas esto, oh hombre, tú que juzgas a los que tal hacen, y haces lo mismo, que tú escaparás del juicio de Dios? ¿O menosprecias las riquezas de su benignidad, paciencia y longanimidad, ignorando que su benignidad te guía al arrepentimiento? Pero por tu dureza y por tu corazón no arrepentido, atesoras para ti mismo ira para el día de la ira y de la revelación del justo juicio de Dios,  el cual pagará a cada uno conforme a sus obras.”

Cuatro puntos principales:  1. No debemos juzgar al prójimo.  2. No debemos participar en las

actividades  por las cuales juzgamos a los demás.  3. No debemos despreciar que Jesucristo murió en la cruz por nosotros y el amor que nos tiene.  4.  No debemos endurecer nuestro corazón.

GENESIS 1:26-27 (August 17, 2017)

“Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”  So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.”

A few points to consider:  1.  God made the humans.  We did not evolve.  2. Who was present? God the Father, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit.  That’s why the Father said:  “Let Us make man…” 3.  God looks like us.  He made us in His image.  4.  We should have dominion over the earth.  5.  God made male and female, not transgender, lesbians nor homosexuals.

GÉNESIS 1:26-27 (17 de Agosto 2017

 Entonces dijo Dios: Hagamos al hombre a nuestra imagen, conforme a nuestra semejanza; y señoree en los peces del mar, en las aves de los cielos, en las bestias, en toda la tierra, y en todo animal que se arrastra sobre la tierra. Y creó Dios al hombre a su imagen, a imagen de Dios lo creó; varón y hembra los creó.”

Algunos puntos para considerar:  1. Dios creó a los humanos.  No hubo evolución.  2.  ¿Quiénes estuvieron presentes? – Dios Padre, Jesucristo y el Espíritu Santo.  Por eso Dios Padre dijo:  “Hagamos al hombre a nuestra imagen, conforme a nuestra semejanza…”  3.  La semejanza de Dios es como la nuestra.  4.  Debemos tener dominio sobre la tierra.  5.  Dios creó varón y hembra, no varón y lesbiana, homosexual o transgénero.

MATTHEW 15:11 (August 10, 2017)

 Not what goes into the mouth defiles a man; but what comes out of the mouth, this defiles a man.”

Certain people belonging to a certain religion do not eat meat on Fridays.  Apparently they do not understand this scripture.  Eat all the meat you want, if you can afford it and if it’s not detrimental  to your health, but watch what you say.  Do not use bad words, do not have bad thoughts and, above all, do not cause any harm to yourself or to anybody.

MATEO 15:11 (10 de Agosto 2017)

 No lo que entra en la boca contamina al hombre; mas lo que sale de la boca, esto contamina al hombre.”

Ciertas personas quienes pertenecen a cierta religión no comen carne los viernes.  Aparentemente no entienden esta escritura.  Come toda la carne que quieras, si tienes los recursos financieros para comprarla y si no es mala para tu salud, pero cuidado con lo que hables.  No digas malas palabras, no tengas malos pensamientos y, sobre todo, no te causes daño a ti mismo y no se lo causes a nadie más tampoco.

LUKE 12:8-9

“Also I  (Jesus) say to you, whoever confesses Me before men, him the Son of Man also will confess before the angels of God.  But he who denies Me before men will be denied before the angels of God.”

The people who do not believe in Jesus as being God will wind up in the lake of fire suffering eternally.  The people who confess Jesus as being their Lord and Savior will have eternal life with God.  In which group will you be?

LUCAS 12:8-9

(Yo Jesucristo) “les digo que todo aquel que me confiese delante de los hombres, también el Hijo del Hombre le confesará delante de los ángeles de Dios;  mas el que me niegue delante de los hombres, será negado delante de los ángeles de Dios.”

Los que no creen que Jesucristo es Dios terminarán en el lago de fuego sufriendo eternamente.  Los que confiesen que Jesucristo es su Señor y Salvador tendrán vida eterna con Dios.  ¿A cuál grupo perteneces?

GALATIANS 5:24 – 25 (July 27, 2017)

 And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.  If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.”

It means that we no longer take pleasure on being involved in sinful activities.  we have become a new person, a new creation,  with a new way of thinking.  We have transformed and renewed our minds (Romans 12:2).  If you claim to be a Christian, but are still living the way you did before becoming one, I have news for you…you are not a Christian.

GÁLATAS 5:24-25 (27 de Julio 2017)

 Pero los que son de Cristo han crucificado la carne con sus pasiones y deseos. Si vivimos por el Espíritu, andemos también por el Espíritu.”

Significa que ya no tomamos placer en involucrarnos y participar en los placeres pecaminosos del mundo.  Ahora somos una nueva persona, una nueva creación, con una manera nueva de pensar.  Hemos transformado y renovado nuestras mentes (Romanos 12:2). Si pretendes ser cristiano, pero continúas viviendo como vivías antes, tengo noticias para ti…no eres cristiano.

REVELATION 21:8 (July 20, 2017)

 But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”

The word of God makes it very clears what awaits those kinds of people.  Their lifestyle may be politically and socially correct, but it’s spiritually incorrect and they will pay the consequences. As Abraham Lincoln would probably say:  “You can fool most of the people some of the time,  and you can fool some of the people most of the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.”  Even if you were to fool all the people all the time, you could not fool God even once.

APOCALIPSIS 21:8 (20 de Julio 2017)

 Pero los cobardes e incrédulos, los abominables y homicidas, los fornicarios y hechiceros, los idólatras y todos los mentirosos tendrán su parte en el lago que arde con fuego y azufre, que es la muerte segunda.”

La palabra de Dios está bien clara de lo que les espera a esas clases de personas.  Su estilo de vida puede ser política y socialmente correcto, pero es incorrecto espiritualmente y por lo consiguiente pagarán las consecuencias.  Abraham Lincoln diría:  “Se puede engañar a la mayoría de la gente algunas veces, a otros todas las veces, pero no podemos engañar a toda la gente todo el tiempo.”  Y si pudieras engañar a toda la gente todo el tiempo, no podrías engañar a Dios ni siquiera una vez.

JONAH 2:8 (July 13, 2017)

“Those who regard worthless idols forsake their own Mercy.” Through God’s mercy we have salvation.  In other words, people who are worshiping idols do not have salvation, which means they will wind up eternally in the lake of fire burning and suffering.  An idol is anything  or anyone you may be worshiping other than Jesus.  Are you worshiping idols?

JONÁS 2:8 (13 de Julio 2017)

“Los que siguen ídolos vanos abandonan el amor de Dios.” Por el amor de Dios y su misericordia tenemos salvación.  En otras palabras, los que siguen ídolos no tendrán salvación, y eso significa que pasarán la eternidad quemándose sufriendo en el lago de fuego.  Un ídolo es cualquier persona  a quien le estés orando o cualquier cosa que pongas delante de Dios.  ¿Estás adorando ídolos?

PSALM 19:7-9 (July 6, 2017)

“The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul; The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple; The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes; The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; The judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.”

I believe this is self-explanatory.  There is really nothing I should add to it.

SALMO 19:7-9 (6 de Julio 2017)

La ley de Jehová es perfecta, que convierte el alma; El testimonio de Jehová es fiel, que hace sabio al sencillo.  Los mandamientos de Jehová son rectos, que alegran el corazón; El precepto de Jehová es puro, que alumbra los ojos.  El temor de Jehová es limpio, que permanece para siempre; Los juicios de Jehová son verdad, todos justos.”

Esta escritura se explica por sí misma.  No necesito agregarle nada.

JOHN 14:12 (June 29, 2017)

“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me (Jesus Christ), the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.”

Jesus did every kind of miracle imaginable.  He even resurrected the dead and yet He says we can do what He did and even greater works.  So what do we need to be able to do those miracles?  We need faith and lots of it.  Without faith it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6).  Work up your faith in God and you too will be able to accomplish what seems to be impossible for others.

JUAN 14:12 (29 de Junio 2017)

“De cierto, de cierto les digo: El que en mí cree, las obras que yo hago, él las hará también; y aun mayores hará, porque yo voy al Padre.”

Jesucristo hizo toda clase de milagro imaginable.  Hasta resucitó muertos, y sin embargo dice que podemos hacer lo mismo que él hizo y aun que haremos mayores obras. ¿Qué necesitamos para poder hacer esos milagros?  Necesitamos fe y fe en abundancia, porque sin fe es imposible agradar a Dios (Hebreos 11:6).  Alimenta tu fe en Dios para que crezca y tú también podrás hacer lo que sea imposible para otros.

ACTS 28:26-27 (June 22, 2017)

God told the prophet Isaiah: “Go to this people (the Jewish nation) and say:  Hearing you will hear, and shall not understand; And seeing you will see, and not perceive;  For the hearts of this people have grown dull. Their ears are hard of hearing,  And their eyes they have closed, lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, so that I should heal them.”

The people had moved so far away from God that He was completely disappointed with them.  Unfortunately, the same thing has happened with the USA.  We can only hope that God has mercy on us.  We do not deserve it, but because of His grace let’s hope He has compassion on us.

HECHOS 28:26-27 (22 de Junio 2017)

Dios le dijo al profeta Isaías: “Ve a este pueblo, y diles:  De oído oirán, y no entenderán; Y viendo verán, y no percibirán; Porque el corazón de este pueblo se ha engrosado, y con los oídos oyeron pesadamente, y sus ojos han cerrado, Para que no vean con los ojos, y oigan con los oídos, y entiendan de corazón, Y se conviertan, y yo los sane.”

La gente se había alejado tanto de Dios que él estaba completamente desilusionado con ellos. Desafortunadamente, lo mismo ha ocurrido aquí en los Estados Unidos de América. Lo único que podemos esperar es que Dios por medio de su gracia tenga misericordia y compasión con nosotros.

EZEKIEL 18:4 - “…The soul who sins shall die.” 18:20 – “The soul who sins shall die…” 18:26 – “When a righteous man turns away from his righteousness, commits iniquity,  and dies in it, it is because of the iniquity which he has done that he dies.”

ROMANS 10:9-10

The apostle Paul told the Romans: “That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”

The steps to salvation are:  1. Repent.  2. Ask God to forgive you.  3. Confess with your mouth that Jesus is your Lord and Savior.  4.  Believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead on the third day.  5. Try to live a righteous life. 6.  Attend a good Bible-teaching, born-again Christian church. 

ROMANOS 10:9-10

El apóstol Pablo les dijo a los romanos:  “Que si confiesas con la boca que Jesús es el Señor, y crees en el corazón que Dios lo levantó de los muertos, serás salvo.  Porque con el corazón se cree para justicia, pero con la boca se confiesa para la salvación. “  Los pasos para tu salvación son:  1. Arrepentirte.  2. Pedirle perdón a Dios.  3. Confesar con la boca que Jesús es tu Salvador.  4. Creer en tu corazón que Dios lo levantó de entre los muertos al tercer día.  5. Tratar de vivir una vida sana y justa.  6. Asistir a una iglesia cristiana donde enseñen directamente de la biblia. 

MATTHEW 16:24-26

“Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.  For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.  For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?” 1. To follow Jesus we have to leave the sinful acts behind. 2. We have to live by His principles.  3. We will lose our sinful lifestyle and gain a pious one.  4. Our god will not be money, possessions or fame.  5. There is nothing more important than salvation – spending eternity with God and not with the devil in the lake of fire. Do you know where you are going when you die?  

MATEO 16:24-26

Entonces Jesús les dijo a sus discípulos: Si alguno quiere venir en pos de mí, niéguese a sí mismo, y tome su cruz, y sígame.  Porque todo el que quiera salvar su vida, la perderá; y todo el que pierda su vida por causa de mí, la hallará. Porque ¿qué aprovechará al hombre, si ganare todo el mundo, y perdiere su alma? ¿O qué recompensa dará el hombre por su alma?” 1. Para seguir a Jesucristo tenemos que dejar de pecar.  2. Tenemos que vivir por sus principios.  3.  Perdemos nuestro estilo de vida pecaminoso y adquirimos el divino de Dios.  4. Nuestro dios ya no son las posesiones, el dinero ni la fama.  5. Nada es más importante que la salvación – pasar la eternidad con Dios y no con el diablo en el lago de fuego.  ¿Sabes adónde irás cuando mueras?

JOHN14:6 (May 25, 2017)

“I am the way, the truth, and the life.  No one comes to the Father, except by Me.”

Jesus explains it very well.  The only way you can come into salvation – eternal life with God – is to receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.  Religion will not do it. Good works will not do it. Being a nice person will not do it. Apart from Jesus there is no way to get to heaven.  If you think you will have eternal life with God for any other reason other than Jesus, you are dead wrong.  If that is your case, you will wind up in the lake of fire.  However if you want to go to heaven, ask Father God to forgive you, ask Jesus to be your Lord and Savior, and ask the Holy Spirit to live in you. God bless you!

JUAN 14:6  (25 de Mayo 2017)

“Yo soy el camino, la verdad y la vida.  Nadie viene al Padre, sino por Mí.”

Jesucristo lo explica perfectamente bien.  La única manera de llegar a la salvación – tener vida eterna con Dios – es si recibes a Jesucristo como tu Señor y Salvador.  No puedes llegar al cielo por tu religión, tus buenas obras, ni porque seas buena persona.  Aparte de recibir a Jesucristo no hay otra manera.  Si piensas que llegarás al cielo aparte de Jesucristo estás bien equivocado.  Si ese es tu caso, terminarás en el lago de fuego sufriendo eternamente. Sin embargo, si quieres ir al cielo, pídele perdón a Dios Padre, pídele a Jesucristo que sea tu Señor y Salvador, y al Espíritu Santo que viva en ti. ¡Dios te bendiga!

LUKE 17:6 (5/18/17)

 So the Lord said, “If you have faith as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be pulled up by the roots and be planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.”

This is what Jesus told His disciples, but He is telling us the same thing.  If we have faith our prayers will be answered, but if we don’t have it, nothing will happen.  Without faith it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6).  If we don’t really have faith, it’s a waste of time for us to pray.

LUCAS 17:6 (18 de Mayo 17)

 Entonces el Señor les dijo: Si tuvieran fe como un grano de mostaza, podrían decirle a este sicómoro: Desarráigate, y plántate en el mar; y los obedecería.”

Esto es lo que Jesucristo les dijo a sus discípulos, pero nos dice lo mismo a nosotros.   Si tenemos fe, nuestras oraciones reciben respuestas, pero si no la tenemos, nada pasa.  Sin fe es imposible agradar a Dios (Hebreos 11:6).  Si oramos sin fe estamos perdiendo nuestro tiempo y aburriendo a Dios.

COLOSSIANS 1:15-18 (May 11, 2017)

“ He (Jesus) is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.  For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him (Jesus) and for Him.  And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.  And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.”

Jesus is the image, the exact likeness, of the invisible God. 2. Everything was created by Him.  3. All things were created for Him.  4. Before anything existed, He existed.  5. Everything is held together by Him.  6. He is the head of the born-again Christian church.  7. He resurrected from the dead.

COLOSENSES 1:15-18 (11 de Mayo 2017)

“El (Jesucristo) es la imagen del Dios invisible, el primogénito de toda creación. Porque en él fueron creadas todas las cosas, las que hay en los cielos y las que hay en la tierra, visibles e invisibles; sean tronos, sean dominios, sean principados, sean potestades; todo fue creado por medio de él y para él. Y él es antes de todas las cosas, y todas las cosas en él subsisten; y él es la cabeza del cuerpo que es la iglesia, él que es el principio, el primogénito de entre los muertos, para que en todo tenga la preeminencia.”  1. Jesucristo es la imagen del Dios invisible.  2. Todo fue creado por él.  3. Todo fue creado para él.  4. Antes que algo existiera, él existía.  5. Todo subsiste en él y por él.  6. Él es la cabeza de la iglesia cristiana.  7. Él resucitó de entre los muertos.

ROMANS 10:9-10 (May 4, 2017)

Through the apostle Paul God tells you: “That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.  For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”

Now you know what you have to do in order to be saved – to spend eternity with God and not in the lake of fire with the devil and his demons.

ROMANOS 10:9-10 (4 de Mayo 2017)

Por medio del apóstol Pablo Dios te dice:  “ Que si confiesas con tu boca que Jesús es el Señor, y crees en tu corazón que Dios lo levantó de los muertos, serás salvo. Porque con el corazón se cree para justicia, pero con la boca se confiesa para salvación.”

Ahora ya sabes que debes hacer para tener salvación – ir al cielo, en vez de pasar la eternidad sufriendo con el diablo  y sus demonios en el lago de fuego.

1 TIMOTHY 2:4 (April 27, 2017)

 (Jesus) who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.”

You read this scripture correctly.  Jesus wants you to spend eternity with Him.  He does not want you to spend it suffering in the lake of fire with the devil and his demons.  All you have

to do is repent, ask God to forgive you and receive Jesus Christ in your heart as your Lord and Savior.  Will you do that?

1 TIMOTEO 2:4 (27 de Abril 2017)

(Jesucristo) el cual quiere que todos los hombres sean salvos y vengan al conocimiento de la verdad.” Leíste esta escritura correctamente.  Jesucristo desea que pases la eternidad con él. No quiere que la pases con el diablo y sus demonios sufriendo en el lago de fuego.  Todo lo que tienes que hacer es arrepentirte, pedirle perdón a Dios, y recibir a Jesucristo en tu corazón como tu Señor y Salvador.  ¿Lo harás?

ISAIAH 5:20-21 (April 20, 2017)

“Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!”

It sounds to me as if God were talking to the news media, politicians in general, movie stars, the pro-abortion people, the pro-gay people, the pro-drug people and quite a few others.  Is He talking to you?

ISAÍAS 5:20-21 (20 de Abril 2017)

 !!Ay de los que a lo malo dicen bueno, y a lo bueno malo; que hacen de la luz tinieblas, y de las tinieblas luz; que ponen lo amargo por dulce, y lo dulce por amargo!  !!Ay de los sabios en sus propios ojos, y de los que son prudentes delante de sí mismos!!”

Me parece que Dios les está hablando a los medios de comunicación, a los políticos en general, a los estrellas de cine, a los que apoyan al aborto, a los que apoyan a los homosexuales, a los que trafican en drogas y a muchos más. ¿Te está hablando a ti?

PROVERB 16:25 (April 13, 2017)

“There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.” Proverb: 21:2 –“Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the hearts.”

These two scriptures make it very clear that what is right in men’s way of thinking is not necessarily right with God.  In men’s point of view it may be correct for men to marry men, for women to marry women, for ladies to have abortions, for the government to sell drugs with certain regulations, and for the bigger fish to swallow the smaller ones, but what does God think?

PROVERBIO 16:25 (13 de Abril 2017)

“Hay camino que parece derecho al hombre, pero su fin es camino de muerte.” Proverbio 21:2-

“Todo camino del hombre es recto en su propia opinión; pero Jehová pesa los corazones.”

Estas dos escrituras esclarecen el punto de que lo que está bien en los ojos del hombre no es necesariamente correcto en los ojos de Dios.  En el punto de vista del hombre puede ser correcto que hombres se casen con hombres, que mujeres se casen con mujeres, que las mujeres aborten niños, que el gobierno autorice la venta de drogas, y que el pez grande se coma al más pequeño, pero, ¿cómo lo ve Dios?

PSALM 135:15-18 (April 6, 2017)

“The idols of the nations are silver and gold, the work of men’s hands. They have mouths, but they do not speak; Eyes they have, but they do not see; They have ears, but they do not hear; Nor is there any breath in their mouths. Those who make them are like them; So is everyone who trusts in them.”

Are you worshiping an idol that has hands, but cannot touch, feet, but cannot walk, a mouth, but cannot speak, ears, but cannot hear, a head that is made of plastic, plaster, wood or some kind of metal, but cannot think?  If that describes you, you are missing the boat completely.  Jesus Christ, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, is the Creator of everything that exists.  You need to come to Him, repented and asking for forgiveness.  Every other so-called god is a lie from the devil.  If you are praying to anything else or anybody else other than Father God, in the name of Jesus, you will wind up suffering eternally in the lake of fire. If, for whatever reason, you don’t believe me, go to the Bible and you will find out for yourself.

SALMO 135:15-18  (6 de Abril 2017)

“Los ídolos de las naciones son plata y oro, obra de manos de hombres. Tienen boca, y no hablan; Tienen ojos, y no ven; Tienen orejas, y no oyen; Tampoco hay aliento en sus bocas. Semejantes a ellos son los que los hacen, y todos los que en ellos confían.”

Estás adorando ídolos que tienen manos, pero no pueden tocar, que tienen pies, pero no pueden caminar, que tienen ojos, pero no pueden ver, que tienen oídos, pero no pueden oír, que tienen boca, pero no pueden hablar, y que tienen cabeza de plástico, madera, yeso o metal, pero no pueden pensar? Si eso te describe a ti, estás completamente fuera de la realidad. Jesucristo, el Dios de los judíos, es el Creador de los cielos, la tierra y todo lo que existe. Necesitas arrepentirte, llegar a él en humildad y pedirle perdón.  Cualquier otro llamado dios, santo, virgen o entidad divina es mentira del diablo.  Si le estás orando a cualquier otra cosa o entidad que no sea Dios Padre, Jesucristo o el Espíritu Santo te llevará al lago de fuego para que pases la eternidad sufriendo. Si, por la razón que sea, no me crees, ve directamente a la biblia y te desengañarás por ti mismo.

HOSEA 9:15 (March 30, 2017)

“All their wickedness is in Gilgal, for there I hated them. Because of the evil of their deeds. I will drive them from My house; I will love them no more.  All their princes are rebellious.”

Through the prophet Hosea, God was speaking to the Israelites, but in essence He could be speaking to the USA.  Why?  Abortion, gay people, drug usage, crookedness in our government, blasphemy against God, violence in our country, pornography, adultery, prostitution, idolatry, getting God out of all our public buildings, pastors/evangelists watering down the word of God to get more donations and so on.

Do you suppose God is a little aggravated with us?  In Isaiah 55:6, God tells us through the prophet Isaiah to look for Him while He can be found and to call upon Him while He is near.  Maybe the time is coming soon when He no longer can be found by us and when He is not near anymore.  It is time for us to repent as a nation before it is too late

NUMBERS 24:9 (March 23, 2017)

“He bows down, he lies down as a lion; And as a lion, who shall rouse him? Blessed is he who blesses you, And cursed is he who curses you.”

God is talking to Israel through a man. Those who bless Israel will be blessed by God, and those who curse Israel will be cursed by God.  Let’s hope that unlike Obama who cursed Israel, Trump will bless Israel and God will bless our nation – the United States of America.  Only time will tell.

NÚMEROS 24:9 (23 de Marzo 2017)

“Se encorvará para echarse como león, Y como leona; ¿quién lo despertará? Benditos los que te bendigan, Y malditos los que te maldigan.”

Dios le está hablando a Israel por medio de un hombre.  Los que bendigan a Israel serán bendecidos, y los que maldigan a Israel serán maldecidos. Obama fue maldición para Israel y nos fue mal.  Si Trump es bendición para Israel nos irá bien.  El tiempo nos dirá

DEUTERONOMY 11:26-28 (March 16, 2017)

“Behold, I set before you today a blessing and a curse:  the blessing, if you obey the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you today; and the curse, if you do not obey the commandments of the Lord your God, but turn aside from the way which I command you today, to go after other gods which you have not known.”

God makes it clear to our nation and to us individually to choose one or the other.  If we don’t choose God, we are choosing His curse, and if we do that, then we should be ready to pay the consequences.  Hopefully this scripture will speak to you and to our nation.

DEUTERONOMIO 11:26-28 (16 de Marzo 2017)

“He aquí yo (Dios) pongo hoy delante de ustedes la bendición y la maldición: la bendición, si obedecen los mandamientos de Jehová su Dios, que yo les prescribo hoy, y la maldición, si no obedecen los mandamientos de Jehová su Dios, y se apartan del camino que yo les ordeno hoy, para ir en pos de dioses ajenos que no han conocido.”

Dios lo esclarece perfectamente para nuestro país y para nosotros que debemos escoger. Si no escogemos los principios de Dios, automáticamente estamos escogiendo sus maldiciones, y si eso es lo que hacemos debemos prepararnos para recibir las consecuencias.  Espero que esta escritura les haya hablado.

PROVERB 23:7 (March 9, 2017)

“For as he thinks in his heart, so is he…” If you are failing, having troubles, everything is going wrong for you, the world seems to be against you, you are frustrated or maybe depressed, change your way of thinking.  The Bible tells us in Romans 12:2 not to be conformed to this world, but to be transformed by the renewing of our minds.  Renew your mind and change your way of thinking and things will get better for you.

PROVERBIO 23:7 (9 de Marzo 2017)

“Porque cual es su pensamiento en su corazón, tal es él…” Si estás fracasando, tienes problemas, todo te sale mal, parece que el mundo está contra ti, y si estás frustrado y deprimido cambia tu modo de pensar. La biblia nos dice en Romanos 12:2 que no nos conformemos a este mundo y que seamos transformados al renovar nuestras mentes. Renueva tu mente y cambia tu modo de pensar y todo te cambiará.

GENESIS 1:26-27 (March 2, 2017)

“Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”  So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.”

There are five points here that you should think about:  1. God is triune – Father God, the Lord Jesus and the Holy Spirit. 2. God is the Creator.  3. We are created in God’s image.  4. We should have dominion over this earth.  5. We are male and female; not transgender, not lesbians and not homosexuals.

PROVERB 12:15 (February 23, 2017)

“The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but he who heeds counsel is wise.” Unfortunately there are many such fools. Proverb 1:7 – “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge,
But fools despise wisdom and instruction.”  Complete foolishness is not believing in God and many people are complete fools. Don’t be one of them!  Psalm 14:1 – “The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none who does good.” If you fit into that category of those who do not believe in God, you are a fool.  The good thing is that as long as you are alive you have the option to believe.  If you repent and believe in God, He will forgive you and give you eternal life with Him.

PROVERB 16:3 (February 16, 2017)

“Commit your works to the Lord, and your thoughts will be established.” We should commit everything we do to the Lord.  If we do, He will bless it no matter how insignificant it may be.  If God blesses it, no matter what it is it will be a success.

PSALM 92:7 (February 9, 2017)

“When the wicked spring up like grass, and when all the workers of iniquity flourish, It is that they may be destroyed forever.”

Those people that are causing trouble in our nation (The United States of America) are not Christian and they will be destroyed by God.  In other words they will wind up burning eternally in the lake of fire.

SALMO 92:7 (9 de Febrero 2017)

“Cuando brotan los impíos como la hierba, Y florecen todos los que hacen iniquidad, es para ser destruidos eternamente.”

Se refiere a esa gente que está causando problemas en nuestro país (Los Estados Unidos de América).  No son cristianos y van a ser destruidos por nuestro Dios.  En otras palabras van a pasar la eternidad quemándose en el lago de fuego.

LUKE 17:6 (February 2, 2017)

Jesus said:  “If you have faith as a mustard seed. you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be pulled up by the roots and be planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.”

What this means is that a little faith goes a long way.  If claim whatever we need in faith, God will do the rest, but He will not necessarily provide what we wish we had. I know many pastors and evangelists are preaching the prosperity message and some people love to hear it, but it’s not necessarily true.  Some people who are not even Christians will prosper financially and some Christians who pray all the time will not.  That’s life.

LUCAS 17:6  (2 de Febrero 2017)

Jesucristo nos dice a todos:  “Si tuvieras fe como un grano de mostaza, podrías decirle a este sicómoro: Desarráigate, y plántate en el mar; y te obedecería.”

Lo que significa es que poca fe nos lleva lejos.  Si clamamos nuestras necesidades en fe, Dios hace lo demás, pero no necesariamente nos complace con nuestros deseos.  Necesidades sí, deseos no necesariamente.  Yo sé que es muy popular para los pastores y evangelistas predicar el evangelio de prosperidad, y a la gente le encanta escucharlo, pero no es necesariamente correcto.  Algunas personas que ni siquiera son cristianas van a prosperar económicamente y algunas que son cristianas quienes oran bastante jamás van a ser ricas.  Así es la vida.

JOHN 1:9-12 (January 26, 2016)

“That (Jesus) was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world.  He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him.  He came to His own (the Jewish people),  and His own did not receive Him.  But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God (anyone who repents and asks Jesus to be his Lord and Savior), to those who believe in His name.”

If you have not received Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, you will not make it to heaven, but you will make it to the lake of fire.  However if you want to spend eternity with God, all you have to do is repent, ask God to forgive you, and receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.  It doesn’t matter what you may have done.  He doesn’t reject anybody.

JUAN 1:9-12 (26 de Enero 2017)

“Aquella luz verdadera (Jesucristo), que alumbra a todo hombre, venía a este mundo.  En el mundo estaba, y el mundo por él fue hecho; pero el mundo no le conoció.  A lo suyo vino, y los suyos (los judíos) no le recibieron.  Mas a todos los que le recibieron, a los que creen en su nombre (a los que reciben a Jesucristo como su Señor y Salvador), les dio potestad de ser hechos hijos de Dios.”

Si no has recibido a Jesucristo como tu Señor y Salvador, no entrarás al cielo, pero sí pasarás la eternidad en el lago de fuego.  Sin embargo, si quieres pasar la eternidad con Dios, todo lo que tienes que hacer es arrepentirte, pedirle perdón a Dios, y recibir a Jesucristo como tu Señor y Salvador.  No importa lo que hayas hecho.  Él no rechaza a nadie.

ROMANS 3:23-24 (January 19, 2017)

 For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.”

If you think you are going to spend eternity with God because you are a nice person, you are totally mistaken.  All of us have sinned and cannot enter the gates of heaven, unless we receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.  You may be the nicest person in the entire world, you may have done ten thousand good works and you may be the most religious person that ever existed, but unless you receive Jesus Christ in your heart, you will spend eternity in the lake of fire.

ROMANOS 3:23-24 (19 de Enero 2017)

“Por cuanto todos pecaron, y están destituidos de la gloria de Dios, siendo justificados gratuitamente por su gracia, mediante la redención que es en Cristo Jesús.”

Si piensas que pasarás la eternidad con Dios, porque eres buena persona, estás bien equivocado.  Todos hemos pecado y no podremos entrar a los portales del cielo, a menos que hayamos recibido a Jesucristo como nuestro Señor y Salvador.  Puedes ser la persona más buena de todo el mundo, haber hecho miles de buenas obras, y puedes ser la persona más religiosa que haya existido, pero a menos que recibas a Jesucristo en tu corazón, pasarás la eternidad sufriendo en el lago de fuego.

PSALM 27:1 (January 12, 2017)

“The Lord is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life;
Of whom shall I be afraid.”

If you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, you should not even fear death because that only means  you will spend eternity with God. If you are not a Christian, you may be fearing many things.

SALMO 27:1 (12 de Enero 2017)

Jehová es mi luz y mi salvación; ¿de quién temeré? Jehová es la fortaleza de mi vida; ¿de quién he de atemorizarme?”

Si has aceptado a Jesucristo como tu Señor y Salvador, ni siquiera debes temerle a la muerte, porque al morir irás al cielo para pasar la eternidad con Dios.  Si no eres cristiano, es posible que te atemoricen muchas cosas. 

JOSHUA 1:8 (January 5, 2017)

“This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.”

That is what God told Joshua, but it also applies to us.  We don’t just have “The Book of the Law,” but we have the entire Bible – The Old and The New Testament.  If we receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior and follow the principles set by God in the Bible, we will receive God’s blessings.  The opposite is also true, and that’s why the world finds itself in such a terrible state.  How is your life?

JOSUÉ 1:8 (5 de Enero 2017)

“Nunca se apartará de tu boca este libro de la ley, sino que de día y de noche meditarás en él, para que guardes y hagas conforme a todo lo que en él está escrito; porque entonces harás prosperar tu camino, y todo te saldrá bien.”

Eso es lo que Dios le dijo a Josué, pero también es para nosotros.  No solamente tenemos “El Libro de la Ley,” sino que tenemos la biblia entera – El Viejo y El Nuevo Testamento.  Si recibimos a Jesucristo como nuestro Señor y Salvador y vivimos por los principios bíblicos de Dios, recibiremos las bendiciones de Dios.  Lo opuesto también se cumple, y por eso el mundo

está en un estado terrible.  ¿Cómo va tu vida?

MATTHEW 16:24 (December 29, 2016)

“If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up the cross, and follow Me.”

These are the words of Jesus Himself.  “Deny himself” means that when a person becomes a true Christian, he or she ought to give up certain things, such as; drinking, smoking,  corruption, using drugs, adultery, pornography, prostitution, lying, stealing, giving false witness, judging others and anything else that goes against God’s will.

A word to the wise:  Are you a real Christian or do you think you are one, but are not living a Christian life?  God cannot be mocked and He cannot be deceived.

MATEO 16:24 (29 de Diciembre 2016)

“Si alguno quiere venir en pos de mí, niéguese a sí mismo, y tome su cruz, y sígame.”

Esto es lo que nos dice Jesucristo.  “Niéguese a sí mismo” significa que cuando una persona se convierte al cristianismo debe dejar de tomar, fumar, usar drogas, mentir, dar falso testimonio, robar, defraudar, juzgar al prójimo, participar en la prostitución, el adulterio, la pornografía o cualquier otra cosa que vaya contra la voluntad de Dios.

Una palabra de sabiduría:  ¿Eres cristiano de verdad o simplemente piensas que eres uno, pero no vives una vida conforme la voluntad de Dios?

1 PETER 4:7-8 (December 22, 2016)

“But the end of all things is at hand; therefore be serious and watchful in your prayers, and above all things have fervent love for one another, for ‘love covers a multitude of sins.’”

Some points to ponder:  1. The world as we know it will change because Jesus is coming back for the Christians.  The ones who have never received Him as their Lord and Savior will stay behind to suffer the consequences of the tribulation.  2.  We should get right with God because Jesus could come back at any moment.  3. We should love one another.  Instead of fighting and bickering we should try to help one another.

1 PEDRO 4:7-8 (22 de Diciembre 2016)

“Mas el fin de todas las cosas se acerca; sean, pues, sobrios, y velen en oración. Y ante todo, tengan entre ustedes ferviente amor; porque el amor cubrirá multitud de pecados.”

Algunos puntos en que pensar:  1. El mundo como lo conocemos va a cambiar, porque Jesucristo va a venir por sus seguidores.  Los que nunca lo han recibido como su Señor y Salvador se quedarán para sufrir las consecuencias de la tribulación.  2. Debemos arreglar cuentas con Dios, porque Jesucristo puede volver a cualquier momento.  3. Debemos amarnos los unos a los otros. En vez de estar en desacuerdo, peleando y haciéndonos daño, debemos ayudarnos.

1 CORINTHIANS 1:18

 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.”

Going to church, reading the Bible and praying to God, may sound like foolishness to you now, but when you die, God judges you and sends you to hell, then you will wish you had listened

to the people who have invited you to church.  If you are reading this, it is not too late for you.

Find a good Christian friend and go with him or her to a good born-again Christian church.  Let God and heaven be waiting for you, instead of the devil and hell.

1 CORINTIOS 1:18

“Porque la palabra de la cruz es locura a los que se pierden; pero a los que se salvan, esto es, a nosotros, es poder de Dios.”

El asistir a la iglesia, leer la biblia y orarle a Dios, puede sonar como una locura o tontería para ti ahora, pero cuando te mueras, te juzgue Dios y te mande al infierno, entonces te arrepentirás de no haber escuchado a la gente que te invitó a la iglesia.  Si estás leyendo esto,  todavía hay tiempo para ti.  Procura a un amigo cristiano y ve con él o con ella a una iglesia cristiana donde enseñen directamente de la biblia.  Permite que Dios y el cielo te reciban y no el diablo y el infierno.

PSALM 33:12 (December 8, 2016)

“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people He has chosen as His own inheritance.”

It seems that God has chosen two countries for His own.  Those countries are Israel and the United States.  For whatever the reason, both countries at one time or another have rejected God.  As a result God removes His protection from them for a season.  That season is over

when the people return back to God.

While Israel seems to be returning to God, the United States seems to be moving away.  As a

result God is removing His protection from us.  Let’s hope with the new President – Donald Trump – that we will come back to God.

SALMO 33:12 (8 de Diciembre 2016)

“Bienaventurada la nación cuyo Dios es Jehová, el pueblo que él escogió como heredad para sí.”

Parece que Dios ha escogido dos naciones para sí.  Esas naciones son Israel y los Estados Unidos de América.  Por la razón que sea ambos países se han alejado de Dios.  Como resultado de eso, Dios les ha removido su protección por cierta temporada.  Esa temporada llegará a su fin cuando la gente se acerque a Dios de nuevo.

Parece que Israel está acercándose a Dios, pero la nación americana va alejándose.  Esperamos que con el nuevo Presidente – Donald Trump – nuestra gente regrese

DEUTERONOMY 12:28  (December 1, 2016)

“Observe and obey all these words which I (God) command you, that it may go well with you and your children after you forever, when you do what is good and right in the sight of the Lord your God.” Deuteronomy 13:4 – “You shall walk after the Lord your God and fear Him, and keep His commandments and obey His voice; you shall serve Him and hold fast to Him.”

Which God should we follow?  There is only one true God and that is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.  It will go well with us if we follow Him – that means keeping His commandments and obeying His principles.  Unfortunately that is not the way the majority of the American people is living.

DEUTERONOMIO 12:28 (Primero de Diciembre 2016)

“Guarda y escucha todas estas palabras que yo (Dios) te mando, para que haciendo lo bueno y lo recto ante los ojos de Jehová tu Dios, te vaya bien a ti y a tus hijos después de ti para siempre.”  Deuteronomio 13:4 – “En pos de Jehová tu Dios andarás; a él temerás, guardarás sus mandamientos y escucharás su voz, a él servirás, y a él seguirás.”

¿A cuál Dios debes seguir?  Solamente hay un Dios verdadero, y él es el Dios de Abraham, Isaac e Israel.  Te irá bien si lo sigues – cumpliendo con sus mandamientos, y siguiendo sus principios. Desafortunadamente eso no es como está viviendo la mayoría de los estadounidenses.

PSALM 107:8-9 (November 24, 2016)

“Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness, And for His wonderful works to the children of men! For He satisfies the longing soul, and fills the hungry soul with goodness.”

Thanksgiving Day comes once a year ( the 4th Thursday in November) to us in the United States, but we should gives thanks to God every single day of our lives.

SALMO 107:8-9 (24 de Noviembre 2016)

“Alaben la misericordia de Jehová, y sus maravillas para con los hijos de los hombres.  Porque sacia al alma menesterosa, y  llena de bien al alma hambrienta.”

EL Día de Acción de Gracias nos llega una vez al año (el cuarto jueves de Noviembre) en los Estados Unidos, pero debemos darle gracias a Dios cada día de nuestras vidas.

NUMBERS 24:9 (November 17, 2016)

“‘He bows down, he lies down as a lion; and as a lion, who shall rouse him?’ “Blessed is he who blesses you, and cursed is he who curses you.”

The scripture is talking about Israel.  Barack Obama, even if he read this scripture, never understood it.  During his eight years in office he never blessed Israel.  Actually he was against Israel from day one.  That may be one of the reasons why God has removed His blessings from us.  Let us hope that Donald Trump blesses Israel.  If he does, the blessings of God will come to us once again.

NÚMEROS 24:9 (17 de Noviembre 2016)

“Se encorvará para echarse como león, y como leona; ¿quién lo despertará? Benditos los que te bendijeren, y malditos los que te maldijeren.”

Esta escritura se refiere a Israel.  Barack Obama, aunque haya leído esta escritura, jamás la entendió.  Durante sus ocho años en la Casa Blanca nunca bendijo a Israel.  En realidad estuvo contra Israel desde el primer día.  Esa puede ser una de las razones por qué Dios nos alejó sus bendiciones.  Esperemos que Donald Trump sea una bendición para Israel. Si lo hace, nos llegarán de nuevo las bendiciones de Dios.

MATTHEW 13:14 (November 10, 2016)

 And in them the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled, which says: ‘Hearing you will hear and shall not understand, and seeing you will see and not perceive.’”

Are you one of those persons?  Have you heard about Jesus, but discarded it as not having any importance?  Your soul hangs in the balance.  You definitely have the right to believe or not to believe, and God definitely has the right to judge you on Judgment Day.  Good luck!

MATEO 13:14 (10 de Noviembre 2016)

“De manera que se cumple en ellos la profecía de Isaías, que dijo:  De oído oirás, y no entenderás;  Y viendo verás, y no percibirás.”

¿Eres una de esas personas? ¿Has oído hablar de Jesucristo, pero lo has descartado como si no tuviera importancia? Tu alma está a la víspera de la eternidad. Tienes el derecho de creer o de no creer, y Dios tiene el derecho de juzgarte en el Día del Juicio.  ¡Buena Suerte!

1 CORINTHIANS 2:9 (November 3, 2016)

“Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”[

Since the lifespan is so short people have no idea of eternity.  Nevertheless, all of us who are God’s children will live with Him eternally.  We don’t really have the slightest idea as to what God has prepared for us.  All we know is that it is going to be something wonderful, majestic, grand and truly out of this world.  Knowing that we should do everything possible to gain salvation and to maintain it.  Do you know where you will be going when you die?

1 CORINTIOS 2:9 (3 de Noviembre 2016)

“Antes bien, como está escrito:  Cosas que ojo no vio, ni oído oyó, ni han subido en corazón de hombre, son las que Dios ha preparado para los que le aman.”

Siendo que la vida es tan corta la gente no tiene la menor idea de la eternidad.  Sin embargo, todos los que somos hijos de Dios viviremos con él eternamente.  Ni siquiera nos imaginamos lo que él ha preparado para nosotros.  Todo lo que sabemos es que será maravilloso, majestuoso, magnífico y muy superior a lo de este mundo. Al saber eso deberíamos hacer todo lo que esté a nuestro alcance para obtener y mantener nuestra salvación.  ¿Sabes adónde irás cuando mueras?

PSALM 147:11 (October 27, 2016)

“The Lord takes pleasure in those who fear Him, in those who hope in His mercy.”

Do you believe in God?  Do you trust in Him? Do you hope in His mercy? Let’s hope you do, because it is only through His grace and mercy and your faith in Him that you may have salvation.  There is no other way.

SALMO 147:11 (27 de Octubre 2016)

“Jehová se complace en los que le temen, y en los que esperan en su misericordia.”

¿Crees en Dios? ¿Confías en él? ¿Esperas su misericordia?  Ojalá que sí, porque solamente por su gracia, su misericordia y tu fe en él puedes recibir la salvación

EZEKIEL 18:26-28 (October 20, 2016)

“When a righteous man turns away from his righteousness, commits iniquity, and dies in it, it is because of the iniquity which he has done that he dies. Again, when a wicked man turns away from the wickedness which he committed, and does what is lawful and right, he preserves himself alive.  Because he considers and turns away from all the transgressions which he committed, he shall surely live; he shall not die.”

God makes it quite clear that unless we remain faithful until the end, we will not receive salvation.  By the same token, if we repent just before we die and accept the Lord Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, then we will enter into heaven through the pearly gates.  Being that we do not know when we are going to breathe for the last time, it is important for us to receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior as soon as possible. Have you already done that?  If you have not, it would be wise for you to start thinking about it.

EZEQUIEL 18:26-28 (20 de Octubre 2016)

“Cuando el justo se aparta de la justicia, cae en la maldad y muere, ¡pero muere por su maldad! Por otra parte, si el malvado se aleja de su maldad y practica el derecho y la justicia, salvará su vida.  Si recapacita y se aparta de todas sus maldades, no morirá sino que vivirá.”

Dios lo hace muy claro que a menos que permanezcamos fieles hasta el fin, no recibiremos la salvación.  Igualmente, si nos arrepentimos y recibimos a Jesucristo como nuestro Señor y Salvador o Redentor poquito antes de morir, entonces entraremos al cielo por los portales de perla.  Siendo que ninguno de nosotros sabe cuándo va a respirar por su ultima vez,  es importantísimo que recibamos a Jesucristo en nuestro corazón como nuestro Señor y Salvador

lo más pronto posible.  ¿Ya lo has hecho?  Si no lo has hecho, es muy conveniente que lo hagas sin pensarlo dos veces.

JOSHUA 1:9 (October 13, 2016)

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

God told this to Joshua, but it applies to us if we are His children.  To be His children we have to accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.  He is the way, the truth and the life (John 14:6), and no one comes to the Father or to salvation in any other way, other than through Him.

JOSUÉ 1:9 (13 de Octubre 2013)

“Mira que te mando que te esfuerces y seas valiente; no temas ni desmayes, porque Jehová tu Dios estará contigo en dondequiera que vayas.”

Dios le dijo eso a Josué, pero es válido para nosotros también si somos sus hijos.  Para ser parte de su familia tenemos que recibir a Jesucristo como nuestro Señor y Salvador.  Él es el camino, la verdad, y la vida (Juan 14:6), y nadie viene al Padre o recibe salvación en ninguna otra manera, sino por él.

EZEKIEL 33:20 (September 6, 2016)

“Yet you say, ‘The way of the Lord is not fair.’ O house of Israel, I will judge every one of you according to his own ways.”

On Judgment Day God will judge every single sinner for his sinful ways.  Catholics, guess what? There is no Purgatory, so you will go straight to hell if you haven’t received Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.  That also goes for any person who has a religion, but does not have a relationship with Jesus Christ.  Other than Jesus Christ nobody can save you.

EZEQUIEL 33:20 (6 de Septiembre 2016)

“Y dijeron: No es recto el camino del Señor. Yo los juzgaré, oh casa de Israel, a cada uno conforme a sus caminos.”

En el Día del Juicio Dios juzgará a cada pecador por sus caminos pecaminosos.  ¿Católicos, saben qué? No existe el Purgatorio.  Así es que irán directamente al infierno a menos que hayan recibido a Jesucristo como su Señor y Salvador.  Eso también le aplica a todo religioso que no tenga una relación personal con Jesucristo.  Aparte de Jesucristo nadie ni nada te puede dar salvación

1 PETER 2:15 (September 29, 2016)

“For this is the will of God, that by doing good you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men.” Our duty as Christians is to do good wherever we may be.  For us to do good is not contingent on what the others may be doing. We obey God, not society.

1PEDRO 2:15 (29 de Septiembre 2016)

“Porque esta  es la voluntad de Dios: que haciendo bien, hagan callar la ignorancia de los hombres vanos.” Nuestro deber como cristianos es de hacer el bien dondequiera que estemos.  Que hagamos el bien no depende en lo que estén haciendo

JEREMIAH 30:22 (September 22, 2016)

“You shall be My people, and I will be your God.” This is what God was telling the Israelites, but in essence He is telling us the same thing.  We can be His people by receiving Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.  There is no other way to get to heaven, but through Jesus Christ (John 14:6).

JEREMÍAS 30:22 (22 de Septiembre 2016)

“Me serán por pueblo, y yo seré su Dios.” Dios le estaba hablando al pueblo israelita, pero en esencia es para nosotros también.  Podemos ser sus hijos si recibimos a Jesucristo como nuestro Señor y Salvador.  No existe otra manera de llegar al cielo (Juan 14:6).

DON’T LOOK AT YOUR CIRCUMSTANCES (September 22, 2016)

Your circumstances may be bad or even horrible.  Do not be frightened by them. As with everything else, they too will pass.  Do not live in the past; instead make plans for a brighter future.  Don’t dwell on what you’ve lost, but rather on what you are gaining. If you are down, don’t feel sorry for yourself – get up! Do not yearn for what you don’t have – enjoy what you do have! Don’t compare yourself to others, t Escribe al ángel de la iglesia en Filadelfia: Esto dice el Santo, el Verdadero, el que tiene la llave de David, el que abre y ninguno cierra, y cierra y ninguno abre: o something and not even to yourself.  You are unique and if you draw close to God, He in turn will draw close to you.

 NO MIRES TUS CIRCUNSTANCIAS (22 de Septiembre 2016)

Tus circunstancias pueden ser malas o hasta horribles. No permitas que te asusten. Como con todo lo demás, éstas también pasarán. No vivas en el pasado; en vez de eso haz buenos planes para tu futuro. No pienses en lo que perdiste, sino en lo que estás ganando. Si estás caído, no te tengas lástima – ¡Levántate! No anheles lo que no tengas – ¡Disfruta lo que tienes! No te compares con otros, con otras cosas ni contigo mismo. Eres único, y si te acercas a Dios, él se acercará a ti.

JEREMIAH 29:13-14 (September 8, 2016)

“And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.  I will be found by you, says the Lord, and I will bring you back from your captivity; I will gather you from all the nations and from all the places where I have driven you, says the Lord, and I will bring you to the place from which I cause you to be carried away captive.”

God was talking to “His chosen people,” which of course are the Israelites – the Jews.  However, since He is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8) and since He does not discriminate or believes in favoritism (Romans 2:11), that applies to us.  All we have to do search for Him with all our heart (Jeremiah 29:13 and Matthew 6:33). If you draw closer to God, He will draw closer to you.

JEREMÍAS 29:13-14 (8 de Septiembre 2016)

 “y me buscarán y me hallarán, porque me buscarán de todo su corazón.  Y seré hallado por ustedes, dice Jehová, y haré volver su cautividad, y los reuniré de todas las naciones y de todos los lugares adonde los arrojé, dice Jehová; y los haré volver al lugar de donde los hice llevar.”

Dios le hablaba a su pueblo escogido – los israelitas.  Siendo que él es igual ayer, hoy y por siempre (Hebreos 13:8), y porque no discrimina ni enseña favoritismo (Romanos 2:11), eso nos aplica a nosotros también.  Todo lo que tenemos que hacer es buscarlo de todo corazón (Jeremías 29:13 y Mateo 6:33).  Si te acercas a Dios, él se acercará a ti.

MATTHEW 6:33 (September 1, 2016)

“But seek you first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”

These are the words of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Maybe not to pastors, but to me it is the most important scripture in the Bible.  If you do not seek first the kingdom of God, three things will happen, you do not have salvation, which means you will spend eternity in the lake of fire, God will not answer your prayers and you will not receive any of God’s blessings.

MATEO 6:33 (Primero de Septiembre 2016)

 Mas busquen primeramente el reino de Dios y su justicia, y todas estas cosas se les serán añadidas.”

Estas palabras son de nuestro Señor Jesucristo.  Tal vez no sea para los pastores, pero para mí esta escritura es la más importante en toda la biblia.  Si no buscas primeramente el reino de Dios, tres cosas te sucederán:  No tendrás salvación lo que significa que pasarás la eternidad en el lago de fuego, Dios no oirá tus oraciones, y no recibirás las bendiciones de Dios.

ISAIAH 41:10 (August 25, 2016)

“Fear not, for I am with you;  be not dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you.  Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”

If you are going through difficult times, draw near to God and He will draw near to you (James 4:8). He can definitely help you, but you must do the following:  1. Receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. 2. Believe with blind faith.  3. Pray to God in the name of Jesus.  4.  Expect the miracle.  5. Thank God even before He answers your prayer.

ISAÍAS 41:10 (25 de Agosto 2016)

“No temas, que yo soy contigo; no desmayes,  que yo soy tu Dios que te esfuerzo: siempre te ayudaré, siempre te sustentaré con la diestra de mi justicia.”

Si estás atravesando por tiempos difíciles, acércate a Dios y él se acercará a ti (Santiago 4:8).  Él puede ayudarte a solucionar tus problemas, pero tienes que hacer lo siguiente:  1. Recibir a Jesucristo como tu Señor y Salvador. 2. Creer con una fe ciega. 3. Orarle a Dios Padre en el nombre de Jesucristo. 4. Esperar el milagro.  5.  Darle gracias a Dios antes que te responda tu petición.

EZEKIEL 18:32 (August 18, 2016)

“For I have no pleasure in the death of one who dies,” says the Lord, “Therefore turn and live!”

God is not talking about a physical death, but rather about a spiritual death.  He is referring to people who have no salvation.  That is anybody who has not received Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior.  God’s will and His wish is for every unbeliever to repent, come to Him, and receive Jesus Christ as his Lord and Redeemer, so he can be saved. Could that be you?

EZEQUIEL 18:32 (18 de Agosto 2016)

Porque no me da placer en la muerte del que muere, dice Jehová el Señor; conviértase, pues, y vivirá.” Dios no habla de una muerte física, sino de la muerte espiritual.  Se refiere a la gente que está alejada de Dios y no tiene salvación.  Esa es cualquier persona que jamás haya recibido a Jesucristo como su Señor y Salvador.  La voluntad y el deseo de Dios es que todo incrédulo se arrepienta, venga a él, y que reciba a Jesucristo como su Señor y Redentor para que tenga salvación.  ¿Esa persona, serás tú?

LUKE 12:34  (August 11, 2016)

“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

Where is your treasure? Is it in possessions? Is it in money?   Is it in playing or watching sports? Is it in partying?  Is it in being popular?  Is it in philosophy or religion?  Is it in your family? On what do you spend your money and most of your time?  Whatever that may be that’s where your heart is.

If you have taken a detour, turn to Jesus.  Make Him your treasure.  If you do that, you will make treasures in heaven, and He will save your soul.  Your soul is the real you, the eternal you, the one that will live forever.  Will you spend eternity with God or with the devil in the lake of fire?  You have the solution in your hands.

LUCAS 12:34  (11 de Agosto 2016)

“Porque donde está tu tesoro, allí también estará tu corazón.”

¿Dónde está tu tesoro? ¿Está en tu dinero? ¿Está en tus posesiones? ¿Está en los deportes? ¿Son las fiestas? ¿Es buscando la popularidad? ¿Está en tu filosofía o religión? ¿Está en tu familia? ¿En qué gastas tu dinero y la mayoría de tu tiempo? Sea en lo que sea, ese es tu Dios y allí está tu corazón y tu tesoro.

Si te has desviado, dobla hacia Jesucristo. Que él sea tu tesoro.  Si haces eso, harás tesoros en el cielo, y Dios salvará tu alma. Tu alma es el verdadero tú, el eterno tú, el que vivirá eternamente.

¿Pasarás la eternidad con Dios o con el diablo en el lago de fuego? La solución está en tus manos.

MATTHEW 6:19-21 (August 4, 2016)

“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal;  but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

People lose their health, their families, their friends and sometimes other things in order to earn more money. Yet, when everything is said and done, they can’t take anything with them.  The only treasures that are lasting are the ones we lay up for ourselves in heaven.  That is when we bring people to the Lord and when we do God’s will here on this earth.

Are you making treasures in heaven?  If you are not, you may not even get there.  The only way to heaven is through Jesus (John 14:6).

MATEO 6:19-21 (4 de Agosto 2016)

 No se hagan tesoros en la tierra, donde la polilla y el orín corrompen, y donde ladrones minan y hurtan;  sino hagan tesoros en el cielo, donde ni la polilla ni el orín corrompen, y donde ladrones no minan ni hurtan. Porque donde esté su tesoro, allí estará también su corazón.”

Mucha gente pierde su salud, su familia, sus amigos, y hasta otras cosas para ganar más dinero. Sin embargo, cuando todo se haya dicho y cuando todo se haya hecho, no se pueden llevar nada al otro mundo.  Los únicos tesoros que permanecen son los que nos hacemos en el cielo. Eso es cuando traemos gente a la salvación o cuando hacemos la voluntad de Dios, no la nuestra.

¿Dónde estás haciendo tus tesoros? Si no los estás haciendo en el cielo, tal vez ni llegues ahí. La única manera de arribar al cielo es por medio de Jesucristo (Juan 14:6).

COLOSSIANS 1:15-19 (July 28, 2016)

“He (Jesus) is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.  For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.  And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.  And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.”

In case you have not read the Bible, have not been to a born-again Christian church, belong to a false religion, are an atheist or an agnostic this scripture makes it very clear to you that Jesus Christ is the Creator, the Living God and the only one who can give you salvation.

COLOSENSES 1:15-19 (28 de Julio 2016)

 El (Jesucristo) es la imagen del Dios invisible, el primogénito de toda creación. Porque en él fueron creadas todas las cosas, las que hay en los cielos y las que hay en la tierra, visibles e invisibles; sean tronos, sean dominios, sean principados, sean potestades; todo fue creado por medio de él y para él. Y él es antes de todas las cosas, y todas las cosas en él subsisten;  y él es la cabeza del cuerpo que es la iglesia, él que es el principio, el primogénito de entre los muertos, para que en todo tenga la preeminencia; por cuanto agradó al Padre que en él habitase toda plenitud.”

En caso que no hayas leído la biblia, no hayas asistido a una iglesia cristiana, que pertenezcas a una religión falsa, o que seas ateo esta escritura te lo hace bastante claro que Jesucristo es el Creador, Dios Viviente, y el único bajo quien puedas tener salvación.

JAMES 1:19-21 (July 21, 2016)

“So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God. Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.”

We should definitely take this advice from James, the half-brother of Jesus.  He was a son of the virgin Mary and Joseph.  Basically, he tells us to listen carefully before speaking, to think before we speak, not to get mad without knowing all the facts, and to live by the word of God.  Wouldn’t this world be so much better off if all of us were to do that?

SANTIAGO 1:19-21 (21 de Julio 2016)

“Por esto, mis amados hermanos, todo hombre sea pronto para oír, tardo para hablar, tardo para airarse; porque la ira del hombre no obra la justicia de Dios. Por lo cual, desechando toda inmundicia y abundancia de malicia, reciban con mansedumbre la palabra implantada, la cual puede salvar sus almas.”

Debemos seguir el consejo de Santiago, el medio hermano de Jesucristo.  Él era hijo de la virgen María y de San José. Básicamente, nos dice que escuchemos cuidadosamente antes de hablar, que pensemos antes de hablar, que no nos enojemos antes de saber todos los datos, y que vivamos conforme la palabra de Dios.  ¿No piensas que este mundo estaría mucho mejor si todos hiciéramos eso?

2 TIMOTHY 3:1-5 (July 14, 2016)

“But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good,  traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,  having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!”

Unfortunately we are living in those days mentioned by the apostle Paul.  He described the American society down to the last detail.  Because we have forsaken God, we have suffered, we are suffering, and will continue to suffer the consequences from now on.  Our only way of escape is to turn back to God, but I just don’t think that is going to happen.  We have gone too far to turn back!

2 TIMOTEO 3:1-5 (14 de Julio 2016)

“También debes saber esto: que en los postreros días vendrán tiempos peligrosos. Porque habrá hombres amadores de sí mismos, avaros, vanagloriosos, soberbios, blasfemos, desobedientes a los padres, ingratos, impíos, sin afecto natural, implacables, calumniadores, intemperantes, crueles, aborrecedores de lo bueno, traidores, impetuosos, infatuados, amadores de los deleites más que de Dios, que tendrán apariencia de piedad, pero negarán la eficacia de ella; a éstos evita.”

Desafortunadamente estamos viviendo en esos tiempos que menciona el apóstol Pablo.  Describió la sociedad estadounidense perfectamente hasta el último detalle. Porque nos hemos alejado de Dios, hemos sufrido, estamos sufriendo, y continuaremos sufriendo las malas consecuencias de esa decisión.  Nuestro único escape es regresar a Dios, pero yo no pienso que eso sucederá. Vamos alejándonos de él más y más dando pasos gigantescos.

LUKE 12:4-5 (July 7, 2016)

“And I say to you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do.  But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear Him who, after He has killed, has power to cast into hell; yes, I say to you, fear Him!”

These words would not really affect us if they were spoken in vain, or if they had been spoken by a regular human being.  However they were spoken by Jesus Christ Himself.  There is truth and power behind them.  Fear God because He not only has the power to kill you physically, but also to condemn you to spend eternity in the lake of fire.

LUCAS 12:4-5 (7 de Julio 2016)

 Mas les digo, amigos míos: No teman a los que matan el cuerpo, y después nada más pueden hacer. Pero les enseñaré a quién deben temer: Teman a aquel que después de haber quitado la vida, tiene poder de echar en el infierno; sí, les digo, a éste teman.”

Estas palabras no nos afectarían si hubieran sido habladas en vano, o si las hubiera dicho un hombre cualquiera.  Sin embargo el que las dijo fue nuestro Señor y Salvador Jesucristo.  Son respaldadas por  verdad y poder.  Teme a Dios, porque él tiene poder para quitarte la vida física, y para condenarte al infierno y al lago de fuego por siempre.

1 CORINTHIANS 15:33

“Do not be deceived: “Evil company corrupts good habits.”

In other words, bad people and the ones in sin will bring you down to their level.  You should not even associate with them.  There is a saying that says:  “You are judged by the company you keep.” Be very careful as to who you bring into your inner circle of friends.

1 CORINTIOS 15:33

 No se dejen engañar:  Las malas compañías corrompen  las buenas costumbres.”

En otras palabras, la gente mala y los pecadores te bajan a su nivel.  Ni siquiera debes asociarte con ellos.  Hay un dicho que dice:  “Dime con quién andas, y te diré quién eres.” Ten mucho cuidado con quien haces amistades.

1 CORINTHIANS 10:12-13 (June 23, 2016)

“Wherefore let him that thinks he stands take heed lest he fall. There has no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that you are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that you may be able to bear it.”

God does not give us more than we can handle.  People use their problems as an excuse to  turn to violence, drinking, drugs or something else that may be illicit, immoral or illegal.  No, the devil did not make them do it.  They did it of their own free will. In the seventies there used to be a comedian – Flip Wilson – who used to say, “The devil made me do it.”  It was funny, but it wasn’t true.

1 CORINTIOS 10:12-13 (23 de Junio 2016)

“Así que, el que piensa estar firme, mire que no caiga.  No le ha sobrevenido ninguna tentación que no sea humana; pero fiel es Dios, que no los dejará ser tentados más de lo que pueden resistir, sino que dará también juntamente con la tentación la salida, para que puedan soportar.”

Dios no nos da más de lo que podemos soportar. La gente usa sus problemas de excusa para ser violenta, beber bebidas alcohólicas, consumir drogas, o participar en algo que sea ilícito, ilegal o inmoral. No, el diablo no los forzó que lo hicieran.  Lo hicieron por su propia voluntad.  En los setentas había un comediante – Flip Wilson – quien decía, “El diablo me forzó hacerlo.” Era chistoso, pero no era la verdad.

ROMANS 2:5-6 (June 16, 2016)

“But in accordance with your hardness and your impenitent heart you are treasuring up for yourself wrath in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God, who “will render to each one according to his deeds”

All of us sin and therefore every one of us deserves to be punished in the lake of fire eternally. Jesus with His suffering, blood and death paid for our sins making a way for us to escape that horrible fate. However that escape is not an automatic one.  If we want to escape that punishment, we have to accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.  Will you do that?

ROMANOS 2:5-6 (16 de Junio 2016)

 Pero por tu dureza y por tu corazón no arrepentido, atesoras para ti mismo ira para el día de la ira y de la revelación del justo juicio de Dios,  el cual pagará a cada uno conforme a sus obras.”

Todos pecamos y por eso cada uno de nosotros merece ser castigado eternamente en el lago de fuego.  Para que no tengamos que ser condenados eternamente, Jesucristo sufrió, vertió su sangre y dio su vida.  Sin embargo, nuestro escape del lago de fuego no es automático. Sólo se cumple si recibimos a Jesucristo como nuestro Señor y Salvador.  ¿Lo harás?

JEREMIAH 30:22 (June 9, 2016)

“You shall be My people, And I will be your God.”

Of course God was telling this to the Jewish people, but since He is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8) and since He does not show favoritism (Romans 2:11 and Acts 10:34), that applies to you as well. If you are not a Christian, your first step is to receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.  Once you do that, you will be His son or daughter.

JEREMÍAS 30:22 (9 de Junio 2016)

“Ustedes serán mi pueblo, y yo seré su Dios.”

Claro que Dios les dijo eso a los judíos, pero como él es igual ayer, hoy, y por siempre (Hebreos 13:8) y siendo que no demuestra favoritismo (Romanos 2:11 y Hechos 10:34), eso también es para ti.  Solamente puedes clamarlo si eres cristiano, pero si no lo eres,  puedes hacerlo si recibes a Jesucristo como tu Señor y Salvador.  Ya que hayas hecho eso, te conviertes en hijo o hija de Dios.

AMOS 4:13 (June 2, 2016)

“For behold, He who forms mountains, and creates the wind, Who declares to man what his thought is, and makes the morning darkness, Who treads the high places of the earth—the Lord God of hosts is His name.”

God informed His people through prophets in the Old Testament, and since He is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8), He still uses prophets and normal people to let them know what is coming.

Since God sees and knows everything,  knows the end from the beginning, and knows what will happen before it happens, it would be wise for you to consult Him through prayer before making any major decisions.

AMÓS 4:13 (2 de Junio 2016)

“Porque he aquí,  el que forma los montes, y crea el viento, y denuncia al hombre su pensamiento; el que hace a las tinieblas mañana,  y pasa sobre las alturas de la tierra; Jehová, Dios de los ejércitos, es su nombre.”

En el Viejo Testamento, Dios informaba a la gente por medio de profetas, y siendo que él es igual ayer, hoy, y por siempre (Hebreos 13:8), todavía nos dice lo que está por venir por medio de profetas y de gente común y corriente.

Siendo que Dios ve y sabe todo, sabe el final desde el comienzo, y sabe lo que sucederá antes de que ocurra, nos conviene que por medio de oración nos comuniquemos con él antes de tomar cualquier decisión de importancia.

EZEKIEL 22:30 (May 26, 2016)

“So I sought for a man among them who would make a wall, and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found no one.”

When sin becomes rampant, God judges a people or a land.  Since He does not really want to destroy men or a land, He is looking for people to pray against His judgment, and He will relent.  God wants you to pray for yourself, your family,  friends,  city, county, state, country, Israel and even the world.  He is asking you to stand in the gap for them.  Will you do it?

EZEQUIEL 22:30 (26 de Mayo 2016)

“Y (Yo Dios) busqué entre ellos hombre que hiciera un muro y que se pusiera en la brecha delante de mí, a favor de la tierra, para que yo no la destruyera; y no lo hallé.”

Cuando el pecado llega a tal punto, Dios juzga a la gente y a su territorio.  Siendo que él es amor, no desea destruir al hombre ni a su tierra, y por eso busca personas que oren para que no imponga su juicio. Dios quiere que tú ores por ti, tu familia, amigos, ciudad, condado, estado, país, Israel y hasta por el mundo.  Desea que te pongas en la brecha para que le pidas que tenga misericordia con los pecadores.  ¿Lo harás?

EZEKIEL 18:4 and 18:20 respectively – May 19, 2016

“Behold, all souls are Mine (says God);The soul of the father as well as the soul of the son is Mine; The soul who sins shall die.” “The soul who sins shall die. The son shall not bear the guilt of the father, nor the father bear the guilt of the son. The righteousness of the righteous shall be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon himself.”

The points are: 1. All souls belong to God. 2. Every person is judged separately. 3. The soul who sins shall die, unless he repents, asks God to forgive him and receives Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior.

When God says, “The soul who sins shall die,” He means that the person will spend eternity cut off from Him suffering in the lake of fire.

EZEQUIEL 18:4 Y 18:20 respectivamente – 19 de Mayo 2016

“He aquí que todas las almas son mías (dice Dios); como el alma del padre, así el alma del hijo es mía; el alma que pecare, esa morirá.” “ El alma que pecare, esa morirá; el hijo no llevará el pecado del padre, ni el padre llevará el pecado del hijo; la justicia del justo será sobre él, y la impiedad del impío será sobre él.”

Los puntos son: 1. Todas las almas le pertenecen a Dios. 2. Dios nos va a juzgar separadamente.

3. El alma que peque morirá, a menos que se arrepienta, le pida perdón a Dios, y reciba a Jesucristo como su Señor y Salvador.

Cuando Dios dice, “El alma que peque morirá,” significa que esa persona pasará la eternidad separada de Dios sufriendo en el lago de fuego.

JEREMIAH 29:11 (May 12, 2016)

For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope.”

If you are going through tough times, know that the Lord Jesus is there with you and wants to help you.  If you have not received Him as your Lord and Savior, do so.  If you are a Christian, but have not prayed to Him, pray to Him and ask Him to help you.  If you are a lukewarm Christian and don’t really believe that He can or that He will help you, change that mentality.

JEREMíAS 29:11 (12 de Mayo 2016)

“Porque yo sé los pensamientos que tengo acerca de ustedes, dice Jehová, pensamientos de paz, y no de mal, para darles el fin que esperan.”

Si estás pasando por tiempos difíciles, debes saber que Jesucristo está contigo y que desea ayudarte.  Si no lo has recibido como tu Señor y Salvador, hazlo lo más pronto posible.  Si eres cristiano, pero no le haz orado a Dios, hazlo y pídele ayuda.  Si eres cristiano, pero has estado tibio, cambia tu mentalidad.

DEUTERONOMY 22:5 (May 5, 2016)

“The woman shall not wear that which pertains unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman’s garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the Lord thy God.”

This scripture seems to be extremely clear; yet there are many people in our country – the United States of America – and in many others in the world who, for one reason or another, either do not comprehend it, or simply choose to ignore it.

There will be no confusion when they pass from this world to the next one.  God will hold them accountable not only for every word that they speak (Matthew 12:36), but also for everything they do. They may be politically and socially-correct here, but they will be divinely-incorrect with God.

Something to think about:  It is better to be divinely-correct and politically-incorrect on this life than to be politically-correct and divinely-incorrect because in hell and in the lake of fire there is no social or political-correctness.

ROMANS 8:31 (April 28, 2016)

“What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?”

What it really means is that if God is on our side, no matter who or what comes against us, we will come up on top. However if you are not a born-again Christian – John 3:3 – God will not help you, because you are not His child. Solution:  become His child by receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.

MALACHI 3:10 – April 21, 2016

“Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house, and try Me now in this,” says the Lord of hosts, “If I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it.”

God is telling us here that if we tithe – give 10% to the church – He will pour out His blessings on us.  Many people are not blessed simply because they don’t read the Bible, don’t go to a born-again Christian church and do not tithe.  Other blessings come to us when we pray for the peace, the safety and the wellbeing of Jerusalem, Israel and the Jewish people – His chosen people.

ISAIAH 60:12 (April 14, 2016)

For the nation and kingdom which will not serve you (Israel) shall perish, and those nations shall be utterly ruined.”

This is God’s word to Israel, but it also affects every country in the world – including the United States of America.  Many nations who have come against Israel have lost their prominence.  Some of them are England, Spain, Rome, Germany and quite a few others.  President Obama seems to be the first American President who does not like Israel.  Consequently our country has gone through a series of misfortunes, which will continue and even get worse as we shun Israel. 

Whether the world likes it or not, the Jewish people have been chosen by God.  God has a covenant with them, and they have a covenant with God. 

PROVERB 23:7 (April 8, 2016)

“For as he thinks in his heart, so is he…” This should be extremely meaningful to you.  You are what you think you are; nothing more, nothing less.  If you think you are a loser, guess what? You are one.  If you think you can do something, no matter how difficult it may be, guess what?

You will be able to do it.  It’s all in your mind.  What your mind can conceive you can do. 

Don’t sell yourself short.  Make your dreams become a reality.  In the Bible Jesus says that everything is possible for him who believes (Mark 9:23). If you become the one who believes, you will succeed.  Good luck!

JEREMIAH 1:12 (March 31, 2016)

In Jeremiah 1:12, God says:  “Then the Lord said to me (the prophet Jeremiah), “You have seen well, for I am ready to perform My word.” Then in Isaiah 55:11, God says:  “So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth;  It shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish  what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.” In John 14:13-14, Jesus said:  “And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name (Jesus Christ), I will do it.”

You can clearly see through these scriptures that God Himself makes sure that His word is fulfilled. What does this mean to us?  That whatever we ask the Father, in the name of Jesus, if it is according to His will, He will do it for us. 

MATTHEW 21:22 (March 24, 2016)

 And all things, whatsoever you shall ask in prayer, believing, you shall receive.”

There are a few factors that are not mentioned that I will mention, so that you will be clear as to how it really works.  1.  You must be a Christian – have received Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.  2. You must ask Father God in the name of Jesus.  3. Whatever it is you are asking God to do for you must be in His will.  4.  You must have faith – you must truly believe that God is going to do it. 5. You should thank God for the miracle even before He does it. 

JEREMIAH 1:5 (March 17, 2016)

“Before I (God) formed you in the womb I knew you; before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.”

This is what God said to the prophet Jeremiah, but since God is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8), and since He does not play favorites (Romans 2:11 and Acts 10:34), He is telling you the same thing.  If you have not embraced Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, do it now. 

ISAIAH 59:2 (February 25, 2016)

“But your iniquities have separated you from your God; and your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear.”

Things are going bad for our country – the United States of America – and now hopefully you know why.  Things may be going bad for you, and, if you want to change them, the solution is –  get close to God.

 

DIVINE THOUGHTS 3

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THERE IS ONLY ONE GOD

There  is only  one  Omnipotent entity

and that’s  the one that brought  forth  heaven and earth.

There’s only one undisputable Creator

and that’s the one that created Adam and Eve from dust.

There is only one  really  true Messiah

and that is the one  who  chose Israel as His own  people.

There  is only one kinsman Redeemer

and that is  the one  who  redeems us  from all  our sins.

There’s only one Son of the Living God

and that is Jesus Christ who was born to the virgin Mary.

There is only one Lord over everything

and that is Jesus who was given that power by His Father.

There is  only one  Savior  of  mankind

and that’s the man who the Father raised from the dead.

There’s only one name above all others

and that is the name of Jesus the Son of the Living God.

There’s only one name that can save us

and that, of course, is the name of Jesus the Risen King.

There is only one intercessor in heaven

and  that  task  belongs  to  Jesus  our  Lord  and  Savior

There is only one way to get to heaven

and  that  way  can only  be  through  the Lamb of  God. 

SOLAMENTE HAY UN DIOS

Solamente hay una entidad omnipotente

y esa es la que fundó los cielos y  nuestro planeta.

Solamente  hay  un  creador  indiscutible

y  él  es el que creó  a los dos  primeros  seres humanos.

Solamente  hay  un  verdadero   Mesías

y él fue el que escogió a  Israel para ser su pueblo escogido.

Solamente  hay  un  pariente   redentor

y él es el que nos  puede redimir de  todos  nuestros pecados.

Dios solamente tiene un hijo verdadero

Y ése  es Jesús quien nació  de una virgen y del Espíritu  Santo.

Solamente  hay  un  Señor  sobre  todo

y ese es Jesucristo a quien el padre le dio poder sobre todo.

Sólo  hay  un  redentor  para  nosotros

y a ese redentor Dios lo resucitó  de entre  los muertos.

Hay  un  nombre  sobre  todo  nombre

y ese nombre es Jesucristo el hijo del Dios Viviente.

sólo existe un nombre para ser salvos

y ese nombre es  Jesús el  Dios  quien  resucitó.

Sólo habita  un intercesor  en  el cielo

y ese intercesor es nuestro Señor Jesucristo.

Sólo hay una manera de llegar al cielo

y ese camino es nuestro Señor Jesús.

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WHO TAUGHT THE FISH TO SWIM?

Who taught the birds to make nests?

No   human  taught  them.

God gave them that ability.

Who taught the sea animals to swim?

Not a swimming instructor.

God created them that way.

Who gave  the  lions hunting  lessons?

There are no classes for lions.

They  do it  by godly  instinct.

Who instructed  the snakes  to slither?

They do it by natural  instinct.

God created  them to  slither.

Who gave the eagles flying instructions?

They didn’t take flying lessons.

Jesus prepares  them  to soar.

Who taught  the ants  to store up food?

It  was  not any  encyclopedia,

not the internet,  but God did.

Who  taught  the  mammals  to   mate?

They  did not  see a sex  movie.

God created them to reproduce.

Who empowers the sun to give us light?

It simply cannot empower itself,

but Jesus Christ does empower it.

Who taught the  earth to stay in orbit?

Somebody  had  to  put it there.

 Christ the Creator placed it there.

Who holds the oceans in  their limits?

Their limits not planned by men.

God  holds  them  in their  place.

Who  gave  man  his  thinking  ability?

It did not come from a big bang,

evolution,  but from our Creator.

Who can bless man with eternal life?

It is not  karma  or  good  works.

Jesus is the only  way  to heaven.

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¿QUIÉN LES ENSEÑÓ A LOS PECES A NADAR?

¿Quién les enseñó a las aves como  hacer sus nidos?

No fue ningún ser humano.

Dios les dio esa habilidad.

¿Quién les enseñó a los animales marinos a nadar?

No  tuvieron   instructor.

Así  los creó  el Creador.

¿Quién pudo darles lecciones de cazar a los leones?

No hay clases para ellos.

Lo  hacen   por  instinto.

¿Quién les dijo a las serpientes que se arrastraran?

Lo hacen por necesidad.

Dios  no   les  dio   patas.

¿Quién les dio instrucciones de vuelo a las águilas?

No necesitan tomarlas.

Dios ya las preparó así.

¿Quién les enseña a las hormigas almacenar comida?

No fue  la enciclopedia,

Sino  nuestro  Creador.

¿Quién les enseña a los mamíferos que se apareen?

No ven películas de sexo,

pero deben reproducir.

¿Quién  le  da poder al  sol  para que nos dé  su luz?

Por sí mismo no puede,

pero sí  por  Jesucristo.

¿Quién le ayuda al planeta permanecer en órbita?

Alguien tiene que sostenerlo.

Jesús  el Creador  lo  sostiene.

¿Quién  pone límites a las aguas de los océanos?

Los  hombres no  pueden hacerlo.

Dios  decide   hasta  donde llegarán.

¿Quién le da al hombre la habilidad de pensar?

No viene de un trueno ni de la evolución,

sino de nuestro Señor y Salvador Jesucristo.

¿Quién  bendice  al  hombre  con  vida eterna?

La religión y  las buenas obras no pueden hacerlo,

porque Cristo  es  la única manera de llegar al cielo.

BECAUSE OF GOD’S LOVE FOR US

Jesus  did  not  have  to  come  to  this life.

He  came  became  of   His  love  for   us.

Jesus  did  not  have  to suffer humility.

He suffered because of His love for us.

Jesus did not have to die as a human.

He died  because of  His love for  us.

Jesus did not resurrect as a mortal.

He resurrected as the Son of God.

POR EL AMOR QUE DIOS NOS TIENE

Jesucristo no tenía que venir a la tierra.

Vino  por  el  amor  que  él  nos  tiene.

Jesús  no  tenía  que  sufrir  humildad.

Sufrió  por  el  amor  que  nos  tiene.

El no tenia que morir como mortal.

Murió por el  amor que nos tiene.

Jesús no resucitó  como humano.

Resucitó  como  el hijo  de Dios.

RECEIVING GOD’S LOVE

Allow God’s love to flow through you

and you will love others.

Ask  God  to  bless  you  abundantly

so you  may bless others.

Open your mind to the light of God

so  you  will  not stumble.

Let God’s righteousness invade you

so you may live accordingly.

Because God has compassion for you

have compassion for others.

Receive God’s forgiveness for your sins

and forgive your adversaries.

Confess your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ

and your soul will live forever.

RECIBE EL AMOR DE DIOS

Permite que el amor de Dios fluya en ti

para  que  ames  a  tu prójimo.

Pídele  a  Dios que te dé  en  abundancia

para  que tú  bendigas  a otros.

Ábrele  la  mente a  la luz divina de  Dios

para que ella ilumine tu camino.

Que  invada tu  mente  la justicia de  Dios

para  que  vivas  correctamente.

Siendo que Dios tiene compasión contigo

sé  compasivo  con  los   demás.

Recibe el perdón de Dios por tus pecados

y   tú  perdona a  tus  ofensores.

Debes confesar tu fe en el Señor Jesucristo

y  tu   alma  tendrá vida eterna.

GOD WANTS YOU TO BE WEALTHY

Yes,  God wants you to be wealthy

with love flowing out of you.

He  sincerely   wants  you  to be rich

in righteousness toward others.

His desire  is for you to truly abound

in  forgiveness  for other people.

He  sincerely   wants   you  to   excel

in  kindness  and  tenderness.

His  most  cherished  desire  for  you

is to overflow you with peace.

He  constantly  wants  to enrich  you

with wonderful  relationships.

He wants to  fill your cup spiritually

with  His  blessed  Holy  Spirit.

The Lord wants you  to  experience

eternity with  Him  in heaven.

DIOS DESEA QUE SEAS RICO

Dios desea que seas rico

con amor  hacia  otras personas.

Él desea que tú abundes

en justicia  hacia  sus  otros hijos.

Desea que sobreabundes

en  el  perdón  hacia  el  prójimo.

El quiere  que  te  exaltes

en amabilidad,  ternura y  cariño.

El anhelo  que más desea

es  que recibas su  paz y armonía.

Desea que te enriquezcas

con varias amistades maravillosas.

Dios Padre desea llenarte

con la presencia del Espíritu Santo.

Jesucristo te pide que pases

toda la eternidad con él en el cielo.

I CAN ONLY IMAGINE

I can only imagine Father God

asking His Son to leave His deity behind.

I can only imagine our Lord

  becoming human,  born to a virgin girl.

I can only imagine our God

suffering and dying on a rugged cross.

I can only imagine my God

dying for my sins and those of others.

I can only imagine our Lord

resurrecting to life on the third day.

I can only imagine people

 running to see Jesus’  empty tomb.

I can  only  imagine Christ

ascending to His heavenly throne.

I can only imagine Jesus

 coming back for the chosen few.

I can only imagine being

    with God our Creator eternally.

SOLAMENTE PUEDO IMAGINAR

Sólo me  puedo  imaginar que  Dios Padre

le pidiera a  su hijo que se  despojara de su deidad.

Sólo puedo imaginarme que nuestro Señor

se convirtiera en humano y que naciera como bebé.

Sólo me puedo imaginar  que nuestro Dios

sufriera y muriera en la cruz como si fuera criminal.

Sólo puedo imaginarme que el hijo de Dios

diera su vida y pagara  por los  pecados del  mundo.

Sólo puedo imaginarme que nuestro Señor

resucitara del sepulcro y de la muerte al tercer día.

Solamente puedo imaginarme a muchos

corriendo para  ver la tumba completamente vacía.

Sólo puedo imaginarme al Señor Jesucristo

ascendiendo  entre  las nubes  a su  trono  celestial.

Sólo puedo imaginarme a nuestro Creador

volviendo a la  tierra  para llevarse  a sus escogidos.

Yo  solamente  me  puedo  imaginar  estar

 con   nuestro  Salvador por los  siglos  de  los  siglos

GOD’S LOVE ENDURES FOREVER

Holy and awesome is the name of Jesus

and His holiness endures forever.

He created the heavens and the earth

and His power  endures forever.

Great are all  the works  of His  hands

and His labor  endures  forever.

He  is  merciful  and  compassionate

and His mercy endures forever.

His  love  for us  is beyond  compare

and that love endures forever.

He  is humble and extremely  meek -

His meekness endures forever.

He is patient and  long in  suffering -

 His  patience  endures  forever.

The name of Jesus is above any name

and His throne endures forever.

EL AMOR DE DIOS ES ETERN0

Santo y sagrado es el nombre de Jesús -

su santidad viene del Padre.

Él creó todo lo que ha existido y existirá

y su creatividad es  eterna.

Grande es todo el trabajo de sus manos

y su obra  no ha terminado.

Tiene mucha misericordia y compasión

y su misericordia es eterna.

El amor que nos tiene es incomparable

y nos amará eternamente.

Es extremadamente humilde y manso

y su  humildad  es  eterna.

Es muy paciente, ha sufrido demasiado

y su  paciencia  es  eterna.

Su nombre es  sobre todo otro  nombre

y su  reino  no  tendrá  fin.

I WISH YOU THE VERY BEST

I wish you prosperity and much success

but above those two I wish you the blessings of God for you.

I wish  you good  neighbors and  friends

but above those  two I want to wish you true agape love.

I wish you good health and long life too

but above those two I wish  you eternal  life with God.

I wish you much gladness and happiness

but above those  two I wish  you unspeakable joy.

I wish you goodness and righteousness

but above those  two I wish you real  holiness.

I wish  you God’s  peace  and  harmony

but above  all I wish  you  perseverance.

TE DESEO LO MEJOR

Te deseo prosperidad y mucho éxito

pero sobre todo te deseo las bendiciones de Dios.

Te deseo buenos amigos y vecinos

pero sobre esos dos te deseo  un verdadero amor.

Te deseo buena salud y vida larga

pero sobre esas dos te deseo vida eterna con Dios.

Te deseo mucha  alegría y felicidad

pero sobre  todo  te  deseo  regocijo  incomparable.

Te deseo  benevolencia y  rectitud

Pero sobre esas  dos te  deseo verdadera  santidad.

Te deseo la paz y armonía de Dios

pero  sobre esas  deseo que  tengas  perseverancia

 

THROUGH JESUS CHRIST

I expose the lies of the devil

through the word of God in the Bible.

I calm the desires of the flesh

through  the obedience I have  for  God.

I am cleansed from all  my sins

through the blood Jesus shed on the cross.

I will receive blessings from God

through  the  love and mercy  He  has  for me.

I  will  escape  the  sting  of  death

through the resurrection of my Lord Jesus Christ.

I will  spend  eternity with  the Lord

through the grace,  love  and  mercy He has for  me.

POR MEDIO DE JESUCRISTO

Expongo el engaño del diablo

por medio de la palabra  de Dios en la biblia.

Calmo los deseos de la carne

por medio de mi obediencia a Dios mi Padre.

Estoy limpio de todo pecado

por medio de la sangre que Jesucristo vertió.

Recibo bendiciones de Dios

por  el amor y  la misericordia  que me tiene.

Escaparé  el aguijón  mortal

por  medio de  la resurrección  de Jesucristo.

Pasaré la eternidad con Dios

por la gracia y compasión que tiene hacia mí.

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GOD IS WAITING FOR YOU

God is patiently waiting for you to repent.

God is waiting anxiously for you to  accept Him.

God is  waiting  very lovingly for  you  to pray to Him.

God  is waiting expectantly  for you to come home to Him.

God is waiting with open arms in heaven to receive you there.

The pearly gates are  waiting for  you  to go in through hem.

Your loved ones in  heaven are  waiting to  see you soon.

Your mansion in heaven is waiting for you to inhabit it.

Everything  is waiting for  you,  what  will you do?

DIOS ESTÁ ESPERÁNDOTE

Dios está esperando pacientemente para que te arrepientas.

Dios espera ansiosamente para que tú aceptes a su hijo Jesucristo.

Dios está esperando  cariñosamente para que  tú le  ores a él.

Dios está esperando con anticipación  para que tú  te acerques a él.

Dios espera con los brazos abiertos  para recibirte en su reino.

Los portales  del cielo están  abiertos y  preparados para  tu llegada.

Tus seres queridos quienes están en el cielo están esperándote.

La mansión  que Jesucristo ya  te ha  preparado espera ser habitada.

Todo  ya está  listo y  esperándote,  pero  ¿qué  vas a hacer  tú?

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YOU CAN’T TAKE ANYTHING WITH YOU

Wise men will pass away leaving their wisdom behind.

Wealthy people will die leaving their money on earth.

Stars will leave this life leaving their movies for others.

Singers will come to their  end leaving their songs here.

Soldiers will be killed in wars leaving loved ones at home.

Scientists will taste death leaving their knowledge behind.

Unbelief  will  take unbelievers to  their eternal  damnation,

but Christians will be promoted to be present with  the Lord.

NO TE PUEDES LLEVAR NADA

Los sabios morirán

 dejando la sabiduría aquí.

Los ricos se irán a la eternidad

dejando sus riquezas para otros.

Los  actores  pasarán  a  la  otra vida

 dejando sus películas para los cineastas.

Los cantantes se enfrentarán con el Creador

dejando sus canciones para que otros las canten.

Los soldados  serán  abatidos en  batallas y  guerras

 dejando parejas y niños pequeños sufriendo en casa.

Los científicos al llegar al final de sus ilustres vidas

dejan todo su conocimiento en los laboratorios.

Cuando  los incrédulos se  enfrenten a Dios

inmediatamente  los  enviará  al infierno.

Los cristianos dejarán sus cuerpos

para reunirse con Jesucristo

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THAT’S MY GOD

The  god who  created  heavens  and  earth

is the true God.

The same god who created Adam and Eve

is my Creator.

The same god who became a human being

is my Messiah.

The same god who  was tempted by  the devil

Redeems  me.

The same god who suffered, died and resurrected

is  my  Savior.

The same god  who is at  the right hand of  the  Father

is  my  Lord.

The same god who is preparing a mansion for me in heaven

is my provider.

The same god  who will open the  pearly gates  for me in heaven

is Jesus Christ.

ESE ES MI DIOS

El dios quien creó los cielos y la tierra

es mi Dios.

El mismo Dios quien Creó a Adán y a Eva

es mi Creador.

El mismo dios quien se convirtió en humano

es mi Mesías.

El mismo dios quien fue tentado por el demonio

me  redimió.

El mismo dios quien sufrió, murió, y resucito en 3 días

es mi Salvador.

El mismo dios quien está a la diestra del Padre en el cielo

es mi Redentor.

El mismo dios quien está preparándome una mansión eterna

es mi proveedor.

El mismo Dios quien abrirá los portales del cielo cuando yo llegue

es  Jesucristo.

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WHEN YOUR DAYS ARE OVER

When your days are over, can you say…?

I have done God’s will, not mine.

I have run a good race as best I could.

I have made a real difference in this world.

I have fought a good fight with all my strength.

I have lived a good life according to God’s standards.

I have finished the  race and  I am going home to heaven.

CUANDO SE TERMINE TU VIDA

Cuando no tengas más días, ¿podrás decir…?

He hecho la voluntad de Dios, no la mía.

He corrido la carrera  lo mejor que he podido.

He hecho diferencia en las vidas de otras personas.

He peleado  una buena batalla  según  mis  habilidades.

He  vivido  una buena  vida según  los  principios  de mi  Dios.

He terminado la carrera y ahora voy a mi hogar eterno con Jesús

THAT’S NOT ME

The automobile I drive is not me.

That is just my means of transportation.

I am not the house where I dwell.

That keeps  me safe and gives me shelter.

The clothes I may wear are not me.

They are for decency and to keep me warm.

My occupation is definitely not me.

That is  just something I  do  to pay  my  bills.

Actually I am not who people think.

I am  who  God and His word say  that I am.

I am  not even  the body I live in.

That is a shell where my soul and spirit live.

ESE NO SOY YO

El coche que conduzco no soy yo.

Ese simplemente es mi modo de transporte.

Yo no soy la  casa en  la que  vivo.

Solamente  me da  seguridad  y  alojamiento.

La ropa que me pongo no soy yo.

La uso por decencia y protección del tiempo.

Ni siquiera soy mi oficio o trabajo.

Simplemente lo  hago  para  ganarme la vida.

No soy lo que la gente piensa de mí.

Soy el que dice Dios y lo que dice su palabra.

Ni siquiera soy el cuerpo en que vivo.

El cuerpo es solamente la carpa donde vivo.

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THE TRUTH WILL SET YOU FREE

John 8:31-32

The  truth  will  set  you  free  from  the  “Big-Bang Theory.”

Jesus created everything.

The truth will set you free from “Darwin’s Theory of Evolution.”

God created Adam and Eve.

The truth will set you free from there being many roads to heaven.

Jesus is the only way to heaven.

The truth  will set  you free  from  the falsehoods of  many religions.

The Bible  is the true word  of God.

The truth will set you free from all the sins you may have committed.

If  you repent,  God will forgive  you.

The truth will set  you  free from  believing  some crooked evangelists.

The Bible has the truth, not evangelists.

The truth will set you free from the fear of death and of going to hell.

It will point to Jesus as the way to heaven.

The truth, and only the truth of God will open the pearly gates for you.

The Living Word and the Truth is Jesus Christ.

LA VERDAD TE LIBERTARÁ

Juan 8:31-32

La verdad te libertará de “La Teoría de la Gran Explosión.”

Jesucristo creó todo.

La  verdad  te  libertará  de “La Teoría de Evolución” de  Darwin.

Dios creó a Adán y Eva.

La verdad te libertará de la idea que muchos caminos van al cielo.

Jesús  es   el  único  camino.

La verdad  te  libertará  de  las falsedades de  muchas religiones.

La  biblia es la palabra  de Dios.

La verdad  te liberta de  todos los  pecados  que has cometido.

Eso solamente  es si te arrepientes.

La verdad te ayuda a no creerles a todos los evangelistas.

Solamente  la  biblia  tiene  la   verdad.

La  verdad  te libertará  del  temor  de  ir al infierno.

Eso es porque sabrás que vas a ir al cielo..

La  verdad  te  abrirá  los  portales  del  cielo.

La verdad de Dios es Jesucristo.

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WHY DID JESUS COME TO EARTH?

The Son of God came

to do the will of God our Father.

The Lord Jesus came

to restore what had been lost.

The Son of Man came

to show us how to live godly.

The Messiah came

to reconcile us to our Father.

The Redeemer came

to redeem us from our sins.

The Holy One came

to make us holy as He is holy.

Jesus came to earth

to show  us the  path to heaven.

The Savior God came

to save us from this wicked world.

Jesus gave up His life

so we could have life in abundance.

The  morning  star left

to  prepare a place  for us  in  heaven.

Some day very, very soon

the Lord Jesus is coming to take us home.

What I am  saying  to  you  is:

“Will you be ready  when He  comes for you?”

¿POR QUÉ VINO JESUS A LA TIERRA?

El hijo del hombre vino

para hacer la voluntad del Padre.

El Señor Jesucristo vino

para restaurar lo que había perdido.

Dios el Redentor vino

para redimirnos de nuestros  pecados.

El hijo del hombre vino

para enseñarnos como vivir divinamente.

Dios   el  Mesías  vino

para reconciliarnos con nuestro Dios y Padre.

Dios  quien  es  santo

nos dice  que seamos  santos como él es  santo.

Cristo vino al mundo

para enseñarnos el único sendero y camino al cielo.

Dios el Salvador vino

para salvarnos  de este mundo  maligno y pecaminoso.

Jesucristo dio su vida

para que nosotros pudiéramos tener vida en abundancia.

La estrella matutina

volvió  al  cielo para  preparar  nuestra  morada cerca de él.

Muy, pero muy pronto

vendrá  el Señor Jesucristo  para  llevarnos  a  nuestro  hogar.

Lo que te pregunto es:

“¿Estarás  preparado  espiritualmente  cuando él  venga por ti?”

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LORD, HAVE MERCY ON ME

When   time  had  not  actually  begun

the Lord had mercy on me.

When I was still in my mother’s womb

the Lord had mercy on me.

When I was born from Catholic parents

the Lord had mercy on me.

When I  was in  rebellion far  from  God

the Lord had mercy on me.

When the ugly darkness  overtakes me

Lord,  have  mercy  on  me.

When  doubt and  fear invade my  soul

Lord,  have  mercy  on  me.

When I am  lost  in  negative  thoughts

Lord,  have  mercy  on  me.

When  I  knowingly or  unknowingly sin

Lord,   have  mercy on  me.

When I rebel against God’s commands

Lord,  have  mercy  on  me.

When I begin  to judge my  fellow men

Lord,  have  mercy  on  me.

When  my  foolish  pride  exalts   itself

Lord,  have  mercy  on  me.

When I forget  to  praise  You,  my Lord

please have mercy on me.

When  I move  away  from  my  Father

Lord,  have  mercy  on  me.

When I am down and  seem to be out

Lord,  have  mercy  on  me.

When all  the doors  are closed to me

Lord,  have  mercy  on  me.

When  the  devil  attacks  me  fiercely

Lord,  have  mercy  on  me.

When my final days  are approaching

Lord,  have  mercy  on  me.

When eternity actually begins for me

Lord,  have  mercy  on  me.

When  I  arrive  at  the  pearly   gates

Lord,  have  mercy  on  me.

SEÑOR, TEN MISERICORDIA DE MÍ

Cuando todavía ni siquiera comenzaba el tiempo

el Señor tuvo misericordia de mí.

Cuando yo estaba  en el vientre de mi madre

el Señor tuvo misericordia de mí.

Cuando yo  le nací  a  una  familia católica

el Señor tuvo misericordia de mí.

Cuando  estuve  en rebelión  contra Dios

el Señor tuvo misericordia de mí.

Cuando la negra oscuridad  me acorrale

Señor,   ten misericordia de  mí.

Cuando la duda y el temor me amenacen

Señor,  ten misericordia de mí.

Cuando me llegue un pensamiento negativo

Señor,  ten misericordia de mí.

Cuando peque consciente o inconscientemente

Señor,  ten misericordia de mí.

Cuando me rebele contra unos de tus mandamientos

Señor,  ten misericordia de mí.

Cuando   yo  comience  a  juzgar  a  algunos  de  tus  hijos

Señor,  ten misericordia de mí.

Cuando mi orgullo comience a exaltarse por la razón que sea

Señor,  ten misericordia de mí.

Cuando se me olvide orarte,  alabarte y  adorarte,  mi Salvador,

que tengas misericordia de mí.

Cuando me aleje de mi Dios viviente quien es mi Padre celestial

Señor,  ten misericordia de mí.

 Cuando esté rendido y parezca que de verdad ya no pueda más

Señor,  ten misericordia de mí.

Cuando  se  me  cierren  todas  las puertas  y  no vea la salida

Señor,  ten misericordia de mí.

Cuando Satanás el  diablo me  esté  atacando ferozmente

Señor,  ten misericordia de mí.

Cuando  me lleguen los  últimos  días en esta vida

Señor,  ten misericordia de mí.

Cuando   comience  la   eternidad   para  mí.

Señor,  ten misericordia de mí.

Cuando llegue a los portales del cielo

Señor,  ten misericordia de mí.

THAT’S WHO I AM

In Jesus Christ I am more than a conqueror.

Romans 8:37

No weapon forged against  me shall ever prosper.

Isaiah 54:17

God is for me, so it does not matter who is against me.

Romans 8:31

The Lord sends  out His word to  protect me and it  is fulfilled.

Isaiah 55:11

I can do all things through my Lord and Savior who strengthens me.

Philippians 4:13

Greater is the Holy Spirit who is in  me than the devil who is in the world.

1  John  4:4

I am saved because I believe in Jesus and  have confessed that He resurrected.

Romans 10:9

I am a son of God because while I was still dead in my sins, Jesus gave His life for me.

Romans 5:8

I will live in heaven eternally because my Lord  Jesus is preparing a place for me right now.

John 14:1:3

ESE SOY YO

En Cristo Jesús soy más que vencedor.

Romanos 8:37

Ningún arma forjada contra mí prosperará.

Isaías  54:17

Dios está conmigo, no importa quién se oponga.

Romanos 8:31

Dios manda su palabra para protegerme y se cumple.

Isaías 55:11

Todo lo puedo en mi Señor y Redentor quien me fortalece.

Filipenses 4:13

Más grande es Dios quien está en mí que el diablo en el mundo.

1 San Juan 4:4

Soy salvo porque creo en Cristo y confieso que resucitó al tercer día.

Romanos 10:9

Soy hijo de Dios  porque estando yo  en el pecado,  él dio su  vida por mí.

Romanos 5:8

Viviré eternamente con Dios porque Jesús ya me está preparando la morada.

Juan  14:1-3

DON’T LOOK AT ME

Do not look at all my  human faults.

Look at God who has no faults.

Do not look at my arrogance and pride.

Look at the meekness of Jesus.

Do not look at my anger and frustrations.

 It’s better to look at Jesus’ love.

Do not  look at  me when I am  indifferent.

Exalt Jesus for His compassion.

Do not look at me  because I am unfaithful.

Look  at  Jesus the faithful Son.

Do not look at  me for my many limitations.

Admire Jesus for having none.

Do not look at me with all my imperfections.

Praise Jesus for His perfection.

Do not  look at  my  weaknesses and  frailties.

Look at God’s infinite strength.

Do not look at me in this earthly wretched life.

See me in heaven with my God.

Do  not  look  at  my  ignorance  and  inabilities;

just  look the  wisdom of  God.

Do not look at my doubts and all my insecurities.

Look at the faith Jesus displayed.

Do not  look at me  every time I actually  fall down.

Look at Jesus when He picks me up.

Do not look at me for my sinful and disobedient life.

Look at Jesus for His sinless one.

NO ME MIRES A MÍ

No te enfoques en  mis muchas faltas.

Mira  a Jesucristo  porque no tiene ninguna.

No mires ni mi arrogancia ni orgullo.

Mira la mansedumbre y humildad de Jesús.

No  juzgues  ni  mi  rabia  ni  mi  ira.

Es mejor que  veas  el  amor  de  Jesucristo.

No te enfoques en mi indiferencia.

Exalta a  Dios por  la compasión  que tiene.

No me mires  porque  no soy  fiel.

Mira a y admira  a Cristo  por su  fidelidad.

No me mires con mis limitaciones.

Adora y admira a Jesús porque no las tiene.

No  mires  mis   imperfecciones.

Mira  a  Jesucristo  que  no  tiene  ninguna.

No mires todas mis debilidades.

Admira a Jesucristo  por su poder infinito.

No me mires en esta vida falible.

Mírame como si ya estuviera en el cielo.

No mires mi ignorancia humana.

Simplemente mira  la sabiduría de Dios.

No me mires en mi inseguridad.

Mira la fe que  Cristo  tuvo en  la  cruz.

No me mires cuando me caigo.

Mírame cuando Jesucristo me levanta.

No mires mi vida pecaminosa.

Mira a  Jesucristo  quien  jamás  pecó.

WHAT JESUS DID FOR ME

I admire Jesus because He

vacated His throne and came to earth.

I praise Jesus because He

shed His divinity to  become a  mere man.

I respect Jesus because He

went through all  the troubles we go through.

I obey Jesus  because He

taught  us the  godly  principles we  should  live  by.

I love  Jesus  because He

first loved  me and  even died for my  sins on  the cross.

I believe in Jesus because

the grave could not contain Him and He actually resurrected.

I pray to Jesus because He

is at the right hand of the Father and intercedes for me constantly.

I  have  my  hopes  in Jesus

because one day soon He is coming back for me to take me to heaven.

LO QUE JESUCRISTO HIZO POR MÍ

Admiro a Jesucristo porque

dejó su trono en el cielo y vino a la tierra.

Alabo a Jesucristo porque

se despojó de su divinidad y se hizo hombre.

Respeto a Jesucristo porque

pasó por todos los problemas como nosotros.

Obedezco a Jesucristo porque

nos enseñó sus principios para que los viviéramos.

Amo a mi Señor Jesús porque

él primero me amó a mí y lo demostró dando su vida.

Creo en  Cristo  Jesús  porque

el sepulcro  no pudo contenerlo y  resucitó al tercer día.

Sólo le oro a Jesucristo porque

él está a la derecha del Padre haciendo intercesión por mí.

Jesús es mi esperanza  porque

muy pronto viene para llevarme a la mansión que me preparó

FAITH IS…

Faith is

the trust you have in God.

Faith is

believing  what  you  do  not  see.

Faith is

not having any doubts about something.

Faith is

expecting what others believe to be impossible.

Faith is

believing there  is  a God  in control of  the universe.

Faith is

believing  that  we  will spend  eternity  with Jesus  Christ.

Faith is

believing in God even though we may not feel, see or hear Him.

Faith is

the  substance of things hoped for,  the  evidence of  things not seen.

Hebrews 11:1

 

LA FE ES…

L a fe es

creer en lo que no se ve.

 La fe es

creer  sin tener  ninguna duda.

La fe es

la confianza que uno tiene en Dios.

La fe es

esperar  lo que  parezca  ser  imposible.

La fe es

creer que uno pasará  la eternidad con Cristo

 La fe es

creer que Dios  tiene  control de todo  el universo.

La fe es

creer en Dios aunque uno no  lo sienta,  vea,   ni  lo oiga.

La fe es

la sustancia de lo esperado, la demostración de lo que no se ve.

Hebreos 11:1

THAT’S WHO I AM

In Jesus Christ I am more than a conqueror.

Romans 8:37

No weapon forged against  me shall ever prosper.

Isaiah 54:17

God is for me, so it does not matter who is against me.

Romans 8:31

The Lord sends  out His word to  protect me and it  is fulfilled.

Isaiah 55:11

I can do all things through my Lord and Savior who strengthens me.

Philippians 4:13

Greater is the Holy Spirit who is in  me than the devil who is in the world.

1  John  4:4

I am saved because I believe in Jesus and  have confessed that He resurrected.

Romans 10:9

I am a son of God because while I was still dead in my sins, Jesus gave His life for me.

Romans 5:8

I will live in heaven eternally because my Lord  Jesus is preparing a place for me right now.

John 14:1:3

ESE SOY YO

En Cristo Jesús soy más que vencedor.

Romanos 8:37

Ningún arma forjada contra mí prosperará.

Isaías  54:17

Dios está conmigo, no importa quién se oponga.

Romanos 8:31

Dios manda su palabra para protegerme y se cumple.

Isaías 55:11

Todo lo puedo en mi Señor y Redentor quien me fortalece.

Filipenses 4:13

Más grande es Dios quien está en mí que el diablo en el mundo.

1 San Juan 4:4

Soy salvo porque creo en Cristo y confieso que resucitó al tercer día.

Romanos 10:9

Soy hijo de Dios  porque estando yo  en el pecado,  él dio su  vida por mí.

Romanos 5:8

Viviré eternamente con Dios porque Jesús ya me está preparando la morada.

Juan  14:1-3

GOD WON’T BE THERE

You can look for God in philosophy

but He won’t be there.

You can look for God in deep studies

but He won’t be there.

You can look for God in outer space

but He won’t be there.

You can look  for God in your religion

but He won’t be there.

You can look for God in your church

but He won’t be there.

You can look for God in your leaders

but He won’t be there.

If  you  receive  Jesus  Christ by  faith

He will be in your heart.

DIOS NO ESTARÁ AHÍ

Puedes  buscar  a  Dios  en  la filosofía

pero no estará ahí.

Puedes buscar a Dios en tus estudios

pero no estará ahí.

Puedes  buscar a  Dios en  el espacio

pero no estará ahí.

Puedes buscar a Dios en tu religión

pero no estará ahí.

Puedes buscar a Dios en la iglesia

pero no estará ahí.

Puedes buscar a Dios en líderes

pero no estará ahí.

Si recibes a Jesucristo por fe

estará en tu corazón.

IF YOU WANT TO KNOW

If you want to inquire how life really began

read the Book of Genesis.

If you want to find out  where you came from

you will find it  in the Bible.

If you desire to know where you will be going

it is prophesied in the Bible.

If you need to know the true  meaning of life

just go to the word of God.

If you want to spend eternity  with God

receive Jesus as your Lord.

If you want  to be blessed by God

start blessing others.

If you want to know God

pray to Him.

SI QUIERES SABER

Si quieres inquirir como comenzó la vida

lee el libro de Génesis.

Si deseas saber cuál es tu verdadero origen

 la biblia  te lo  aclarará.

Si siempre  te preguntas,  ¿Dónde terminaré?

La biblia te lo profetiza.

Si deseas saber el verdadero significado de la vida

lee  la palabra  de Dios.

Si, en realidad,  quieres pasar la eternidad con Dios

Jesús debe ser tu camino.

Si anhelas poder recibir las bendiciones de nuestro Dios

bendice al que tú puedas.

Si de todo corazón quisieras conocer a tu Señor y Redentor

órale en actitud de gratitud.

WITHOUT GOD YOU ARE LOST

Without faith it is impossible to please God

because we need faith to believe that He exists.

Without love it is not possible to please God

because He is the very essence of unselfish love.

Without  joy  we  are  unable  to  please  God

because  He came to  give us  life in abundance.

Without grace it is impossible to please God

because it  is only  by grace  that we  are saved.

By not repenting it’s not possible to see God

because our  sins  would not  truly  be forgiven.

By not accepting  Jesus Christ as our Lord

we would not experience eternal life with Him.

SIN DIOS ESTAMOS PERDIDOS

Sin fe no es posible agradar a Dios

porque necesitamos fe para creer en él.

Sin amor es imposible agradar a Dios

porque él es la verdadera esencia del amor.

Sin regocijo no podemos agrada a Dios

porque él vino para darnos vida en abundancia.

Sin gracia es  imposible agradar a Dios

porque  sin  su gracia no podemos  tener salvación.

Sin  arrepentirnos no  veremos  a  Dios

porque él  no podría perdonar todos nuestros  pecados.

Si  no  aceptamos  a  Jesús  como  Dios

jamás podremos pasar la eternidad con él en su trono celestial.

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ARE YOU LOOKING FOR A GOD?

If you are looking for a god,

look for the one who is eternal and the creator of everything.

If you  are  searching for  a God,

search  for one  who is omniscient,  omnipresent and omnipotent.

If you are one  who is seeking a god,

seek for one that is loving, understanding, merciful and compassionate.

If you are investigating the so-called gods,

investigate the one who suffered, died and resurrected to pay for your sins.

If you  are thinking of  truly  worshiping a  god,

worship the one who can heal any illness, do any miracle and resurrect the dead.

If you  want  to spend eternity in  heaven with God,

receive Jesus Christ in your heart because He is the only way to the Father and salvation.

¿ANDAS EN BUSCA DE UN DIOS?

Si andas en busca de un dios,

busca al que es eterno y creador de todo lo que existe.

Si andas tras los pasos de un dios

que sea el que es omnisciente, omnipresente y todopoderoso.

Si  deseas  tener un  dios en  tu vida,

que sea uno que te ame, te comprenda, sea misericordioso y compasivo.

Si estás  investigando  sobre  los dioses.

investiga a Jesús  quien sufrió,  murió,  y resucitó para  pagar por tus pecados.

Si tú  estás  pensando  en  adorar  a  un  dios

que sea al que puede sanar toda enfermedad, hacer todo milagro y resucitar muertos.

Si quieres pasar la eternidad en el cielo con Dios,

recibe a Jesucristo en tu corazón como tu Dios, porque él es el camino al cielo

DOES IT COME FROM GOD OR FROM THE DEVIL?

If you are righteous  that righteousness is from God,

but if you happen to be unrighteous

it comes from the devil.

If you are holy that holiness comes from Father God,

but if you are living an unholy life

the  devil is  leading you.

If  you are  kind that  kindness comes  from  our Lord,

but  if  you  are  extremely  unkind

the devil is influencing you.

If you are a loving  person that love comes from  God.

but  if  you  are  a  hateful  person

the devil is happy with you.

If you are a compassionate person thank God for that,

 but if you have lack of compassion

don’t even thank the devil.

If you are  merciful that mercy is given to you by God.

but if you are a merciless person

you are satisfying the devil.

If you are  wise that wisdom can only come from God,

but  if  you  are  lacking  wisdom

ask  God  to give you some.

If you  are convicted of sin  the conviction is from God,

and  if  you come  to  repentance

God  will  forgive every sin.

If  you want to spend  eternity with the Lord in heaven,

ask Jesus Chris t into your heart

and  He  will  bless  you.

¿VIENE DE DIOS O DEL DIABLO?

Si eres justo esa justicia viene de Dios,

pero si te involucras en injusticia

eso viene del diablo.

Si eres santo esa santidad viene de Dios,

pero si solo piensas en la  maldad

te influencia el diablo.

Si eres amable esa amabilidad viene de Dios,

pero si tú haces todo lo opuesto

vives para el diablo.

Si eres amoroso ese amor te lo ha demostrado Dios.

pero si eres una persona odiosa

el diablo te guía a ti.

Si eres una persona compasiva dale gracias a Dios por eso,

pero  si te falta  la  compasión

imita a Jesucristo.

Si eres misericordioso es que nuestro Dios en realidad está en ti,

pero si no tienes misericordia

al diablo satisfaces.

Si eres sabio esa sabiduría que tienes es una bendición de nuestro Dios,

pero  si  te  falta  sabiduría

Dios te puede dar.

Si te sientes culpable por tus pecados ese pensamiento viene de nuestro Dios,

pero  si tú  te arrepientes

Dios te perdonará.

Si  de todo corazón  quieres pasar  la eternidad con  Jesucristo  en  su trono celestial,

recíbelo  en  tu  corazón

y  el vendrá  a  ti.

JESUS IS MY EVERYTHING

Jesus is my peace.

He is my peace that passes all understanding.

Jesus is my provider.

He provides for all my needs on a daily basis.

Jesus is my protector.

He protects me from all things not in His will.

Jesus is my real healer.

He  heals me  in  every single  area of my life.

Jesus is my  true  hope.

He is my  hope when  everything looks  bleak.

Jesus is my Redeemer.

He redeemed me from a debt I could not pay.

Jesus is my Godly Savior.

He saved me from everlasting condemnation.

Jesus is my heavenly light.

He is a lamp unto my feet lighting  up my path.

Jesus is living water to me.

His living  water the  Holy  Spirit is guiding  me.

Jesus came to earth for me.

God loves me so much He gave up His Son for me.

JESUCRISTO ES TODO PARA MÍ

Jesucristo es mi paz.

Es esa paz que sobrepasa todo entendimiento.

Jesús es mi proveedor.

Provee por todas mis necesidades diariamente.

Jesús es  mi  protector.

Me protege de todo lo malo que viene contra mí.

Jesucristo es mi sanador.

Me sana  en todas  las áreas afectadas de mi  vida.

Jesucristo es mi esperanza.

Cuando todo se ve oscuro, él es mi única esperanza.

Jesucristo  es mi Redentor.

Él me redimió  de una deuda que yo  no podía  pagar.

Cristo  es mi  agua viviente.

Su  Espíritu Santo  es  el  agua  viviente  que sale de  mí.

Jesús es la luz que me guía.

Cristo  lámpara es  a  mis pies,  y  lumbrera  a mi  camino.

Jesucristo  es  mi  salvador.

Me salvó de ser condenado eternamente por mis pecados.

Cristo vino al mundo por mí.

El Padre me ama tanto que mandó  a su Hijo para salvarme.

ALL GLORY TO GOD

All glory to Jesus Christ

because He came to save us.

All adoration to our Lord

because  He  conquered  death.

All praises to the Son of God

because  He  paid  for all our sins.

Let’s exalt Jesus God incarnate

because He never sinned  as a man.

Revere Jesus as much as you can

since he  died and  resurrected for us.

Put all  your hope  on  Jesus Christ

because  He is our  only way to heaven.

TODA LA GLORIA A DIOS

Gloria a Jesucristo

porque vino a salvarnos.

Adoremos  al  Señor

porque conquistó la muerte.

Alabemos al hijo de Dios

por pagar por nuestros pecados.

Exaltemos al Dios encarnado

porque él nunca pecó como humano.

Venera a Jesús todo lo que puedas

ya que él murió y  resucitó  por nosotros.

Que todas tus esperanzas estén en él

porque Jesucristo es el único camino al cielo

THERE IS A PLACE

There is a place

where no more tears will be shed,

and in that place

infirmity and illnesses will be no more.

In that same site

death will no longer be allowed to exist,

and that’s because

the dead in Christ will rise to life again.

In that very place

God the Creator will live with us.

You will be there,

but only if Christ is in you.

Is  He  in  you?

HAY UN LUGAR

Hay un lugar

sin lágrimas ni dolor,

y en ese lugar

no habrá  enfermedad.

Allí mismo

la muerte ya no  existirá

y los muertos

por  Dios  van  a  resucitar.

Allí también

el Creador vivirá con nosotros.

Estarás allí

pero solamente si Cristo está en ti.

THAT’S WHAT I BELIEVE

I believe in God the Father

who sent His Son to this earth.

I believe in His Son Jesus

who came to die for my sins.

I believe in the Holy Spirit

who lives in me to guide me.

I believe all three of them

are manifestations of our God.

I believe in the resurrection

because Jesus came to set me free.

I believe that eternal life

can only come through our Lord Jesus.

ESO ES LO QUE CREO

Creo en Dios Padre

quien envió a su hijo al mundo.

Creo en su hijo Jesús

quien vino a morir por mis pecados.

Creo en el Espíritu Santo

quien vive en mí para guiarme en todo.

Creo que en la santa trinidad

 se manifiesta Dios en tres formas diferentes.

Creo en la resurrección de Cristo

porque sin ella  no pudiera recibir mi salvación.

Creo sinceramente que la vida eterna

sólo  podemos recibirla  por  medio  de Jesucristo

WHAT SHOULD I ASK GOD?

Father God, give me…

salvation through Jesus Christ because without it

I would wind up in the lake of fire,

obedience, so I can be faithful to You in everything,

in order to do your perfect will,

more wisdom than  the one You gave King Solomon,

so I will not fall the way he did,

faith, so I can pray believing, expecting and receiving

answers every time I pray to You.

the boldness necessary to come to the throne of grace

to bow down before Your presence,

reverence, so I can praise and adore You in a loving way

because You deserve nothing less,

tolerance,  so I can not only tolerate,  but actually forgive

those who insult me and insult You,

compassion in order for me to see people the way You do,

so I can sympathize with them too.

¿QUÉ DEBO PEDIRLE A DIOS?

Padre Dios, por favor extiéndeme…

salvación por medio de Jesucristo, porque sin él

terminaría en el lago de fuego,

obediencia para que te sea fiel en todo lo que haga

para que cumpla con tu voluntad,

mucha más sabiduría de la que le diste al Rey Salomón

para que yo no caiga como él cayó,

fe para que pueda orar creyendo, esperando y recibiendo

respuestas cada vez que te ore a Ti,

el atrevimiento necesario para llegar a tu trono de gracia y

ponerme de hinojos en Tu presencia,

reverencia para poder alabarte y adorarte con todo mi amor.

porque Tú mereces eso y mucho más,

tolerancia para que no solamente tolere sino que pueda perdonar

a los que me insultan y te insultan a Ti,

compasión para tener la habilidad de ver a las personas como las ves

para que yo pueda simpatizar con ellas.

INSTEAD OF THAT THIS

Instead of being an atheist

be a believer.

Instead of living life your way

live it God’s way.

Instead of believing in evolution

believe in creation.

Instead  of  meandering  aimlessly

fulfill your destiny.

Instead  of  running  away  from  God

run fast to Him.

Instead  of  existing  without  a  purpose

have  a  purpose.

Instead of  praying to  your worthless idols

pray to Father God.

Instead of spending eternity with the devil

spend it with God.

EN VEZ DE ESO ESTO

En vez de ser un simple ateo

cree  en  Dios.

En vez de  creer en  la evolución

cree en la creación.

En vez de vivir la vida a tu manera

vive como Jesucristo.

En vez de pasar por la vida sin rumbo

cumple  con  tu  destino.

En  vez  de  huir para  alejarte  de  Dios

corre rápidamente hacia él.

En  vez  de  existir  sin  ningún  propósito

vive  el que Dios  te  ha dado.

En vez de perder tiempo orándoles a ídolos

Órale a nuestro Padre celestial.

En vez de pasar la eternidad con los demonios

pásala con Jesucristo en su reino.

 

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WHAT CHRISTMAS IS NOT ABOUT

Christmas is not about Santa Claus.

 It’s about  the Son of God.

It’s not about simply giving gifts.

 It’s about receiving the gift of salvation.

It’s not about drinking intoxicating beverages.

 It’s really about being inebriated with the Holy Spirit.

It’s not about singing Christmas carols at church on Sunday.

 It’s about praising and worshiping God for all He has done for us.

It’s  not about  being  friendly and  polite to relatives  you do not like.

 It’s really  about loving them, regardless of  their faults and  how you feel.

It’s not simply about reminiscing of  everything we did during the entire year.

It’s about  remembering  what Jesus  Christ did on  the cross  to pay  for our  sins.

LO QUE NO ES LA NAVIDAD

La Navidad no se trata de San Nicolás.

Se trata del hijo de Dios.

No se trata de dar regalos.

Se trata de recibir la salvación.

No se trata de beber, beber y beber.

Se trata  de llenarse del  Espíritu  Santo.

No se trata de cantar villancicos navideños.

Se trata de alabar y adorar a Dios diariamente.

No se trata de tolerar a parientes que nunca ves.

Se trata de  disfrutarlos y de amarlos  sinceramente.

No  se  trata  de recordar,  revivir  y  añorar  el  pasado.

Se trata de recordar que Jesús murió por nuestros pecados.

THERE ARE MANY CHOICES

There are many choices in life

but only one is correct.

There are many important people

but none like Jesus Christ.

There are very  many  so-called  gods

but the real one is Jehovah.

There are many  religions on  this  planet

but the true one is born-again.

You may  have  faith  on a  myriad of  things

but the one that counts is on Jesus.

You may think there are  many  ways to heaven

but the only real way is through Jesus.

You can pray to as many saints or gods as you like

but only one will answer you – Jesus Christ.

You may  believe that God and  the devil do not exist

but when you die you will be with one of them.

 

HAY MUCHO DE QUE SELECCIONAR

Hay mucho de lo que puedas seleccionar en la vida

pero solo una selección es correcta.

Hay muchas personas importantes en el mundo

pero ninguna como nuestro Dios.

Hay muchos llamados dioses en estos tiempos

pero el verdadero Dios es Jehová.

Hay muchísimas religiones en la actualidad

pero no tienen relación con Cristo.

Puedes  tener fe  en centenares  de  cosas

pero el que cuenta en Jesucristo.

Puedes pensar que hay muchos caminos al cielo

pero  el único  es  por Jesucristo.

Puedes orarles a todos los santos y dioses que quieras

pero el único que responde es Jesús.

Puedes creer que Dios, el diablo, el cielo y l infierno no existen

pero al morir estarás con uno de aquellos.

THAT’S WHY I BELLIEVE

I don’t believe in God because of what people say

but rather because He appeared to me.

I don’t love God just because He is the real true God

but rather because He first loved me.

I don’t admire God because of His awesome power

but rather because of His meekness.

I don’t  praise  God  because of  what He has  done

but rather for being who  He really is.

I don’t worship Jesus because He died on the cross

but rather  because  He  resurrected.

I don’t actually trust God because of His sovereignty

but I do because of His righteousness.

I don’t fear my God because He can  send me to hell

but I do because I love and respect Him.

POR ESO CREO

No creo en Dios por lo que dice la gente

sino  porque se  me apareció.

No amo a Dios simplemente por ser Dios

sino porque me amó primero.

No admiro a  Dios por su  poder  inmenso

sino por ser humilde y manso.

No alabo a dios por todo lo que ha hecho

sino por ser “Yo soy quien soy.”

No adoro a Jesús porque murió  en la cruz

sino por pagar por mis pecados.

No solamente confío en él por su soberanía

sino que lo hago por su justicia.

No  le  temo  a  Dios  por su  poder de juzgar

sino porque lo amo y lo respeto.

Jesus with his arms extended

GOD HAS GIVEN YOU FREE WILL

Our loving God from where all wisdom comes will permit you

to  live in  your own  ignorance  of  incredibility

  if  that is  what you really want  to do.

Being  that our  God does not  want to impose Himself on  you

   He has given you the right to decide for yourself

      what you want your final destiny to be.

If because of your pride, ego or wanting to satisfy your desires

     you deny or refuse to believe in God’s existence

          you will have to pay the consequences.

    If you do not accept God’s only Son as your Lord and Redeemer

          our God who has  given every one of us free  will,

             will allow you to  suffer forever  in hell.

       But if you truly accept Jesus Christ as your God, Lord and Savior

           our Father will  open  the  gates of  heaven to you

             so  you  can  spend  eternity  with  Him.

DIOS TE HA DADO LIBRE ALBEDRÍO

Nuestro Dios de donde procede la sabiduría te permitirá

vivir en tu preferida ignorancia de incredulidad

si es lo que en realidad prefieres.

Siendo que nuestro Dios no quiere imponerse en tu vida

él te ha dado  el poder de  decidir por ti mismo

para  que decidas tu  destino final.

Si por  tu orgullo,  egoísmo o  por complacer tus  placeres

niegas o rechazas creer en la existencia de Dios

tendrás que pagar las consecuencias.

Si tú no aceptas a su único Hijo como tu Señor y Salvador

nuestro  Dios quien  nos ha  dado libre  albedrio

te  permitirá  ir al  lago de  fuego.

Pero si tú aceptas a Jesucristo como tu Señor y Redentor

nuestro  Padre te  abrirá  los  portales  del  cielo

para que pases la eternidad con él.

THERE ARE TWO

There are always two solutions;

The correct one and the wrong one.

By God’s direction I try to do the first one.

There are two ways of doing things;

One way seems right to man but is wrong.

I follow God’s way which leads to life eternal.

I can live by one of two principles;

Godly ones or  the ones set by  society.

Society’s are changing but God’s are eternal.

There’s always a fork in the road;

One side has light and the other one not.

I follow the light which leads to my salvation.

There  are  two  roads ahead of  me;

One less traveled and one much traveled.

I’m on the one less traveled going to heaven.

In two places I can spend eternity;

Hell with the devil or heaven with God.

I have decided to spend it with my Lord Jesus.

 

HAY DOS

Solo hay  dos  soluciones;

La correcta y  la  incorrecta.

Yo trato de tomar  la primera.

Hay dos modos de hacer  todo;

El del hombre que es incorrecto-

el de Dios que siempre es correcto.

Puedo escoger principios para vivir;

Los de Dios o  por los  de  la  sociedad.

Viviré por los de Dios que son eternos.

Siempre  hay  bifurcación en e l camino;

Luz en una dirección oscuridad en la otra.

Buscaré la luz, porque en ella hay salvación.

Se  encuentran dos  caminos delante  de  mí;

Uno  poco  transitado y  el  otro lo demasiado.

Sigo el menos transitado que me llevará al cielo.

Puedo  pasar  la eternidad  en uno  de  dos  sitios;

En el lago de fuego con el diablo o el cielo con Dios.

Yo decidí pasarla en el cielo con mi Señor y Salvador.

 

IT’S THE SPIRITUAL

You must think thoughts of faith

never  of  doubt.

Try  to  see with  your  spiritual eyes

not with the physical ones.

Practice hearing with your spiritual ears

more than with the physical ones.

From now on speak  with  the voice of faith

not with the one of doubt or unbelief.

Henceforth and forever more live by pure faith

and  not  by what your physical  eyes  see.

          ES LO ESPIRITUAL

Piensa  pensamientos  de  fe

no de incredulidad.

Mira más con los ojos espirituales

que con los físicos.

Oirás mejor  con los  oídos espirituales

que con los físicos.

De aquí en adelante habla con la voz de fe

no con la de dudar.

El  resto  de tu  vida  vívelo  en  pura fe en Dios

y no por lo que veas.

Jesus holding baby

GOD WAS THERE

At my conception

God was there.

The  day  I was  born

God was there.

When fear was around

God was there.

In  my  loneliest   times

God was there.

In  my darkest  moments

God was there.

In my most desperate times

God was there.

When everyone abandoned me

God was there.

Every time I fell as a human being

God was there.

When I  pass  away  from  this  world

God will be there. 

DIOS ESTUVO ALLÍ

Cuando fui concebido

Dios estuvo allí.

El instante en que nací

Dios estuvo allí.

Si  me  atacaba el  temor

Dios estaba allí.

En mis tiempos de soledad

Dios estaba allí.

En  mis  horas  más  oscuras

Dios estuvo allí.

Cuando  estuve  desesperado

Dios estuvo allí.

Cuando todos me abandonaron

Dios estuvo allí.

Cada  vez  que  me  he  resbalado

Dios estuvo allí.

Cuando mi alma pase a la otra vida

Dios estará allí.

TWO TYPES OF PEOPLE

There are two types of people…

the ones who don’t have a purpose and the ones who have it

in Jesus Christ,

the ones who don’t believe in God and the ones who believe

in Jesus Christ,

the ones who really live for themselves and the ones who live

for Jesus Christ,

the ones who live by their wits and the ones who live by faith

in Jesus Christ,

the ones who don’t have  any hope and  the ones who have it

in Jesus Christ,

the ones who are disobedient and the ones who are obedient

to Jesus Christ,

the ones who rebel against God and the ones who try to obey

our Lord Jesus,

the ones who have treasures here and the ones who have them

with  the  Lord,

the ones who will be in hell and the ones who will be in heaven

with  the  Lord.

DOS TIPOS DE PERSONAS

Hay dos tipos de personas…

las que no tienen propósito y las que lo tienen

en Cristo Jesús,

las que no creen  en Dios y las  que en realidad  creen

en Cristo Jesús,

las que viven para complacerse y las que complacen a Dios

en Cristo Jesús,

las  que  viven  por  su astucia y  las  que viven  por su fe

en Cristo Jesús,

las  que  no tienen  esperanzas  y las que sí  las tienen

en Cristo Jesús,

las  que  son  desobedientes  y  las  que  obedecen

a Cristo Jesús,

las que se rebelan contra Dios y  las  que siguen

a Cristo Jesús,

las que hacen tesoros aquí y las que los tienen

en  el  cielo,

y las que estarán en el infierno y las otras

con Jesucristo.

ASK JESUS TO HELP YOU

If you are lost

ask Jesus to guide you.

If you are sick

ask Jesus  to heal  you.

If you are in sin

ask  Jesus  to  help you.

If you are down

ask Jesus to pick you up.

If there’s no hope

let  Jesus  be  your  hope.

If all doors are closed

ask Jesus to open one for you.

PÍDELE A JESÚS QUE TE AYUDE

Si estás perdido

pídele a Cristo  que te  guíe.

Si estás enfermo

pídele a Jesucristo que te sane.

Si  estás  pecando

pídele a  Jesucristo que  te ayude.

Si no  hay  esperanza

permite que Jesús sea tu esperanza.

Si estás caído en el suelo

pídele a nuestro Señor que te levante.

Si  la  puerta  se ha  cerrado

Jesucristo te puede abrir una más grande.

GOD GAVE HIS SON FOR ME

My Lord is a giving God.

He gave His only Son for me.

My Lord is a loving God.

He even loves me a sinner.

My  Lord is  merciful.

His mercy endures forever.

My Lord is forgiving.

He  has  forgiven all  my  sins.

My Lord is righteous.

His righteousness is everlasting.

My Lord is a provider.

He  provides daily  for all my needs.

My  Lord is a healing God.

HE heals me physically and emotionally.

My Lord protects the righteous.

He never fails to protect me wherever I go.

My Jesus is the Savior of  the  world.

He saves  everyone who  receives Him  as Lord.

DIOS DIO A SU HIJO POR MI

Mi Señor  es  un Dios que  da.

Lo sé porque dio a su único hijo por mí.

Mi Señor es un Dios de amor.

Lo digo porque me ama a mí un pecador.

Mi Señor  es  misericordioso.

Su misericordia permanece eternamente.

Mi Señor perdona  pecados.

Me  ha perdonado  de  todos  mis  pecados.

Mi Señor es mi proveedor.

Provee  por  mis necesidades  de día  en  día.

  Mi  Señor es  Dios sanador.

Me sana física,  emocional  y  espiritualmente.

Mi Señor siempre es justo.

Su justicia por los siglos de los siglos no tendrá fin.

Mi Señor es  mi protector.

No importa adonde vaya yo o esté,  él me protege.

Mi Señor  es el  Redentor.

Salva a  todos los que lo  reciben como  su  Redentor.

GOD WANTS YOU TO…

God wants you

to live by pure faith and not by sight.

God wants you

to believe in  Him so He can save you.

God wants you

to  praise Him so He can be with you.

God wants you

to adore  Him  so  He  can bless  you.

God wants you

to  pray to Him so He can help  you.

God wants you

to  be  with  Him  forever and  ever.

DIOS DESEA QUE…

Dios desea que

vivas por fe y  no por  lo que ves.

Dios desea que

creas en él para darte salvación.

Dios desea que

lo alabes para que esté contigo.

Dios desea que

lo adores para que te bendiga.

Dios desea que

le ores porque desea ayudarte.

Dios desea que

tú  estés  con  él eternamente.

ALLOW GOD TO WORK THROUGH YOU

Open  your heart to God

so you can be completely guided by His love

Open your ears to God

so  you can  hear  what it  is He  wants you to do.

Let God guide your feet

so He can take you to places where you need to go

Lend your hands to God

so He can do the work He needs to do here on earth.

Offer your mouth to God

so He can bring people into salvation through you.

Be sure to  do  God’s  will

so He can do through you what He needs done.

Be faithful to God to the end.

so  you  will  spend  eternity  with  Him.

PERMITE QUE DIOS OBRE POR MEDIO DE TI

Ábrele el corazón a Dios

para que seas completamente guiado por su amor.

Ábrele tus oídos a Dios

para que oigas lo que él desea que tú hagas.

Dale  tus  pies  a  Dios

para que te lleven adonde debes ir.

Presta   tus   manos

para que hagan la obra de Dios.

Ofrece tu boca a Dios

para que lleves gente a la salvación.

Haz la voluntad de Dios

para que él te use  como sea  necesario.

Debes ser fiel hasta el fin

para que pases la eternidad con Dios en el cielo.

EITHER THIS OR THAT

Either

we believe in Darwin’s evolution or in God’s creation.

Creation is the real truth.

Either

God  is  in  our imagination or  He  really  exists.

Yes, He does really exist.

Either

the Bible is  made up or it is inspired  by God.

It was  inspired  by God.

Either

this is all there is or there is life after death.

There is life  after  death.

Either

we are saved by good works or by faith.

It  can only  be by  faith.

Either

Jesus was lying or He is the Son of God.

He  is  the  Son  of  God.

Either

there are many ways to heaven or just one.

Jesus  is  the  only  way.

Either

we are fooling ourselves or there will be a rapture.

The  rapture is coming.

O UNO O LO OTRO

O

creemos en la evolución de Darwin o en la creación.

La creación es verdadera.

O

Dios está  en  nuestra  imaginación o  en  realidad  existe.

Él  siempre  ha  existido.

O

la biblia fue inventada por hombres o  fue inspirada por  Dios.

Fue  inspirada  por  Dios.

O

esto es todo lo que hay o existe otra vida después de la muerte.

Hay vida después de ésta.

o

somos salvos por  nuestras  buenas obras o solamente por la fe.

Sólo  puede ser  por la  fe.

O

Jesucristo  estaba  mintiendo  o  es  el  verdadero  Hijo de Dios.

Él es el hijo de Dios Padre.

O

Hay muchas maneras de llegar al cielo o solamente hay una.

Jesús es el único camino.

O

nos estamos engañando o pronto llegará el rapto.

El rapto ya está por llegar.

YOU ARE NOT SAVED BY YOUR…

Salvation is not related to

your righteousness or good works.

You will not enter heaven

because you are a religious person.

Church attendance won’t

ever open  the pearly gates  for you.

You are definitely not saved by

 being the very best person you can be.

You won’t see God’s face

because of your wisdom or intelligence.

Making Jesus your Savior

is the only way you may have eternal life.

NO ESTÁS SALVO POR TU…

Tu salvación no está relacionada con

que eres justo y has hecho buenas obras.

Definitivamente no entrarás al cielo

porque eres  una  persona  muy  religiosa.

Porque eres miembro de una iglesia

Dios  no  te  abrirá  los  portales  del cielo.

Debes saber que no serás salvo

porque vives la mejor vida posible para ti.

No verás la cara de nuestro Dios

 ni por tu sabiduría  ni por  tu  inteligencia.

Si  le  abres  tu  corazón  a  Jesús

él  sí  te  recibirá  en  su  trono  celestial.

REMEMBER WHO YOU ARE

When you are in the company of unbelievers

you cannot  be  one of  them.

When nobody can see what you are doing

remember God can  see you.

When others are sinning  all around  you

you don’t have to participate.

When  temptations  appear before you

 take them captive immediately.

When  you stumble  and fall  into  sin

repent, ask God to forgive you.

When you have no idea what to do

ask, “What would Jesus Do?”

RECUERDA QUIEN ERES

Cuando te encuentres entre incrédulos

no puedes ser uno de ellos.

Cuando nadie ve lo que estás haciendo

recuerda que Dios sí  te ve.

Cuando estén pecando  a tu alrededor

tú no tienes que participar.

Cuando se te  aparezcan  tentaciones

tómalas  tú  en  cautiverio.

Cuando  el  pecado  te  haga  tropezar

arrepiéntete  de corazón.

Cuando no tengas una idea qué hacer

haz  lo  que  haría  Cristo.

WHY DID JESUS DIE?

He gave up His life for your sake.

He suffered because of His love for you.

He wanted to pay for your sins to set you free.

He died to save a  wayward son or  daughter – you.

He resurrected to give you a new life with Him in heaven.

¿POR QUÉ MURIÓ JESUCRISTO?

Jesús dio su vida para salvar la tuya.

Sufrió por el amor que te tiene a ti.

Lo hizo para  liberarte  del  pecado.

Murió  para salvar a un  hijo pródigo.

Resucitó  para  darte  una  nueva vida.

Recibe el sacrificio y vivirás eternamente

IT’S UP TO ME

What I see is up to me.

I can decide what to see and what not to see.

What I hear is up to me.

I control  whether  I  want  to  hear  something  or  not.

What  I say  is up  to me.

I am the only one who can decide what to say or not to say.

What  I do  is  up  to  me.

I am the only boss over my actions and what I do or do not do.

What I think  is up  to  me.

I can completely control my thoughts at any given moment.

What I believe is up to  me.

What I choose to believe or not believe is totally up to me.

Who should I associate with?

I am the only one who can really make those decisions.

DEPENDE DE MÍ

Lo que veo depende de mí.

Yo decido lo que  veo o no veo.

Lo que oigo  depende de mí.

Yo controlo  lo que debo  oír o no  oír.

Lo que digo  depende de  mí.

Sólo  yo puedo  decidir que decir o  no  decir.

Lo que  hago  depende de mí.

Soy patrón de mis acciones y  de todo lo que hago.

Lo que pienso depende de mí.

Nadie puede controlar mis pensamientos, solamente yo.

Lo  que  creo  depende de  mí.

En  lo que decido creer  o no creer depende  totalmente de mí.

¿Con  quién  debo asociarme?

Yo soy la  única  persona  quien puede  decidir  con quien  asociarme.

BECAUSE I AM GOD’S CHILD

Because I am God’s child

I declare that I have eternal life.

I decree that God’s blessings are mine.

I proclaim that Jesus’ blood covers my sins.

I can state that God’s wings are covering me.

I am assured that Jesus is preparing my mansion.

I can take my prayers to God whenever I have a need.

I am not afraid of dying because I will be going to heaven.

PORQUE SOY HIJO DE DIOS

Porque  soy  hijo  de  Dios

declaro  que  tengo  vida  eterna.

Decreto   bendiciones  de  Dios  para mí.

Proclamo la sangre de Dios sobre mis pecados.

Puedo  declarar  que  me  cubren  las  alas  de  Dios.

Estoy seguro que Jesucristo está preparando mi mansión.

Puedo llevarle mis peticiones a Dios cuando tengo necesidades.

No tengo temor de morir porque sé que me espera Dios en  el cielo.

YOU NEED GOD

Your family and the extended one are not enough

you need God.

Your friends and acquaintances are  not  enough

you need God.

Your wisdom to be honest is simply not enough

you need God.

Your intelligence and thinking are not enough

you need God.

Your employment or business is not enough

you need God.

Your talents and abilities are not enough

you need God.

Your wealth and fame are not enough

you need God.

Your good works are not enough

you need God.

Your religion is not enough

you need Jesus.

NECESITAS A DIOS

Tu familia inmediata y la extendida  no son lo suficiente

necesitas a Dios.

Ni tus buenos amigos ni tus conocidos  son lo suficiente

necesitas a Dios.

Tu sabiduría  por mucha  que tengas no  es lo  suficiente

necesitas a Dios.

Ni tu inteligencia ni tu modo de pensar son lo suficiente

necesitas a Dios.

Ni tu empleo ni el negocio que tengas son lo suficiente

necesitas a Dios.

Tus talentos y  tus habilidades no son lo suficiente

necesitas a Dios.

Ni tus riquezas ni  tu fama  son lo  suficiente

necesitas a Dios.

Tus buenas obras no son lo suficiente

necesitas a Dios.

Tu religión no es lo suficiente

necesitas a Jesús.

IF YOU DON’T BELIEVE IN GOD

If you don’t believe in a Creator God,

your ancestors were untamed animals,

this  life  is all  there  will  ever be for  you,

there is  no  way  you  can  have  eternal  life,

you will die in  your  sins  without  forgiveness,

you  cannot  pray  for  help in  your time of need,

you  will  live  a  hopeless  life  without  God’s  love,

and you  will go  through  the  first  and  second death,

which means you will be in the lake of fire with the devil.

SI NO CREES EN DIOS

Si  no  crees  en   nuestro   Creador,

esta  vida  será  la única que tú vivirás,

no será posible que tengas vida  eterna,

tus ancestros fueron animales ignorantes,

morirás  en  tus  pecados  sin  ser perdonado,

no le podrás  orar  a  Dios  por  tus  necesidades,

vivirás sin  esperanza  sin conocer el amor de Dios,

 no solamente  pasarás  por una  muerte sino  por dos;

 eso te mandará a pasar la eternidad en el lago de fuego.

MAGNIFY YOUR GOD

Worship God

for His unselfish righteousness.

Praise God

for the mercy He has had on you.

Thank God

for the salvation He extended to you.

Honor God

for He created you and everything else.

Exalt God

for all the  work He did  in  those six  days.

Serve God

so you can be about your Father’s business.

Talk to God

for He wants a personal relationship with you.

Glorify God

for He alone is worthy to be glorified and praised

MAGNIFICA A TU DIOS

Adora a Dios

 por su rectitud y justicia.

Alaba a Dios

por su misericordia contigo.

Gracias a Dios

por  la salvación  que te  ha dado.

Honra a Dios

por haberte creado y a todo lo demás.

Exalta a Dios

por la obra perfecta que hizo en seis días.

Sirve a Dios

para que puedas hacer la obra de Dios Padre.

Háblale a Dios

para  que  tengas  tu  relación  personal  con  él.

Glorifica a Dios

porque  sólo  él  merece ser  glorificado  y  adorado.

THAT’S WHAT I BELIEVE

I believe  in only one  God –

the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

I believe in one true Father –

the Father of  Jesus and of all Christians.

I believe in one Redeemer –

Jesus Christ  who  died  for us on  the cross.

I believe in one  salvation –

the  one  that  we accept  through  Jesus Christ.

I believe in one eternal life –

the one we’ll have with Jesus throughout eternity.

I don’t believe in any religion,

but I believe having a personal relationship with God.

I believe  in only  one gospel –

the one that was taught  by Jesus and  by His disciples.

 

ESO ES LO QUE CREO

Creo  sólo  en  un  Dios –

el Dios de Abraham, Isaac e Israel.

Creo sólo en un padre –

el padre de Jesús y de los cristianos.

Creo  en  un  redentor –

es Cristo quien  dio su  vida en  la  cruz.

Creo en una salvación –

la que recibimos  al aceptar a  Jesucristo.

Creo en la vida eterna –

la que pasaremos con Jesucristo en el cielo.

No creo en  religiones,

pero sí creo en tener relación directa con Dios.

Creo en un evangelio –

el  que  enseñaban  Jesucristo  y  sus  discípulos.

DO NOT BOAST

Do not boast on your accomplishments.

Thank God for blessing you.

Do not feel pious because of your goodness.

It’s God’s will for your life.

Do  beautify  or  embellish  your  righteousness.

It’s a gift from our God.

Do be exalted because of your spiritual awareness.

It’s the Holy Spirit in you.

Do  not  take pride in  or glorify  your acts  of  kindness.

You’re just imitating Jesus.

Do  not  feel  saintly  because  of  your  sufferings  for   God.

He  expects  that  from  us.

Do not be puffed  up  because  of  your money and  possessions.

God is simply blessing  you.

Do not complain about the  trials and tribulations you may be facing.

God is building your character.

Do not dwell on  your  past sins,  disobedience or  even  on  your  failures.

Jesus paid for them on the cross.

God  has omnipotent power,  omniscient wisdom and  is always omnipresent

but His greatness is in His love.

NO TE JACTES

No  te  jactes  de  tus   logros.

Dale  gracias  a  Dios.

No te sientas piadoso por tu bondad.

Es la voluntad de Dios.

No  embellezcas  ni  exaltes  tu   rectitud.

Es  un  regalo  de  Dios.

No te exaltes ni te jactes por tu espiritualidad.

Es el Espíritu Santo en ti

No te sientas envanecido por tu dinero y posesiones.

Dios  te  ha  bendecido.

 No te quejes de las pruebas o tribulaciones que te lleguen.

Te  edifican el  carácter.

No te enorgullezcas ni  te glorifiques  por tus  obras  de caridad.

Estás  imitando a Jesús.

No te sientas santificado porque estás sufriendo por la causa de Dios.

Dios  espera  eso  de   ti.

No habites con  los pecados,  desobediencia  ni con tus fracasos del  pasado.

Jesús los pagó en la cruz.

Dios tiene poder omnipotente, sabiduría omnisciente y siempre está omnipresente-

su grandeza está en su amor.

LIGHT AND DARKNESS

Ignorance is just lack of knowledge

but knowledge will bring light to your life.

Darkness  is  the  absence  of  light

and when light  comes darkness  disappears.

Darkness  comes during the night

but when  the sun comes the  darkness  flees.

Sin is the darkness the devil brings

but Jesus is the light that dispels that darkness.

LA LUZ Y LA OSCURIDAD

En ignorancia no hay conocimiento

y  sin éste no  llega la  luz a  tu  vida.

La oscuridad es la ausencia de luz

pero cuando la luz llega  desaparece.

La  oscuridad  llega por  la  noche -

desaparece cuando llega la luz del día.

El pecar es la oscuridad diabólica -

Cristo  es la luz divina que  nos ilumina.

SOMETHING BETTER

God wants more

for you than what you really have right now.

He wants to take

all your weaknesses and give you His strength .

He wants to turn

all the dreams you have for your life into realities.

His will is to rebuke

the hopelessness in your life and turn it into real hope.

He wants to convert

all your defeats into victories that only He can accomplish.

He desires to change

all those doubts  you are  festering  into  his absolute  truths.

He  yearns  to  see

you leave all your fears behind and place your confidence in Him

He  wants  to  dry

all those tears you shed and bring nothing but  happiness to your life.

It is His will to take

all  the problems you  are now  facing and  turn them into  opportunities.

But  most  of  all

He would love to see you accept His son Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.

ALGO MEJOR

El deseo de nuestro Dios

 para ti es mucho mejor de lo que tienes este día.

En realidad desea tomar

todas tus debilidades y darte su fortaleza.

Él quiere transformar

todos tus sueños y hacerlos realidades.

Sinceramente cambia

tus desesperanzas por esperanzas.

Quiere  convertir

tus  derrotas  en  puras  victorias.

Desea que olvides

todas tus dudas y  recibas sus verdades.

Es su voluntad

secarte todas tus lágrimas y darte sólo felicidad.

Le encantaría que

perdieras  todos tus  temores y  tuvieras pura fe en él.

Su grande deseo es

tomar todos tus problemas y cambiarlos por oportunidades.

Lo más importante

para él  es que tú  recibas a Jesucristo  como tu Señor y  Salvador

TURN TO GOD

When it seems that God is not present and does not hear you

remember when He helped you before.

When it actually seems that the whole world is against you

remember how you succeeded before.

When there seems to  be no glimmer of hope whatsoever

there’s a light at the end of the tunnel.

When you have absolutely  reached the end of your rope

God’s extending a helping hand to you.

When  all  the doors seem  to  be tightly  closed  to you

our God  can make a  brand new door.

When  everybody is enjoying  stepping all over  you

God will  pick  you  up and  bless  you.

When  you  will not  see  any  reason  to  go   on

God will be the only reason you need.

ACÉRCATE A DIOS

Cuando parezca que Dios se haya alejado y no te oiga

recuerda  las veces que te  ha ayudado.

Cuando parezca que todo el mundo está en tu contra

recuerda todos tus éxitos ya cumplidos.

Cuando no tengas  ni siquiera un rayito de esperanza

busca esa luz que está al final del túnel.

Cuando parezca que la cuerda ya no puede resistirte

Dios extiende su brazo para sostenerte.

Cuando creas que todas  las puertas estén cerradas

Dios  puede  construirte  una nuevecita.

Cuando  todos  disfruten  atropellarte  y   pisotearte

Dios mismo te levantará y te bendecirá.

Cuando  tú  no  veas o tengas una razón  por  existir

Dios será  y te

THAT’S WHO I AM

I am a believer

in the Creator of heavens and earth.

I am a follower

of the Son of God the Lord Jesus Christ.

I am a servant

of the Kingdom of the Most High God.

I am a soldier

in  the  Army  of  my  Lord Jesus.

I am a citizen

of  the kingdom of  heaven.

I am an heir

to the  throne of God.

I am a son

of the Living God.

That is

who I am.

ESE ES QUIEN SOY

Soy creyente

del Creador de los cielos y la tierra.

Soy seguidor

del Hijo de Dios- Jesucristo.

Soy servidor

del reino del Santísimo.

Soy soldado

del ejercito de Dios.

Soy heredero

con mi Señor Jesús.

Soy ciudadano

del reino de los cielos.

Soy hijo

del único Dios verdadero.

Ese es

quien verdaderamente soy yo.

JUST BELIEVE

If you repent

you will bring happiness to God.

His forgiveness

is what can certainly set you free.

Talk to Him

and He will definitely listen to you.

Pray to Him

and He  will  answer  your  prayers.

Invoke His name

and the Lord Jesus will be with you.

SIMPLEMENTE CREE

Si te arrepientes

le dará mucha alegría a Dios.

Si le pides perdón

todo pecado él te perdonará.

Si le hablas a Dios

él siempre te va a escuchar.

Si  le  oras  en  fe

te responderá tus oraciones.

Si invocas a Jesús

el Señor Dios estará contigo.

GOD WANTS A RELATIONSHIP WITH YOU

God wants to have an intimate relationship with you

Will you accept His friendship?

God would definitely love to hear your voice.

Will you start talking to Him?

God is willing and longing to forgive you.

Will you  receive it  in  faith?

God desires for  you to be His child.

Will you love Him as Father?

God really wants to sanctify you.

Claim   that   sanctification.

God  can  heal  you if  you are ill.

Will you pray for a healing?

God  has  many  blessings  for  you.

Will   you  seek  them  out?

God  has  an  anointing  ready for you.

Will you activate your faith?

God’s  will is  to  cleanse  and  purify  you.

Will you allow  Him to do it?

Jesus Christ suffered, died and paid for your sins.

Will you accept Him as Lord?

DIOS DESEA TENER UNA RELACIÓN CONTIGO

Dios  desea  tener  una  relación  íntima  contigo.

¿Aceptarás  su  invitación?

Dios desea santificarte para que estés en su reino.

¿Clamarás esa santificación?

Dios puede sanarte de cualquier mal que padezcas.

¿Le  pedirás  que  te  ayude?

La voluntad de Dios  es de limpiarte y  purificarte.

¿Le permitirás que lo haga?

Jesucristo sufrió, murió y pago por tus pecados.

¿Aceptarás lo que hizo por ti?

Dios tiene tu unción preparada de antemano.

¿Tratarás  de  activar  tu  fe?

Dios tiene innumerables bendiciones para ti.

¿Irás  tú  en  pos  de  ellas?

Dios desea que lo aceptes como tu Padre.

¿Lo amarás como su  hijo?

Dios definitivamente quisiera oír tu voz.

¿Comenzarás  a  hablarle?

Dios quiere, desea y espera perdonarte.

¿Recibirás su perdón en fe?

HAPPINESS COMES

Happiness begins when

you  know  who you  are  as  a  person.

Harmony is yours when

you  are  at  peace  with  everyone.

You can do well when

you have confidence in yourself.

You are satisfied when

you have everything you need.

 God  is  happy  when

you love Him and love others.

You are at your best

when you are in good health.

You feel  good when

you are doing what you enjoy.

You  are lucky  when

everything is going right for you.

You are blessed when

others are pouring blessings on you.

You are pleasing God when

you are obeying Him in what you are doing.

You will have salvation when

you receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.

LA FELICIDAD LLEGA

La felicidad te llegará cuando

entiendas de verdad quien eres como persona.

La armonía será tuya cuando

 estés en paz con todo y todos en el mundo.

Estarás bien satisfecho cuando

tengas todo lo que tú  puedas necesitar.

Harás a Dios muy feliz cuando

lo  ames a  él  y  ames  a  los  demás.

Eres  afortunado  cuando

todo,  y digo  todo,  te sale bien.

Estarás bendecido cuando

otros te cubran  con sus bendiciones.

Darás lo máximo de ti cuando

tengas la máxima confianza en ti mismo.

Das  lo  mejo r de  ti  cuando

estás  en  buena  y  completa  buena  salud.

Complaces a Dios cuando

lo obedeces en lo que sea que estés haciendo.

Te has de sentir bien cuando

estás  haciendo  lo  que en  realidad te da felicidad.

Tendrás salvación cuando

recibas a Jesucristo como tu Señor, Redentor y Salvador.

BLESSED IS HE

Seeing is he

who  believes  in  God.

Wise is he

who repents of all his sins.

Lucky is he

whose life is in  God’s  hands.

Blessed is he

who God chooses  for salvation.

Fortunate is he

whose sins are completely forgiven.

Sanctified is he

who  will  not  see  the  second  death.

Salvation has he

who receives Christ as his Lord and Savior.

Glorified will be he

who  will  receive  the  crown  of  salvation.

BENDECIDO ES

Vidente es

el que  cree en Dios.

Sabio  lo es

el que  está  arrepentido.

Tendrá suerte

el que  le  dé su  vida  a Dios.

Bendecido es

el que Dios  escoge para salvarlo.

Afortunado es

al  que Dios le  perdona  sus  pecados.

Santificado es

el que no  pasará  por la segunda  muerte.

Salvación tiene

el que recibe a Jesús como su Señor y Salvador.

Glorificado será

el  que  reciba  la  corona  de salvación  en  el  cielo.

FEEL SORRY FOR A MAN

Feel sorry for a man

who  refuses to  believe  in  God.

Understand a man

who has not heard about God.

Have mercy for a man

who does  not yet  know God.

Rescue  any  man

who has been  blinded by  sin.

Have pity on a man

who falls into the hands of God.

Be a light to a man

who has been deceived by religion.

 Feel joy for a man

who makes Jesus His Lord and Savior.

 

QUE TE DÉ LÁSTIMA

Ten lástima con el hombre

quien  se  niega  creer  en Dios.

Trata de entender al hombre

quien no ha oído hablar de Dios.

Ten misericordia con el hombre

quien jamás  ha conocido a Dios.

Rescata a cualquier hombre

quien ha sido cegado por pecado.

Ten compasión con el hombre

quien  cae  en  las  manos  de  Dios.

Debes  ser  luz para el  hombre

quien ha sido engañado por religión.

Regocíjate por cualquier hombre

que  reciba  a  Cristo  en   su  corazón.

JESUS IS GREATER

The  love of Jesus

is greater than your disobedience.

The ways of  Christ

are much higher than your ways.

The  wisdom  of God

is greater than your intelligence.

The truth of God’s Son

is  greater  than  your  doubts.

The Redeemer’s power

is greater  than  your  illness.

 What Jesus can provide

is greater than your needs.

The grace of our God

is greater than your sins.

Life in Jesus

is greater than death.

JESUCRISTO ES MÁS GRANDE

Lo  que  Dios  provee

es mucho más grande que tus necesidades.

El amor de Jesucristo

es más  grande que  tu  desobediencia.

Los  caminos  de Dios

son mucho más altos que los tuyos.

La sabiduría  del  Señor

es más grande que tu inteligencia.

Las  verdades  de  Jesús

son más grandes que tus dudas.

El poder sanador de Dios

es más grande que tu enfermedad.

La gracia de nuestro Dios

es más grande que todos tus pecados.

La  vida  en  Cristo  Jesús

es más grande que  el sepulcro y la muerte

LORD, HAVE MERCY

When  sin  overtakes  me

Lord, have mercy.

When the devil  attacks me

Lord, have mercy.

When  everything looks bleak

Lord, have mercy.

When I forget  I am a Christian

Lord, have mercy.

When I don’t feel your presence

Lord, have mercy.

When  I  pass  on  from  this world

Lord, have mercy.

When I come before your judgment

Lord, have mercy.

SEÑOR, TEN MISERICORDIA

Cuando el diablo me ataque como león rugiente

Señor, ten misericordia.

Cuando,  por la razón que sea,  el pecado me domine

Señor, ten misericordia.

Cuando a  mí  todo  me  parezca  deprimente  en  mi  vida

Señor, ten misericordia.

Cuando se me olvide, por la razón que sea,  que soy cristiano

Señor, ten misericordia.

Cuando no sienta  tu presencia por  alguna razón u otra

Señor, ten misericordia.

Cuando  abandone  este mundo y me vaya  al  otro

Señor, ten misericordia.

Cuando yo esté frente a ti en el juicio final

Señor, ten misericordia.

GOD’S GRACE IS ENOUGH FOR YOU

If you  feel your  enemy is  too strong  for you

God’s grace is enough.

If you think all your sins cannot be forgiven

God’s grace is enough.

If you believe that no one really loves you

God’s grace is enough.

If you are down  and you  feel defeated

God’s grace is enough.

If everyone  has  turned his  back on you

God’s grace is enough.

If all the doors are closed without a way out

God’s grace is enough.

If you have given up on the world and on yourself

God’s grace is enough.

LA GRACIA DE DIOS ES SUFICIENTE PARA TI

Si te sientes como que no le importas a nadie

la gracia de Dios es suficiente.

Si piensas que tu enemigo es más  fuerte que tú

la gracia de Dios es suficiente.

Si estás  caído y  te sientes  totalmente  derrotado

la gracia de Dios es suficiente.

Si crees que tus pecados no pueden ser perdonados

la gracia de Dios es suficiente.

Si todos se te  han volteado  y te han  dado  la espalda

la gracia de Dios es suficiente.

Si todas las puertas se  te han cerrado y no tienes salida

la gracia de Dios es suficiente.

Si te has dado por vencido y has perdido la confianza en ti

la gracia de Dios es suficiente.

IT’S BY GOD

It’s by God’s will that I repented

from  being  a sinner.

It’s by God’s love that He called me

while I was  still in  sin.

It’s by God’s grace that I won’t go to hell

for the wrong I’ve done.

It’s by God’s mercy that He forgave  my sins

so I  can go  to heaven.

It’s by God’s compassion that I am not punished

but have everlasting life.

ES POR DIOS

Por la voluntad de Dios me arrepentí

de todos mis pecados.

Es por  el amor  de Dios  que él me llamó

estando yo en el pecado.

Es por la gracia de Dios que no iré al infierno

por los males que he hecho.

Es por la misericordia de Dios  que me  perdonó

para que  yo  pueda  ir  al  cielo.

Es por la compasión de Dios  que no seré castigado

sino  que tendré vida eterna con él.

GOD IS THERE TOO

If I go into the deepest part of the earth

God is there.

If I go into  the farthest   place  in outer space

God is there.

If I go to East  Antartica  the coldest place on earth

God is there.

If I go to the hottest and loneliest desert on our planet

God is there.

If I go  to  the  brightest  spot  in  our  solar  system

God is there.

If  I hide  in  the darkest  cave in  our  universe

God is there.

If I  go  to  the  holiest  place  in  heaven

God is there.

If I go to the darkest place in hell

God is not there.

If I look inside my being

God is there.

DIOS ESTA ALLÍ TAMBIÉ

Si voy al lugar más lejano del espacio

Dios está allí.

Si voy a Antártica el lugar más frío del planeta

Dios está allí.

Si voy al lugar más iluminado de nuestro sistema solar

Dios está allí.

Si me escondo en la caverna más oscura de nuestro universo

Dios está allí.

Si voy al desierto más cálido, inhospitable e inhabitable

Dios está allí.

Si  voy  al  lugar  más  caliente del  lago de fuego

Dios no está allí.

Si  voy  a  lo  más  profundo  de  la   tierra

Dios está allí.

Si voy al sitio más sagrado del cielo

Dios está allí.

Si miro dentro de mi ser

Dios está allí.

I AM A CHILD OF GOD

I am a child of God

because He called me.

I am a child of God

because He created  me.

I am a child of God

because  He adopted  me.

I am a child of God

because  Jesus died for  me.

I am a child of God

because He sincerely loves me.

I am a child of God

because  Jesus paid  for all my  sins.

I am a child of God

because Jesus resurrected from the dead.

I am a child of God

because I received Jesus as my Lord and Savior.

SOY HIJO DE DIOS

Soy hijo de Dios

porque  me  creó.

Soy hijo de Dios

porque él me llamó.

Soy hijo de Dios

porque  él me adoptó.

Soy hijo de Dios

porque Jesús murió por mí.

Soy hijo de Dios

porque me ama con eterno amor.

Soy hijo de Dios

Porque Jesucristo pagó por mis pecados.

Soy hijo de Dios

porque Jesucristo resucitó de entre los muertos.

Soy hijo de Dios

porque acepté a Jesucristo como mi Señor y Salvador.

LORD, HAVE MERCY ON ME

Lord,  every  time  that  I  fail  you

have compassion on me.

Lord, because sometimes I am blind

please have mercy on me.

Lord,  because I fall  short  quite often

have  pious  pity on  me.

Lord, because I cannot live a sinless life

let your grace fall on me.

Lord, because I transgress even  unaware

be very patient with me.

Lord, when I begin to move away from You

bring  me  back  to  You.

Lord, when I take the wrong fork on the road

get  me back  on course.

Lord, when I leave this  world for the next one

let your favor be on me.

Lord,  when I fall into sin through my  ignorance

be  extremely kind to me.

Lord,  I will  be under  Your complete  indulgence

on  Your  Judgment  Day.

SEÑOR, TEN MISERICORDIA CONMIGO

Señor Dios,  cada vez que yo le falle

tenga compasión conmigo.

Señor, porque a veces tengo ceguera

tenga misericordia conmigo.

Señor, porque transgredo contra usted

practique su paciencia en mí.

Señor, porque siempre me quedo corto

tenga mucha  piedad  de  mí.

Señor,  cuando  yo  comience a  alejarme

regréseme prontito a su lado.

Señor, cuando tome el camino equivocado

recuerde  que yo soy su  hijo.

Señor,  si caigo  en el pecado  por ignorancia

perdóneme  por  su  bondad.

Señor, cuando deje yo este mundo por el otro

que  halle  favor  en  sus  ojos.

Señor, porque no puedo vivir una vida sin pecar

que su  gracia caiga sobre  mí.

Señor, cuando nos llegue el Día del Juicio a todos

su indulgencia estará conmigo.

BECAUSE OF WHO HE IS

I am righteous

not because of who I am

but because of who my God is.

I love  people

not because of who I am

but  because my  God  is love.

I  have  light

but I am not the source

my Lord Jesus  is  the source.

I forgive men

not  because I am nice

but because God forgave me.

I live by faith –

that faith is not in me

but it’s in the only living God.

I decide correctly

not by my intelligence

but by  the wisdom of  God.

I have salvation

not by worldly deeds

but by the blood of my Lord

POR QUIEN ES EL

Soy muy justo

no por quién soy yo

sino por quien es mi Dios.

Amo a la gente

no por quién soy yo

sino porque  Dios es amor.

Decido bien –

no por inteligencia

sino por sabiduría de Dios.

Reflejo la  luz

pero no soy su fuente.

La fuente es Dios mi Señor.

Yo perdono

no porque soy bueno

sino porque Dios me perdonó.

Vivo por fe

pero no es fe en mí

sino fe en mi Señor y Salvador.

Sé que soy salvo

no por obras mundanas

sino por la sangre del Cordero.

HOW NEAR IS GOD TO YOU?

How near is God to you?

Near enough to be your companion.

How  far can  God hear?

Far enough  to  hear  your  prayers.

How  kind  can  God  be?

Kind enough to forgive all your sins.

How long is God’s arm?

Long enough to pick you up in need.

How strong is God’s light?

Strong enough to light up your path.

How  far  can  God  see?

Far enough to see everything you do.

How deep is God’s love?

Deep enough to let His Son die for you.

How  wise  is  our  God?

Wise  enough  not to fall  into human sin.

How  intelligent is  God?

Intelligent  enough  to  create  the  universe.

How much does God know?

He knows everything that has, is and will happen.

¿QUÉ TAN CERCA ESTÁ DIOS DE TI?

¿Qué tan cerca está Dios de ti?

Lo suficiente para ser tu compañero.

¿Qué tan lejos puede oír Dios?

Lo suficiente para  oír tus  oraciones.

¿Qué tan amable es el Señor?

Bastante para perdonar tus pecados.

¿Cuánto alumbra la luz de Dios?

Lo suficiente para alumbrar tu sendero.

¿Es  larga  la  mano  de   Dios?

Lo suficiente para  ayudarte a levantarte.

¿Qué tan lejos puede ver Dios?

Lo suficiente  para  ver todo lo  que  haces.

¿Qué tan profundo es su amor?

Lo suficiente para  que su Hijo muriera por ti.

¿Qué tan sabio es nuestro Dios?

Lo suficiente para  no pecar  como  los hombres.

¿Qué  tan  inteligente es  Dios?

Lo suficiente para crear todo el universo de la nada.

¿En realidad, cuánto sabe Dios?

Sabe todo lo que hay que saber sobre todo lo que existe.

CANNOT OCCUPY SAME SPACE

Darkness and light

cannot occupy the same space.

One has to leave.

Hatred and love

cannot be in the same person.

One dominates.

Sadness and joy

have no  compatibility at all.

One has  to flee.

Right and wrong

cannot be found together.

Cannot happen.

Lies  and  truth

have nothing in common.

A lie is just that.

Night  and  day

will never ever be together.

Different shifts.

Satan and God

will never be of one accord.

Satan is just evil

and God is holy.

NO OCUPAN EL MISMO ESPACIO

La oscuridad y la luz

no  pueden ocupar  el  mismo espacio.

Una tiene que irse.

El  odio  y  el  amor

no pueden estar en la misma persona.

Uno expulsa al otro.

La tristeza y el regocijo

no  pueden  existir  simultáneamente.

Uno tiene que huir.

La maldad y el bien

no  se  encuentran  de  compañeros.

Eso  jamás  sucede.

La mentira y la verdad

no se pueden decir al mismo tiempo.

Es  una  o  la  otra.

La  noche  y  el  día

jamás se han reunido y ni lo harán.

Diferentes funciones.

Satanás y Dios Padre

jamás estarán de común acuerdo.

El diablo es sólo malo

y Dios es todo bueno.

GOD’S LOVE ENDURES FOREVER

I love  God  for his ever unfailing  compassion

for his love endures forever.

I always praise God for his righteousness –

his justice endures forever.

I will always call on the name of my  Lord

for no other name suffices.

I obey God for his righteous judgment –

his  wisdom  is  everlasting.

I worship God for his sacred holiness –

his divinity lasts forever.

I trust God for his eternal faithfulness;

 his word lives eternally.

I exalt God for his sincere meekness

and for his true humility.

I will always live by Bible principles.

God  gave  them  to  us.

EL AMOR DE DIOS ES ETERNO

Amo a Dios por su compasión

y porque su amor permanece eternamente.

Alabo a mi Señor por su  justicia

y porque esa justicia  permanece para  siempre.

Obedezco a Dios en su juicio justo

porque  él todo lo  juzga  con  su excelente  sabiduría.

Exalto a mi Dios  por su  humildad

y por su verdadera mansedumbre que demostró en la cruz.

Siempre viviré por principios bíblicos

que Dios nos dejó en sus escrituras y que Jesucristo los vivió.

Confío en Dios por su eterna fidelidad

 y porque su  palabra  se cumplirá  por  toda la  eternidad.

Siempre invoco el nombre de mi Señor

porque su nombre está sobre cualquier otro nombre.

Adoro  a  Dios  por  su  sagrada  santidad

porque su divinidad permanecerá eternamente.

THAT’S THE WAY GOD IS

To the Sinners

God is forgiveness and eternal life.

To  the  lost

He is the way,  the truth and the life.

To the weak

He  is strength,  power  and  assistance.

To the poor

He  is  relief,  a refuge  and  their  provision.

To the sick

He  is the medicine,  the doctor and  the healer.

To the lonely

He  is a shoulder to cry on,  a  companion  and  a friend.

To an unbeliever

Jesus is a stumbling block, his only chance and his final judge.

To a godly parent

He is his spouse,  his children, his employment and God.

To the single mother

He is the  sustainer,  the advisor  and  her  husband.

To the pastor

He is the Bible, his church and the congregation.

To the farmer

He  is  the seed , the  rain  and the  harvest.

To the oppressed

He is safety, deliverance and freedom.

ASÍ ES DIOS

Para los pecadores

Dios es el perdón y la vida eterna.

Para los perdidos

él es  el camino,  la verdad  y la vida.

Para los débiles

él es la fuerza, el poder  y su asistencia.

Para el pastor

es la biblia,  su iglesia  y su  congregación.

Para los oprimidos

él es su seguridad,  su rescate  y su  libertad.

Para el incrédulo

es piedra de tropiezo,  única oportunidad y juez.

Para los padres creyentes

él es su pareja, sus hijos, su empleo y su único Dios.

Para los pobres

nuestro  Dios es descanso,  refugio  y  provisión.

A los abandonados

él  los oye  como  amigo y,  los  acompaña.

Para la madre soltera

es su sustento, su consejero y su esposo.

Para el granjero

él es la semilla, la lluvia y la cosecha.

Para los enfermos

es medicina,  médico  y  sanación.

I BELIEVE IN HIM

I always obey the Lord my God

and   He   sustains   me.

I believe in the Lord Jesus Christ

for my eternal salvation.

I put all my trust on the Lord Jesus

and He  never fails  me.

My eternal hope is  in the Lord Jesus

and  I  will live eternally.

My faith  is  entirely  on  the Lord God.

Therefore He blesses me.

My life is in the hands of my Lord Jesus

and  He  handles  it  well.

YO CREO EN ÉL

Siempre obedezco a mi Señor

y él  me  sostiene.

Creo  en  el  Señor  Jesucristo

para mi salvación.

Pongo  mi confianza en Dios

y él  no  me  falla.

M i esperanza está  en Jesús

para mi salvación.

Toda mi fe está en Jesucristo

y  soy  bendecido.

En  sus  manos  mi vida  está

y él la maneja bien.

GOD’S WORD

Father God,

Your word lights up my path

as it shoves away the darkness.

It shows me  the right way

as it goes with me everywhere.

It dispels all the blindness

that  the  world  hurls  at   me.

I  simply do  not  stumble

because your word guides me.

The  narrow  road  I  find

because  your  word leads me.

Heaven bound I will be

through Jesus the word of God.

LA PALABRA DE DIOS

Dios Padre,

tu palabra ilumina mi sendero

al remover la oscuridad de mi camino.

Me enseña la correcta dirección

ya  que ella me  acompaña  fielmente.

Ella dispersa todas  las mentiras

que  este  mundo  me está arrojando.

Simplemente  no  me   tropiezo

porque  tu  palabra  es  guía  para mí.

El camino angosto yo encontré

porque tu palabra fue la que me guió.

Algún  día  al  cielo  yo  arribaré

por  Jesucristo – tu  palabra  viviente.

DON’T QUIT DREAMING

If  life has given  you the pits  and not  the cherries

enjoy the pits.

Although  life may seem like a  nightmare to you

don’t quit dreaming.

If the pitcher of life has  thrown a curve at you

learn  to  hit  it.

If  you are not  enjoying  this life like a party

don’t quit dancing.

If  life has given  you nothing but  lemons,

sell  lemonade.

If all your plans have gone down South

you  go  North.

If  all  you  have  are  sour  grapes

make good wine.

NO DEJES DE SOÑAR

Si  la vida te da las semillas y  no la naranja

disfruta las semillas.

Si el lanzador de la vida te  tira una  curva

aprende  a  pegarle.

Si todos tus planes se  han despedazado

junta  los  pedazos.

Si la vida te ha dado solamente limones

haz buena limonada.

Aunque  la vida parezca una  pesadilla

no  dejes  de  soñar.

Si la vida no es una gran fiesta para ti

no dejes de bailar.

Si solamente te quedan uvas agrias

haz un buen vino.

IT WILL PASS

You may be feeling extremely sad

but that will pass.

You may be  experiencing difficulties

but they will pass.

You can be hurting  extremely bad now

but  it  will  pass.

You  may  be  going  through  an  injustice

but  it  will  pass.

You may be lamenting a loss of a dear one.

but that will pass.

Maybe you are  suffering a lot physically

that too will pass.

It may be a  time of  sorrow  for  you

but  it  will  pass.

Maybe it’s  your time for crying

but  it  will  pass.

No matter how old you are

this life will pass.

 

 ESO TAMBIÉN PASARÁ

Tal  vez  te  sientas  muy  triste

pero  eso  pasará.

Es posible que pases por dificultades

pero  ya  pasarán.

Posiblemente  te  sientas muy lastimado

pero  eso  pasará.

Puedes estar presenciando injusticias severas

pero esas pasarán.

Si estás  de luto por  la muerte de un ser querido

ese luto te pasará.

Es probable que estés  sufriendo  mucho físicamente

pero pronto pasará.

El destino te puede haber traído un tiempo muy amargo

y ya está  por pasar.

Tal vez sea el tiempo para que te desahogues de todo  y llores

pero también pasará.

No importa tu edad,  que tan saludable  estés  o que tan rico seas

esta vida se te acabará.

THAT’S NOT IT

You can be very religious

 and wind up in hell.

You can know many people

and  be  lonesome.

You can be extremely wealthy

 but spiritually broke.

You can participate in lots of sex

and  not  know  love.

You can be more than intelligent

and   be  very  unwise.

You can be the strongest one physically

and be emotionally weak.

ESO NO ES

Puedes conocer miles de personas

pero te sientes muy solo.

Puedes ser la persona más inteligente

pero vacío de sabiduría.

Puedes  ser  extremadamente  religioso

y descender al infierno.

Puedes tener sexo con miles de personas

y no  conocer el  amor.

Puedes  ser el más  rico  de  todo  el  mundo

y espiritualmente vacío.

Físicamente puedes ser la persona más fuerte

pero débil emocionante.

GOD DIDN’T GIVE ME THAT

God did  not give  me a spirit of  fear

but one of courage.

God did not instill in me a spirit of unbelief

but one of believing.

God did not provide  me  with a spirit of  hatred

but  a  spirit  of  love.

God did not make available to me a spirit of sadness

but  rather  one  of  joy.

God did not empower me with the spirit of hopelessness

but  with  the  one of  hope.

God did not come for me to be lacking the basic necessities

but for me to live in abundance.

God did not  furnish me with  the  spirit of  inconsistency

but with the one of consistency.

God   did  not  anoint  me  with  the  spirit  of  quitting

but  with one  of  persevering

God  did  not  equip  me  with  the  spirit  of  doubt

but with one of confidence.

God did not  envision me with a  spirit of  losing

but with one of winning.

God did not give His Son for me to go to hell

but  to go  to  heaven

IF EVOLUTION IS TRUE

If evolution is true

were your ancestors worms or apes?

If evolution is true

were you completely ignorant at one point?

If evolution is true

will the human race evolve into something else?

If evolution is true

will the animals keep on evolving into human beings?

If evolution is true

will there be no animals once all  of  them have evolved?

SI LA EVOLUCIÓN ES VERDADERA

Si la evolución es verdadera

¿tus antepasados fueron lombrices o gorilas?

Si la evolución es verdadera

¿fuiste completamente ignorante en un tiempo?

Si la evolución es verdadera

¿la raza humana evolucionará  a ser algo diferente?

Si la evolución es verdadera

¿los animales evolucionarán hasta ser gente humana?

Si la evolución es verdadera

¿existirán  animales  ya  que  todos  hayan evolucionado?

I LOOKED IN THE MIRROR

I looked in my mirror

and what did I actually see?

I saw a sinner looking back at me.

I looked in God’s mirror

and what did I actually see?

I saw a saint looking back at me.

Then I looked at myself

and what did I really see?

I saw God’s  grace all  over me.

MIRÉ EN EL ESPEJO

Miré en mi espejo

¿y qué creen que yo miré?

I LOOKED IN THE MIRROR

I looked in my mirror

and what did I actually see?

I saw a sinner looking back at me.

I looked in God’s mirror

and what did I actually see?

I saw a saint looking back at me.

Then I looked at myself

and what did I really see?

I saw God’s  grace all  over me.

MIRÉ EN EL ESPEJO

Miré en mi espejo

¿y qué creen que yo miré?

Vi un pecador mirándome a mí.

En el espejo de Dios

¿Qué creen que yo miré?

Vi a un santo mirándome a mí.

Me vi  a mi  mismo

¿y de verdad qué miré?

Miré  la gracia de Dios en mí.

YOU CANNOT DO IT

You cannot clean yourself from sin

only Jesus can do that.

You cannot forgive your own sins

only Jesus can do that.

You cannot even change yourself

but  Jesus  can  do  it.

You cannot  save your  own  soul

only Jesus can do that.

You cannot  be saved  by works

but you can by grace.

NO PUEDES HACERLO

No  puedes limpiarte del  pecado

sólo Jesús puedo hacerlo.

No puedes perdonar tus pecados

sólo Jesús puede hacerlo.

No  puedes cambiar lo que  eres

sólo Jesús puede hacerlo.

No puedes  salvarte a ti  mismo

sólo Jesús puede hacerlo.

No puedes  ser  salvo por obras

 sino por la gracia de dios.

I LOVE GOD FOR 100,000 REASONS

I love Gove because He created the world

but also because He created me.

I love God because He  shed His blood for me

and because  He covers all  my sins.

I love my Lord   because He  gave His  life for me

and  also  for  giving  me  eternal  life.

I love  God because He left  the Bible with  His word

and because that word lives inside of me.

I love my Lord because He is  preparing  a  home for me

but also  because the Holy Spirit  lives in  me.

I love God  because  He  became a  human just  to  save  us

but  also because soon He is coming back for  us.

I  love  God  for  more  than  one  hundred  thousand  reasons

but  most  of  all  I  love  Him  for  being  who  He  is.

AMO A DIOS POR CIEN MIL RAZONES

Yo amo a Dios porque él creó el mundo

y también porque me creó a mí.

Amo a Dios porque derramó su sangre

y por la misma me limpió a mí.

Amo  al  Señor  por dar su vida  por mí

y por  proveerme  vida  eterna.

Amo  a  Dios  por  dejarnos  su palabra

y porque la palabra vive en mí.

Amo a Dios  por  prepararme  morada

para que  algún día  viva con él.

Amo a Dios por convertirse en humano

para   enseñarnos   cómo   vivir.

Amo a dios por más de cien mil razones

pero sobre todo lo amo por ser él.

MY FAITH IS IN JESUS ONLY

I put my trust in Jesus

not on temporary things.

I believe in my Lord

not on Darwin’s  evolution.

My faith is  in Jesus

not on  earthly sinking sand.

I only pray to Jesus

not  to some  worthless  idols.

I  cling  on  to Jesus

not to money or material things.

TENGO FE EN JESUCRISTO

Me  aferro a  mi Jesús

no  al  dinero ni  a  las  cosas materiales.

Creo  en  el  Creador

no en la tonta evolución de Darwin.

Confío  en Jesucristo

no  en  las  cosas  temporáneas.

Tengo la fe en Jesús

no  en  la  arena  movediza.

Yo le ora a mi Dios

no a ídolos inservibles.

FAITH WILL PREVAIL

Where there is  much fear

if you let confidence in

it will prevail.

Where  there is  real hate

if you let love come in

it will prevail.

Where there is  darkness

if you let the light in

it will prevail.

Where   the   devil   rules

if  you  let  Jesus  in

He will prevail.

Where there is confusion

if you seek the truth

it will prevail.

When you are not certain

if you pray in faith

it will prevail.

LA FE PREVALECERÁ

Donde hay temor

si permites que entre la confianza

ella prevalecerá.

Donde hay odio

si permites que entre el amor

éste prevalecerá.

En la oscuridad

si permites que llegue la luz

ella prevalecerá

Si el diablo está

ábrele la puerta a Jesús y

él prevalecerá.

Si estás confuso

busca la verdad en Dios

y prevalecerás.

Si estás inseguro

órale a Dios con mucha fe

y prevalecerás

LOOK FOR JESUS

If the seeds of evolution have been planted in you,

stop watering them.

If the darkness of sin is obscuring your  godly vision,

start to read the Bible.

If  you have placed Jesus in the valley of  indifference,

get Him out of there.

If the long tentacles of the devil have a tight grip on you,

repent and seek Jesus.

If you can’t see  Jesus because of  the forest of busyness,

chop down the trees.

 If the trails of confusion are  leading you in the wrong  path,

find the way in Jesus.

Because you really don’t know when death may come to you,

turn to the Lord Jesus.

If you have lost Jesus somewhere in the shadows of your mind,

seek Him in the sunlight.

BUSCA A JESUCRISTO

Si  la  semilla  de  la  evolución  te  ha  sido  sembrada,

no la riegues.

Si la oscuridad del  pecado te  ha quitado  la visión,

ve  a la  biblia.

Si has puesto a Jesús en el valle de la indiferencia,

sácalo  de  allí.

Si no puedes ver a Jesús por el bosque de trabajo,

corta los árboles.

Si en las veredas de confusión te encuentras perdido,

busca la de Jesús.

Si has perdido  a  Jesucristo  en  las  tinieblas de  tu  mente,

lo hallará s en la luz.

Si los lacayos del mismo diablo te tienen atrapado fuertemente,

arrepiéntete  este día.

Porque no sabes  cuándo te llegue el día de  rendirle  cuentas  a Dios,

acércate a él hoy mismo.

GOD WANT ME TO BE HAPPY

God wants me to be happy

because when I  am truly happy

I make others happy.

God wants me to have faith

because when I have real  faith

He can work through me.

God   wants   me   to  pray

because  when I  pray in faith

He will do His  miracles.

God wants me to prosper

so when  prosperity  comes

I can help the needy.

DIOS DESEA QUE ESTÉ CONTENTO

Dios desea que yo esté contento

porque  cuando  soy  feliz

hago a otros felices.

Dios desea que tenga mucha fe

porque cuando tengo esa fe

puede obrar en mí.

Dios desea que ore  bastante

porque  cuando  oro así

hace sus Milagros.

Dios desea que yo  prospere

porque  si  yo prospero

ayudo al necesitado.

I DON’T WANT TO BE SO INTELLIGENT

I do not want  to be learned  and educated

that  I don’t  believe  in God.

I don’t want to be so intelligent and think

that  I only believe in myself.

I don’t want to be so educated and wise

that  I cannot  live  by  faith.

I do not want to be so good and pious

to think I don’t need God.

I do not  want to b e so successful

to think I did it by myself.

NO QUIERO SER TAN INTELIGENTE

Jamás quiero ser tan erudito y educado

que no crea en Dios.

No quiero ser  tan inteligente ni pensar

que solo crea en mí.

No quiero pensar que yo sea tan sabio

para no vivir por fe.

No quiero ser tan bueno tan piadoso

y no necesitar a Dios.

No quiero tener tanto éxito ni fama

que crea que lo hice yo.

LET IT BE IN ME

Let there be light around me

and let it come from me.

Let there be joy where I may be

and let it be spread by me.

Let there be lots of love in the world

and let some be found in me.

Let there be peace on this earth

and let it begin in me.

Let there be humility in men

and let it be in me.

QUE ESTÉ EN MÍ

Que haya luz donde yo esté

y que salga de mí.

Que haya regocijo alrededor de mí

y  que lo lleve  yo.

Que haya mucho amor en este mundo

y que lo sienta yo.

Que haya abundancia de humildad

primeramente en mí.

 Que haya paz en esta tierra

empezando en mí.

SIMPLY HONOR GOD

Honor God

if you are intelligent or not so intelligent.

Praise God

if you are in good  health or  if you are not.

Exalt God

if everything is working out  or  going wrong.

Worship God

if you are in a church or wherever you may be.

Thank God

for the good experiences  and for the  bad ones.

Serve God

when  you feel like it  and even when  you  do not.

Glorify God

by simply doing your very best in everything you do.

Pray to God

when you  need something  and also  when you don’t.

Mention God

when you’re with Christians but also when you are not.

SIMPLEMENTE HONRA A DIOS

Honra a Dios

 si eres inteligente o no.

Exalta a Dios

si todo va  bien o si va mal.

Alaba a Dios

si  tienes  buena  o  mala  salud.

Adora a Dios

si estás  en la iglesia o  en otro  lugar.

Glorifica a Dios

al dar lo mejor de ti en todo lo que hagas.

Dale gracias a Dios

por las buenas experiencias y  por las  malas.

Sirve a Dios

cuando   tengas  ganas  y  cuando no  las  tengas.

Órale a Dios

cuando necesites  algo  y cuando no  necesites nada.

Menciona a Dios

cuando estés con cristianos cuando estés con incredulous.

WHERE SHOULD WE BE?

Where should we be?

Where God is.

Where should we be?

In God’s will.

Where should we be?

Serving God.

Where should we be?

It’s in prayer.

Where should we be?

In repentance.

Where should we be?

In a church.

Where should we be?

In the Bible

Where should we be?

In God’s light.

Where should we be?

In God’s love.

Where should we be?

In heaven.

¿DÓNDE DEBEMOS ESTAR?

¿Dónde debemos estar?

Donde Dios esté.

¿Dónde debemos estar?

En la voluntad de Dios.

¿Dónde debemos estar?

Sirviendo  a  Dios.

¿Dónde debemos estar?

En plena oración.

¿Dónde debemos estar?

arrepintiéndonos.

¿Dónde debemos estar?

En  una  iglesia.

¿Dónde debemos estar?

Leyendo la biblia.

¿Dónde debemos estar?

En la luz de Dios.

¿Dónde debemos estar?

En el amor de Dios.

¿Dónde debemos estar?

En el cielo con Dios

THE GOD OF GRACE

God is a God who extends grace.

That’s why

He forgives all my sins.

God wanted  to reconcile us  to Him.

That’s why

He sent Jesus for our salvation.

I made my personal confession of faith.

That’s why

my   God  received me  as  His  son.

He was, is and will always be a merciful God.

That’s why

when I confess my sins He forgives me.

We  worship  a  God  who  is righteous and just.

That’s why

He does not judge us by our many faults.

EL DIOS DE GRACIA

Nuestro Dios extiende su gracia.

Por eso

me perdona los pecados.

Dios  quiere  reconciliarnos  con   él.

Por eso

vino  a Jesús  al  mundo.

Yo hice una  confesión  personal de  fe.

Por eso

ahora soy hijo de Dios.

Dios era,  es y siempre será  misericordioso.

Por eso

por su gracia soy salvo.

Los cristianos adoramos a Dios porque es justo.

Por eso

nos  juzga  con  amor

HOLY  FATHER

Holy Father,

shower me with  wisdom  that I may  just follow You.

Create a new heart in me that I may be a new creation.

Open my  eyes and my heart that I may leave sin behind.

Cleanse me of all my sins that I may start a brand new life.

Purify my  life, mind and soul that I may always do your will.

Let there be a  transformation of  my  mind that I may change.

Holy One, sanctify me for your service that I may serve You well.

Bless me in every area of my life that I may be a blessing to others.

Fill  me with  the Holy  Spirit  that people may feel  your Spirit in me.

Father,  give my  soul eternal  life that I  may spend eternity  with  You.

Anoint me so much  that when I pray  for sick people they  will be healed.

I receive  that peace  that surpasses all  understanding  coming  from  You.

SANTO PADRE

Santo Padre,

báñame con tu sabiduría para que pueda seguirte.

Ábreme los ojos y el corazón para que deje el pecado.

Crea nuevo corazón en mí  para que sea nueva creación.

Límpiame de  todo pecado para comenzar una nueva vida.

Purifícame la vida, la mente y el alma para hacer tu voluntad.

Transfórmame la mente y  el modo de pensar  para que cambie.

Bendíceme en cada área de  mi vida para que  yo bendiga a otros.

Santidad, santifícame para tu servicio para que pueda servirte bien.

Lléname del Espíritu Santo para que sientan la presencia de Dios en mí.

Dale a mi alma vida eterna para que yo pueda pasar la eternidad contigo.

Úngeme para que al orar  se  sanen los  enfermos de  cualquier enfermedad.

Recibo esa paz, armonía y tranquilidad de ti que sobrepasa todo entendimiento.

GOD IS EVERYWHERE

The God that was  with you when you were  born

will be with you when you die.

The God that is with you when you are in the city

is with you also in the village.

The  God that is with  you  on the mountain tops

accompanies you in the valleys.

The God that  is with you when you are  planting

is with you during harvest time.

The God who hears  every one of  your  prayers

is the one who  answers  them.

The God who is with you during your good times

comforts  you in  the  bad ones.

The God who never leaves you nor forsakes you

will also be with you in heaven.

DIOS ESTÁ DONDEQUIERA

El Dios quien estaba contigo cuando naciste

estará contigo cuando mueras.

El  Dios quien está  contigo en  las ciudades

está  contigo en los pueblitos.

El Dios quien está  contigo en las montañas

es tu compañero en los valles.

El Dios que está  contigo  cuando  siembras

te  acompaña  en  la cosecha.

El Dios  quien recibe  todas  tus  oraciones

es el mismo que las responde.

El Dios quien  celebra tus buenos tiempos

se  entristece  en  los   malos.

El Dios que jamás  te abandona o  te deja

estará  contigo  en  el   cielo.

I WISH I WERE IN HEAVEN

I wish I were in heaven so…

I could enjoy more peace and love

than I could imagine.

I would  smell  sweeter  fragrances

than  any   perfume.

I would see more shades of colors

than here on earth.

I would hear such divine melodies

that don’t exist here.

I would think of wonderful things

that I don’t think now.

I would  feel wonderful feelings

that I have never felt.

It’d  be a beautiful experience

as I never ever had.

The most wonderful thing is

that I’d be with God.

SI YO ESTUVIERA EN EL CIELO

Si yo estuviera en el cielo…

disfrutaría de la paz y amor

que aquí  no es imaginable.

Olería  mejores  fragancias

que   cualquier   perfume.

Miraría matices de colores

que no existen en el mundo.

Escucharía hermosas melodías

que no se producen en el planeta.

Pensaría   en   cosas  tan   maravillosas

que me alegrarían simplemente por pensarlas.

Sentiría   sentimientos tan divinos  y tan profundos

que ellos  mismos me  llevarían a  la presencia de  Dios.

Pero lo más hermoso y maravilloso de todo lo mencionado

es que, en realidad,  pasaría  toda la eternidad con  mi Creador.

HE IS A GOD FOR ALL OF US

God’s love is not limited

so  there is  enough  for  me.

His  light  is  not so dim

that  it  cannot  shine  on  me.

His hand is not so short

and that’s why it reaches me.

His forgiveness is true

for anybody who truly repents.

His compassion is for

anyone of His sons who is hurting.

His  blessings are  for

the  children who are serving Him.

There’s no one perfect

so He saves the ones who come to Him.

ÉL ES DIOS PARA TODOS

El amor de Dios no tiene límite;

por eso él  tiene bastante para  mí

Como  su  luz  no es  tan  opaca

llega su iluminación donde yo esté.

Su mano no es demasiado corta

que me toca dondequiera que sea.

Su   perdón  es  tan  verdadero

que perdona al  que se  arrepienta.

Su compasión es tan genuina

que  se  compadece  del que  sufre.

Sus  bendiciones  les  llegan

a sus hijos quienes están sirviéndole.

Ya  que nadie  es  perfecto

salva a los que lo aceptan como su Dios.

JESUS DID IT FOR US

Jesus came down from heaven

to  be with us.

He shed His divine blood

to save us.

He died for our sins

at Calvary.

He left us His Word

in the Bible.

He intercedes for us

to the Father.

He gave us His name –

Christians.

He prepared a place for us

in heaven.

He  is patiently waiting  for us

to come to Him.

JESÚS LO HIZO POR NOSOTROS

Cristo  descendió del  cielo

para enseñarnos

sus caminos.

Él derramó su sangre divina

para salvarnos

del pecado.

Murió por nuestros pecados

en  el  Calvario

en una cruz.

Nos   dejó  su  palabra  escrita

para  nosotros

en la biblia.

Está intercediendo por nosotros

allá  en  el  cielo

con su Padre.

Por su nombre que nos dio somos

sus amados hijos

y cristianos.

Preparó una vivienda para nosotros

para que vivamos

en el cielo.

Pacientemente él  está  esperando  que

cada persona venga a él

para salvarla

INSTEAD OF THAT

Instead of believing in evolution

believe in creation.

Instead of you trusting in men

trust in Jesus Christ.

Instead of fearing real change

embrace it totally.

Instead  of  handling  worries

give them to God.

Instead of you blaming others

be  responsible.

Instead of always complaining

do  something.

Instead of being afraid of death

rejoice in Jesus.

EN VEZ DE ESO

En vez de creer en evolución

cree en la creación.

En vez de confiar en los hombres

confía en Jesucristo.

En vez de temerle al cambio

espéralo con júbilo.

En vez de preocuparte por todo

entrégaselo a Dios.

En vez de culpar al prójimo

remedia la situación.

En  vez  de  seguir  quejándote

toma acción positiva.

No tengas  temor de morir

sino acércate a Dios.

HOW CAN I BE SAVED?

Can I go to heaven by my religion?

No!

Can I be  saved  by doing  good  works?

No!

Can I be with  God  by  helping  the  poor?

No!

Can I have salvation by being a good person?

No!

Can I have eternal life by believing in Buddha?

No!

Can I enter the pearly gates by praying to Allah?

No!

Can I be taken up by the prophet Mohammad?

No!

Can I dwell in heaven through Jesus Christ?

Yes, yes, yes!

¿CÓMO PUEDO SER SALVO?

¿Puedo ir al cielo por mi religión?

¡No!

¿Puedo ser salvo  por  mis buenas obras?

¡No!

¿Puedo estar con  Dios  si ayudo a los pobres?

¡No!

¿Puedo recibir  salvación  siendo  buena  persona?

¡No!

¿Puedo tener vida eterna si tengo mucha fe en Buda?

¡No!

¿Se me abren  los portales del cielo si  le oro a Alá?

¡No!

¿Me puede  llevar al cielo  el profeta Mohamed?

¡No!

¿Puedo vivir en el cielo si acepto a Jesucristo?

¡Sí, sí, sí!

WHICH VOICES ARE SPEAKING TO YOU?

To which  one do you subscribe…

the truths of God or the devil’s lies?

Do you listen carefully to

 the voice of faith or the voice of doubt?

Do you actually hearken to

the voice of  love or  the voice of  hatred?

Do you  pay  attention to

the voice of confidence  or  the voice of fear?

Do you lend your  ears to

the voice of edifying  or  the  one of  destroying?

Which  voice do  you  hear,,,

the voice of  godly joy or the one of worldly sadness?

Do  your  truths  come from…

the word of God or from the news on your television set?

¿CUÁLES VOCES TE HABLAN?

¿A qué escuchas mucho más

a la voz de confianza o a la voz de temor?

¿A  qué  le prestas  atención

a la voz de amor divino  o a la voz del odio?

¿Escuchas  cuidadosamente

la voz  de la fe  o la voz  que  siembra  dudas?

¿Por cuáles principios vives…

las verdades de  Dios o las mentiras  del diablo?

¿A qué le prestas ambos oídos

a la  voz de  edificar o  a la  voz de destruir gente?

¿Cuál voz te habla más fuerte

la de regocijarte y ser feliz  o la de estar amargado?

¿De dónde vienen tus verdades,

de la palabra de Dios o de las noticias por la televisión?

THAT’S NOT HOW WE MEASURE SUCCESS

We don’t measure success

by how tough we are.

We measure it by how gentle we are.

We don’t measure success

by the money we keep.

We measure it by the money we give.

We don’t measure success

by the people we beat.

We measure it  by the  ones we lift up.

We don’t measure success

by what we accomplish.

We measure it by what God does in us.

We don’t measure success

by our own intelligence.

We measure it by the wisdom of God.

ASÍ NO MEDIMOS EL ÉXITO

No medimos  el  éxito

por nuestra fuerza.

Lo medimos  por nuestro  amor.

No medimos el éxito

por ser muy ricos.

Lo medimos por lo que damos.

No medimos el  éxito

por derrotar gente.

Lo medimos por exaltar a unos.

No medimos el  éxito

por nuestros logros.

Lo medimos por lo que Dios hace.

No medimos el  éxito

por  la inteligencia.

Lo medimos por la sabiduría de Dios.

HE IS THE SOLUTION

Jesus does not only have the truth;

He is the truth.

He does not simply give out love;

He is pure love.

He does  not  only  create life;

He is life itself.

He is not  just another way;

He is the way.

He is not  just  any light;

He is the light.

He is not  a solution;

He is the solution.

ÉL ES LA SOLUCIÓN

Jesús no sólo  tiene la solución;

Él es la solución.

Él no simplemente  da  amor;

Él es puro amor.

Él no solamente  crea  vida;

 Él es  todo  vida.

No es solamente otra luz;

Es la luz divina.

No es  sólo un  camino;

Él es el camino.

No es una solución;

Es la solución.

LOVE YOURSELF!

If you do not love  yourself,

start looking at yourself through God’s eyes

because if you don’t do that,

you will not be able to love someone else.

Help yourself as much as you possibly can

in every area of your life

because if you fail  completely  to do that,

you will not help others.

Start an intimate relationship with God –

He will answer your prayers,

but if you actually fail to reach out to Him

you will  not  touch  others.

Exercise your faith every change you get,

so that it will grow and grow

because  if you  do not  try  to exercise it,

it will fail you in time of need.

Ask God to bless every area of your life,

and He will send HIs blessings.

but if you don’t take the trouble to do it,

you will be the one who loses.

¡ÁMATE A TI MISMO!

Mírate por los ojos de Dios

si es que no te amas,

porque  si  tú no  lo  haces

jamás  podrás amar.

Ayúdate en lo que puedas

en todas las áreas,

porque  si  tú  no  lo haces,

 a nadie le ayudarás.

Inicia una relación con Dios

y órale lleno de fe

para que te haga milagros

y te ilumine su luz.

Ejerce tu fe con devoción

para que crezcas,

porque  si  fallas  en  eso

estancado estarás

Pídele a Dios bendiciones

cada día de tu vida

para que puedas bendecir

al prójimo en tu vida.

PEOPLE WILL KNOW

People will know who we are…

by  our  love  not  by  our  hatred,

by  our  light,  not   by  our  darkness,

by our tolerance,  not by our intolerance,

by our love for the sinner, while hating the sin,

not by defeating others, but by helping them succeed,

not by going to church, but by helping people in time of need,

and not by the Christian stickers on our car, but by the way we drive.

LA GENTE SABRÁ

La gente sabrá quienes somos…

por nuestro amor,  no por el odio,

por nuestra luz,  no por la oscuridad,

por nuestra tolerancia,  no la intolerancia,

por  amar al  pecador  y por odiar el  pecado,

no por vencer al prójimo, sino por verlo triunfar,

no por asistir a la iglesia,  sino por  ayudar al vecino,

 y no por calcamonías en el coche – sí por conducir bien.

THE COAT OF MANY COLORS

I have a coat of many colors.

Blue stands for

the color of heaven where my God lives.

Red represents

the blood that my Lord Jesus shed for me.

The color green

is  there to represent  the planet’s  fertility.

Purple is because

God  has  made me part of His royal family.

Brown reminds me

that God created the earth for us to live in it.

White is there

to represent  cleanliness  and  righteousness.

Black is only there

to remind me that  I should always  avoid  sin.

LA CHAQUETA DE DIVERSOS COLORES

Tengo una chaqueta de muchos colores.

EL azul representa

el  color del  cielo  donde  vive  mi  Padre.

El rojo lo tiene por

la sangre que  Jesucristo derramó  por mí.

Lo verde significa

la fertilidad de este planeta y la de mi vida.

La parte púrpura

es la que me recuerda de mi realeza divina.

El  color  café  es

el color de la tierra  que  Dios  nos  proveyó.

El retazo blanco

representa la pureza y la justicia de mi Dios.

El negro se puso

para recordarme siempre que no debo pecar.

BEGIN YOUR DAY

Begin your day by deciding to…

be happy  and not  sad,

give  whatever is  needed,

live by faith and not by fear,

live by love and not by hate,

forgive and not hold grudges,

be grateful and not complain,

do your part, not be a burden,

get started, no procrastinating,

bless others as much as possible,

admit your faults and not blame others.

COMIENZA TU DÍA

Comienza tu día decidiendo que…

estarás contento y no triste,

vas a dar lo que sea necesario,

vivirás por tu fe y no por miedo,

vas a vivir por amor y no por odio,

perdonarás  toda  ofensa  contra  ti,

 estarás  bien agradecido sin  quejarte,

vas  a  comenzar  todo sin procrastinar,

bendecir  a otros según  tus capacidades,

y que admitirás tus faltas sin culpar a nadie.

GOD IS SOVEREIGN

God will always love His people

but  hates  their  sin.

God will provide for your needs

not for your desires.

God  will  hear  your  prayers –

only if you’re sincere.

God sometimes will bless you

but only if it’s His will.

God will forgive all  your  sins

but only if you repent.

God offers  to  you  salvation

if you receive His Son.

DIOS ES SOBERANO

Dios siempre amará a sus hijos

pero odio sus pecados.

Dios proveerá tus necesidades

pero no por tus deseos.

Dios te  oye  cuando tú  le oras

si de verdad eres sincero.

Dios a veces va a bendecirte –

si  está  en  su  voluntad.

Dios perdonará tus pecados –

tienes que  arrepentirte.

Dios te ofrece a ti vida eterna

si recibes a su Hijo Jesús.

GOD, USE ME

Lord, allow me to love

the ones who need Your love.

Jesus, permit me to bless

the ones who You want to bless.

Jehovah, use me to help

those who really need Your help.

Lord, guide me to touch

the ones You truly  want to touch.

Savior, send Your word

to  the ones  who  You want  saved.

Messiah, help me pray

for Your chosen children the Israelites.

God,have me give hope

to the ones who are truly yearning for it.

Son  of  the  Living  God,

let me bring Your joy to the joyless children.

Jesus Christ, my Savior,

please  prepare   my home with You in heaven.

DIOS, UTILÍZAME 

Amo, utilízame a mí

para que  sea luz a  los perdidos.

 Hijo del Dios  Viviente,

 llevaré regocijo a tus seguidores.

Jesús, que yo bendiga

a los que deseas que bendiga.

Señor, déjame amar

a los  que  necesitan tu  amor.

Padre mío, ayudaré

a los que necesitan tu ayuda.

Dios, siempre tocaré

a los que quieres que toque.

Les daré tu palabra

a los que quieres tú salvar.

Mesías,  voy a  orar

por tus hijos – los judíos.

Jesús,  prepárame

mi morada allá contigo.

HOW SHOULD YOU BE?

Our  Father  is  compassionate.

Try to imitate Him.

Be merciful.

If your Lord Jesus is pure love,

treat other people

with love.

God is  the light of the world.

What should you do?

Be a light .

Father God is all righteous.

How should you live?

Righteously.

God is patient with you.

Follow His example.

Be patient!

¿CÓMO DEBES SER?

Nuestro Padre es compasivo.

Trata de imitarlo

con amor.

Tu Señor Jesús es todo amor.

Trata al prójimo

con amor.

Jesucristo es la luz del mundo.

¿Qué debes ser?

una lucecita.

Dios es la verdadera justicia.

¿Cómo debes vivir?

En su justicia.

Dios tiene paciencia contigo.

Sigue  su  ejemplo.

Ten paciencia.

I BELONG TO HIM

I was created in my mother’s womb by

the Great Creator.

I am very  proud to  be a subject  of

the King of kings.

I try  to be  a humble servant  of

the Most High God.

I am a  faithful  follower  of

my Lord Jesus.

I am a definite believer in

Jesus  Christ.

I  was  adopted  by

Father God.

I  belong  to

my Lord.

YO LE PERTENEZCO

Fui creado en el vientre de mi madre por

el Gran Creador.

Trato de ser un humilde servidor del

Altísimo  Dios.

Me enorgullezco al ser vasallo del

 Rey  de  reyes.

Soy un seguidor muy fiel de

mi Señor Jesús.

Definitivamente creo en

mi fiel Redentor.

Fui  adoptado  por

Padre Dios.

Le pertenezco a

mi Señor.

S  U  F  F  E  R  I  N  G

Suffering is not because

God is punishing you.

Suffering does  not mean

you have failed God.

Suffering is not because of

you have lack of faith.

Suffering is not as a result of

God not trusting you.

Suffering  is  a consequence  of

Adam’s original sin.

EL SUFRIMIENTO

El sufrimiento no es porque

Dios te quiere castigar.

El sufrimiento no significa que

le has fallado a tu Dios.

El  sufrimiento no  es  a causa de

tu falta de fe en Cristo.

El sufrimiento  no es  resultado que

Dios ya no confía en ti.

El sufrimiento  es la  consecuencia  del

pecado original de Adán.

YOU’LL FIND IT IN JESUS

Do you feel  empty without meaning?

You  will  find  meaning

in Jesus.

Do you  feel  fatigued  all  the  time?

You’ll find needed rest

in Jesus.

Do you find all  the  doors  closed?

Find  a  door  opened

in Jesus.

Are you in a hopeless situation?

You will find hope

in Jesus.

Are  you  are  discouraged?

Be encouraged

in Jesus.

LO ENCONTRARÁS EN CRISTO

¿Te sientes vacío y  la vida sin  sentido?

Tiene muchísimo sentido

en Cristo.

¿Estás en una situación sin esperanza?

Encontrarás esperanza

en Cristo.

¿Te sientes  fatigado  todo  el  tiempo?

Encontrarás descanso

en Cristo.

¿Encuentras  todas puertas  cerradas?

Hay una bien abierta

en Cristo.

¿Estás  completamente  sin  alientos?

Puedes recibir aliento

en Cristo.

IT’S NOT BECAUSE OF YOU

You were not created because of who you are.

You were created because of who Jesus is –

The Creator.

You don’t have wisdom because of who you are.

You have wisdom because of who Jesus is –

Omniscient.

You are not serving  God because of  who you are.

You are serving because of God’s servant –

Jesus Christ.

You  are not a light  because  of who  you really  are.

You are a light because you are a son of –

the Father of lights.

You don’t  love simply because of  who you really are.

You love because you were loved first by –

Father God.

You are not  saved  because of  who  you happen to  be.

You are saved because someone died for you –

the Son of God – Jesus.

NO ES POR QUIEN TÚ ERES

No fuiste creado por quien eres tú.

Fuiste creado por lo que es Jesucristo –

el  Creador.

No tienes sabiduría por quien eres tú.

Tienes sabiduría  por que  Jesucristo es –

omnisciente.

No sirves a Dios por quien  eres  tú.

Le  sirves  por  el  ejemplo de  su Hijo –

Jesucristo.

No alumbra tu luz por quien eres tú.

Tu  luz  viene  del  Padre  de  las  luces –

Dios Padre.

No amas a  otros por quien  tú eres.

Los amas  porque  recibiste  amor  de –

Padre Dios.

No  fuiste  salvo  por  quien  eres tú.

Fuiste salvo porque alguien murió por ti –

el hijo de Dios.

SHOULD WE DO THAT?

Why did God create everything?

He did because

He is the Creator – Isaiah 40:28

What really  makes God love us?

He does because

He is pure  love – 1 John 4:8

Can we pray for God to heal us?

We can because

He is a healing God  – Acts 9:34

Can we pray for God to provide?

We can because

He is the provider – Genesis 22:8

Should we ask God to protect us?

We should because

He is our protector – Psalm 91:1-13

Should we come to God for advice?

We should because

He is our heavenly Father – Isaiah 9:6

Should we ask God for our salvation?

We should because

His Son Jesus is our Savior – John 14:6

Should we pray for peace in our lives?

We should because

He is the God of peace – Hebrews 13:20

Should we ask God for an abundant life?

We should because

Jesus provides it abundantly – John 10:10

Should we be always worshiping our God?

We should because

our  God  lives  in  our  praises – Psalm  22:3

Should we  look  forward  to  an eternal  life?

We should because

Jesus has prepared a place for us – John 14

¿DEBERÍAMOS HACER ESO?

¿Por qué creó Dios lo que existe?

Lo hizo porque

él es el Creador – Isaías 40:28

¿Por qué nos ama tanto Dios?

Nos ama porque

él es puro amor – 1 Juan 4:8

¿Debemos pedir sanidad?

Sí, claro, porque

él es sanador – Hechos 9:34

¿Le podemos pedir que provea?

Podemos porque

él  es el  proveedor – Génesis 22:8

¿Le debemos pedir que nos proteja?

Sí,  desde  luego.

Es nuestro  protector – Salmo 91:1-13

¿Podemos   pedirle   consejos  a  Dios?

Hagámoslo porque

es nuestro Padre celestial – Isaías 9:6

¿Debemos  alabar y  adorar a  Dios?

Debemos hacerlo porque

vive en la adoración – Salmo 22:3

¿Debemos pedir salvación?

Desde luego porque

es nuestro Salvador – Juan 14:6

¿Le pedimos a Dios que nos dé  paz?

De seguro, porque

él  es  el  Dios  de  paz – Hebreos  13:20

¿Le  pedimos  a  Dios una vida abundante?

Hagámoslo porque

Jesús desea que la tengamos – Juan 10:10

¿Debemos ansiar estar en la vida eterna?

Claro que sí porque

Dios nos ha preparado una morada –

lo  dice  en  San  Juan  14:3

I WILL JOIN GOD’S ARMY

You have a very dangerous foe.

Fight him with the sword of the Spirit,

which  happens  to  be  the word  of God.

You need to put on your armor,

which is in reality the armor of God.

You can only  access it through prayer.

Don’t be a loner and fight alone.

Join the biggest and powerful army,

which is  composed of God’s  children.

If you actually join God’s Army,

you  will  never  regret  it   because

you will spend eternity with our God.

ME ALISTARÉ EN EL EJÉRCITO DE DIOS

Tienes un adversario muy peligroso.

Pelea  con la espada  del  Espíritu Santo,

la cual es la palabra bíblica de nuestro Dios.

Necesitas ponerte toda tu armadura,

que, en realidad, es la armadura de Dios.

Solamente  puedes  ponértela  en   oración.

No pelees como un lobo solitario.

Alístate en el  ejército más poderoso,

que  se  compone  de  los  hijos de Dios.

Si te alistas en  el ejército de Dios,

jamás te arrepentirás o tendrás pena,

porque  pasarás  la  eternidad  con  Dios.

FATHER GOD, JESUS CHRIST AND THE HOLY SPIRIT

Creator God,

I offer to You as a sacrifice my spirit, my soul and my body.

Eternal  God,

open my ears  and my eyes,  not forgetting my understanding.

Most Holy God,

I receive all three of  You:  Father, Son  Jesus  and the  Holy Spirit.

God of Abraham,

I am asking for Your anointing, sanctification and Your consecration.

Holy Blessed God,

I need Your protection at home,  in my going out  and in my  coming in.

 Most  Loving  God,

I need to be  touched  by  You physically,  psychologically  and  emotionally.

Father of wisdom,

please give me  much more light,  much  more  wisdom and much  more  faith.

My Provider God,

I thank You for  breakfast,  lunch,  dinner and for everything  else you do for me.

Redeeming  Lord,

I am asking  You to bless my family,  my friends,  my enemies and me as well.

Omniscient  God,

guide me  when I start  a project,  in the middle of it,  and when I finish it.

Omnipresent God,

hear my prayers at church,  at home and  anywhere  else I may  pray.

Father  of  lights,

let me walk out of the darkness into Your light and into Your love.

Everlasting  God,

help  me  enjoy  weekdays,  weekends  and  holidays.

Heavenly Father,

prepare a place for me in heaven.

DIOS PADRE, JESUCRISTO Y EL ESPÍRITU SANTO

Padre de las Luces,

permíteme salir de la oscuridad a tu luz y a tu amor.

Dios de Sabiduría,

abre mis oídos y mis ojos, sin olvidar mi entendimiento.

Jehová Redentor,

te ofrezco como sacrificio mi cuerpo, mi espíritu y el alma.

Santa  Trinidad,

recibo la Trinidad: a Dios Padre, Dios Hijo, y al Espíritu Santo.

Dios  Protector,

necesito que me protejas en casa,  al salir,  afuera y al  regresar.

Dios  Celestial,

oye mis oraciones en la iglesia, en casa, y dondequiera que te ore.

Misericordioso,

deseo que me toques física, sicológica, emocional y espiritualmente.

Dios de Abraham,

te pido de todo corazón que me unjas, me santifiques y me consagres.

Padre de la Sabiduría,

por favor, dame mucha más luz,  mucha más  sabiduría  y mucha más fe.

Dios Proveedor,

te doy gracias por el desayuno,  el almuerzo,  la cena,  y por  todo lo demás.

Dios Redentor,

te pido que redimas a:  mi familia,  mis amigos, mis enemigos y  a mí  también.

Eterno Dios,

ayúdame  a  disfrutar  los días  laborales,  los fines de semana  y los días  festivos.

Dios Omnisciente,

guíame cuando comience un proyecto,  cuando lo esté  haciendo y  cuando termine.

Señor de los Cielos,

prepáreme una morada especial para mí en el cielo, según lo que dice en San Juan 14:2.

AT 3:00 PM

At 2:59 Jesus seemed beaten.

At 3:00 He died on an old cross.

At 3:01 He had His heavenly body.

At 2:59  His  flesh  had  all  our  sins.

At 3:00 He released the flesh and sins.

At 3:01 He was washed completely clean.

At  2:59  He  was  a  man  of many  sorrows.

At  3:00  He  was  set  free  from  all   of  them.

At 3:01 He was joyful as when He was in heaven.

For  two days  plus, Jesus  was buried in the grave,

but  early  on  the  third  day He  rose from the dead.

He died as a man,  but  resurrected  as  the Living  God.

A LAS 3:00 PM

A las 2:59 Jesús parecía derrotado.

A las 3:00 murió en una cruz romana.

A las 3:01 recuperó su cuerpo celestial.

A las 2:59 cargaba nuestros pecados.

A las 3:00 se había  deshecho  de ellos.

A  las  3:01  su  Padre  lo había limpiado.

A las 2:59 tenía muchos  problemas.

A las 3:00 se estaba liberando de todos.

A las 3:01 se  regocijaba  como  en  el cielo.

Por casi tres días lo detuvo la tumba,

pero muy  tempranito  en  el  tercer  día

resucitó como Dios  al derrotar  la muerte.

THAT IS WHAT GOD IS

God  is  love

and in Him there is no hatred.

God  is  light

and in Him there is no darkness.

God is wisdom

and in Him  there is no ignorance.

God is strength

and  in  Him  there  is  no  weakness.

God is merciful

and since He is He cannot be merciless.

God is humble.

Therefore  in  Him  there  is  no  arrogance.

God is a forgiver

and  in  Him  there  is  no  lack  of forgiveness.

God  is omnipresent

so He cannot be restricted or limited to one place.

God was always eternal

and for that  reason  He cannot  be a temporal entity.

God   created   everything.

and that is why the theory of evolution is pure nonsense.

ESO ES LO QUE ES DIOS

Dios es amor

y en él no existe el odio.

Dios es la luz

y en él no  hay oscuridad.

Dios es sabio

y en él no se ve ignorancia.

Dios es  poder

y en  él no existe la debilidad.

Es misericordia

y por eso  siempre  nos la dará.

Dios es humilde –

jamás  ha conocido la arrogancia.

Dios  nos  perdona

y su misericordia  no tiene barreras.

Dios es omnipresente

por eso  puede  estar en  todas  partes.

Dios  siempre  es  eterno

y por es no tuvo comienzo y no tendrá fin.

Dios es el Creador de todo –

esa es la razón por qué la evolución es fraude.

WHO ARE YOU?

Who are you?

You are a created being.

Genesis 2:7

Who is your father?

The God of Abraham is your Father.

Matthew 2:10

What can you actually do?

With  God’s  help   you  can  do  everything.

Philippians 4:13

What kind  of person are you?

Through Jesus Christ you are more than a conqueror.

Romans 8:37

What  kind  of  life  can  you  have?

You  can have an  extremely  successful  and  abundant  life.

John 10:10

What is your position according to God?

His  word  tells  us  that  you  actually  belong to a royal priesthood.

1 Peter 2:9

¿QUIÉN ERES?

¿Quién eres?

Eres una creación de Dios.

Génesis 2:7

¿Quién es tu Padre?

El  Dios de Abraham  es  tu  padre.

Mateo 2:10

¿Qué  puedes  hacer  tú?

Con Dios  a  tu lado  puedes  hacer  todo.

Filipenses 4:13

¿Qué clase de persona eres?

En Cristo Jesús eres mucho más que vencedor.

Romanos 8:37

¿Qué clase de vida puedes vivir?

Puedes tener una vida muy  exitosa en abundancia.

Juan 10:10

¿Cuál  es  tu  posición  según  Dios?

Eres linaje escogido, real sacerdocio, santo, hijo de Dios.

1 Pedro 2:9

ONE BLESSING AT A TIME

One blessing at a time

Lord Jesus

that’s all I’m asking for now.

One healing at a time

Lord Jesus

that’s  all I need  right  now.

One  grace at  a time

Lord Jesus

that’s  all I’m  believing for.

One anointing at a time

Lord Jesus

that’s all I need to serve you.

A sanctification in time

Lord Jesus

that’s what I want for my life.

One kind word from You

Lord Jesus

that’s all I need to have hope 

UNA BENDICIÓN A LA VEZ

Una bendición  a la vez

Señor Jesús

es lo que te pido yo.

Una  curación  a  la vez

Señor Jesús

es lo que quiero hoy.

Una gracia de ti a la vez

 Señor Jesús

es lo que me ayuda a mí.

Una unción a la vez

Señor Jesús

con eso te puedo servir.

Con tu santificación

Señor Jesús

puedo hacer tu voluntad.

Tu palabra de aliento

Señor Jesús

HOLY AND BLESSED GOD

Savior God

save me through Your Son.

Lord Jesus

purify me with your blood.

Righteous God

Guide me with  your truth.

Loving God

bathe me  with  your love.

Holy Jesus

sanctify me for your glory.

Son of God

anoint me for your service.

Blessed Lord

bless me  to  bless  others.

SAGRADO Y BENDITO DIOS

Dios Redentor

dame salvación por medio de tu Hijo.

Bendito Señor

bendíceme  para  que yo bendiga.

Santo Jesús

santifícame pero para tu gloria.

Hijo de Dios

úngeme  para que  yo  te sirva

Señor Jesús

purifícame  con  tu  sangre.

Dios Justo

guíame  con  tu   verdad.

Amoroso Dios

báñame con tu amor.

WE WILL LIVE BY FAITH

The righteous will  live by faith

because without it

it is impossible to  please  God.

We must live in God’s light

because out of it

we are in the world’s  darkness.

We need to live by God’s love

for if we don’t

we will be living by our own will.

The truth can set all of us free

and that truth

can only be our Lord Jesus Christ.

VIVIREMOS POR FE

Los justos vivirán por fe

porque sin ella

es imposible agradar a Dios.

Debes vivir en la luz de Dios.

Afuera de ella

estarías  en  la  oscuridad.

Vive  por  el amor  de  Dios

porque si no

sólo  harías  tu  voluntad.

La verdad puede liberarte

y esa verdad

solamente la tiene Jesucristo.

NOW I ACTUALLY SEE

I was lost, but now am found.

My Lord Jesus came to me.

I was blind, but now I see.

The Lord opened my eyes.

I was deaf, but now I hear.

The Lord unplugged my ears.

I was enslaved, but now I’m free.

My Lord Jesus released my chains.

I was spiritually ill, but now am healed.

The  healing  God  healed  me  completely.

YA PUEDO VER BIEN

Perdido estaba, pero ya no.

Mi  Señor  su  luz  me  dio.

Ciego estaba, pero veo ya.

Los ojos me abrió mi Dios.

Estaba sordo,  y  oigo bien.

Los oídos Dios me destapó.

La  esclavitud  me  atrapaba,

pero el Señor me desencadenó.

Espiritualmente enfermo estaba,

pero mi Señor y  Salvador me sanó.

THE GRACE OF OUR GOD

What can disarm any lie?

The  truth.

What name is above any other?

Jesus Christ.

Who is the way, the truth, the life?

Our Redeemer.

What can restore a broken relationship?

Reconciliation.

What is stronger than the hate of the world?

Only God’s love.

What is more powerful than seeking vengeance?

True forgiveness.

What can set you free from evil deeds you have done?

Sincere repentance.

What is much stronger than any sin you may have committed?

The grace of our God.

Who is the only one who is Omnipotent, Omniscient and Omnipresent?

Our  Lord Jesus  Christ.

LA GRACIA DE NUESTRO DIOS

¿Qué   puede desarmar una  mentira?

Sólo la verdad.

¿Cuál nombre está sobre todo nombre?

El de  Jesucristo.

¿Quién es el camino, la verdad y la vida?

Nuestro Redentor.

¿Qué  puede restaurar una relación rota?

La  reconciliación.

¿Qué es más fuerte que el odio del mundo?

El  amor  de  Dios.

¿Qué  es más eficaz que  buscar la venganza?

el saber perdonar.

¿Qué  te  puede  liberar  de  todos  tus  pecados?

La gracia de Dios.

¿Quién es el único que todo lo puede y todo lo sabe?

Nuestro Redentor.

IN GOD’S TIME

You need a job.

God will bless you with one

in His time.

You want a spouse.

God  will  bring  one to you

in His time.

You want children,

and yes, you will have them

in His time.

You  want  a  house.

Our God will bless you with it

in His time.

You  need  a healing,

and  God is going to heal you

in His time.

A SU TIEMPO

Necesitas buen empleo.

Dios te lo dará

a su tiempo.

Quieres  tener tu  pareja.

Dios te la traerá

a su tiempo.

Deseas tener varios hijos.

Claro, los tendrás

a su tiempo.

Quisieras  tu  propia casa.

Y sí te llegará

a su tiempo.

Estás  bastante  enfermo.

Dios te sanará

a su tiempo.

TAKE ME UP THERE

Holy  and  heavenly father,

bring me up to Your presence,

so I can  feel  the love of  heaven,

so I can  smell the  heavenly  smells,

so I can I can taste the delicacies there,

so I can  experience  the  beautiful  colors,

so I can  touch  what  is  there to  be touched,

so I can actually praise You in all your splendor.

LLÉVAME A TU REINO

Padre Todopoderoso,

tráeme a  tu  presencia

para  que  sienta  tu  amor,

para  oler  lo  que  Tú  hueles,

para poder probar las delicias allá,

para disfrutar los  colores  celestiales,

para que toque lo que es perfecto y divino,

y para que  pueda  adorarte  en tu esplendor.

JESUS IS ALL THAT AND MORE

Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life.

He is our Father, our Lord and our God.

He  was,  is,  and  forever  will  be  God.

He is our Counselor, Judge and Redeemer.

He is our Provider, Healer and our Protector.

He is our companion, our guide and our friend.

He forgives our sins and reconciles us to our Father.

He blesses us, anoints us and sanctifies us as His children.

He is always loyal,  faithful,  true to His  word and to  His Father.

He is Omnipotent, Omniscient and Omnipresent, but humble and meek.

JESÚS ES ESO Y MUCHO MÁS

Jesús es el Camino, la Verdad y la Vida.

Él es nuestro Padre, Señor y nuestro Dios.

Él era,  todavía es, y siempre será lo que es.

Es nuestro Consejero, Juez, y también Redentor.

Es nuestro Proveedor, Sanador, y nuestro Protector.

Es nuestro fiel compañero, guía, y nuestro buen amigo.

Perdona nuestros pecados y nos reconcilia a nuestro Padre.

Jesucristo nos bendice, no unge, y nos santifica como sus hijos.

Él siempre  es  leal y  fiel al  cumplir su  palabra y  la de  su Padre.

Es Omnipotente, Omnipresente y Omnisciente, pero manso y humilde.

JESUS GAVE UP EVERYTHING FOR US

Our Lord descended from heaven

so we  could  ascend  to it.

He became a mere mortal like us

so we could  be immortal.

He became sin by  taking  our sins

so we could become saints.

He suffered  horribly on  the  cross

so we would not go to hell.

He  resurrected  on  the  third  day

so we could  live  eternally.

JESUCRISTO LO DIO TODO POR NOSOTROS

Jesucristo descendió del cielo

para  que  pudiéramos  ascender  allá.

Se convirtió en un simple mortal

para  que pudiéramos  ser  inmortales.

Tomo  todos   nuestros  pecados

para que nos convirtiéramos en santos.

Sufrió  a  lo  máximo  en  la  cruz

para que no sufriéramos  en el infierno.

Resucitó  de  entre  los   muertos

para que pudiéramos vivir eternamente.

GOD WAS NOT THERE

I looked  for God in our President,

but  the President  had rejected Him.

I sought Him in our court system –

He had been declared  unconstitutional.

I  searched  for  Him  in  Congress,

but Congress  had  already excluded Him.

I tried to find  Him  in  our schools,

but  I  only  found  the  theory  of  evolution.

I went  to  see Him in our churches

but there I only found the prosperity message.

I  probed  into  the  humble  hearts

and  I  found   Him  there  happy  and   satisfied.

DIOS NO ESTABA ALLÍ

Busqué a Dios en el Presidente,

pero el Presidente lo había rechazado.

Inquirí  en  nuestro   Congreso,

pero ya  lo  habían  excluido  totalmente.

Pregunté en la Corte Suprema,

pero lo habían  declarado  inconstitucional.

Fui a nuestro  sistema  escolar,

y solamente  encontré  la teoría de evolución.

Me dirigí  a la iglesia cristiana,

y solamente escuché el mensaje de prosperidad.

Examiné los corazones humildes

Y  afortunadamente  allí  fue  donde  lo   encontré.

LET THE LIGHT OF GOD COME IN

If you are living in darkness

Let the light of Jesus  come in and  the darkness  will flee.

If  you  are  living  in hatred

Let the love of Jesus come in  and that hatred will leave.

If  you  have  not  repented

Repent and send that lack of repentance into oblivion.

If you have low self-esteem

Find out who you really are through the word of God.

If  you only  think of yourself

Leave that selfishness behind and love your brother.

If  you  are  not  a  Christian

Receive Jesus Christ and He will give you salvation.

PERMITE QUE ENTRE LA LUZ DE DIOS

Si estás viviendo en la oscuridad

permítele entrar a la luz de Dios y la oscuridad huirá.

Si vives con  odio  hacia alguien

deja que entre  el amor de Dios  y el odio  terminará.

Si todavía no te has arrepentido

arrepiéntete  y  manda  ese  resentimiento  al  olvido.

Si  tienes  muy  bajo autoestima

estudia la palabra de Dios  para que sepas quien eres.

Si solamente piensas en ti mismo

abandona el egoísmo y piensa en el prójimo también.

Si no has llegado a la luz de Dios

recibe al Señor  y él te saca de la horrible oscuridad.

YOUR WALL IS BROKEN

God is telling you…

Your wall  is  weak

because you are lukewarm.

Your wall is in peril

and your soul  is  in  jeopardy.

Your  wall  is  broken

because you are far from God.

Your wall will fall now

because  you  are deep into  sin.

Your  wall  is destroyed

because you  have rejected  Jesus.

TU MURO ESTÁ ROTO

Dios te dice…

Tu muro está muy débil

porque tú  estás  muy tibio.

Tu muro está en peligro

y tu alma se puede perder.

Tu  muro  ya  está  roto

porque estás lejos de Dios.

Tu  muro  se  desploma

porque estás en el pecado.

Tu muro se destruirá

porque  rechazaste  a Dios.

LEAVE THE WORLD BEHIND

We are to leave the things of the world behind

and think only of heavenly things.

We ought  to live  by  the  word of  the  living God

and  reject  the  lies  of  the  devil.

We must walk away from the darkness of this world

and walk into the light of the Lord.

We should take the temporary things with a grain of salt

and concentrate on what is eternal.

We must discard the hateful and unfruitful ways of the world

and change them for God’s loving ones.

It  would  behoove  us  to  trade  the uncertainties  all  around  us

for the certainties that God provides.

As  Christians  one  of  our  goals is to discard  the fears of  this world

and trade them for confidence in God.

The Bible instructs us  not to let the hopelessness of  this world  affect us

and wait for the blessed hope in Jesus.

Our biggest  mistake  is that we  try  to live  by our wisdom and  intelligence

instead  of  just  doing the will of  God.

DEJA EL MUNDO ATRÁS

Debemos dejar lo del mundo atrás

y pensar en  cosas  divinas.

Hay  que  vivir  por   la  palabra  de  Dios

y  rechazar  lo   del  diablo.

Debemos  alejarnos de la oscuridad mundana

y acercarnos a la luz de Dios.

Es necesario que descartemos las veredas del mundo

y sigamos los caminos de Dios.

No debemos  prestarles  atención a  las cosas temporarias

y concentrarnos  en  lo  eterno.

Bueno  sería que  cambiáramos  las incertidumbres  del  mundo

por  las  certidumbres  de Dios.

Siendo cristianos una de nuestras metas debe ser descartar todo temor

y  confiar  totalmente  en  Dios.

La palabra de Dios nos dice que  no caigamos en  la desesperanza del mundo

sino poner nuestros ojos en Dios.

Nuestro error más  grande es  tratar de vivir  por nuestra  inteligencia y  voluntad

en vez de en la voluntad de Dios.

WHAT IS IT ABOUT?

It’s not about me or what my will is.

It’s all about a living God – Creator of all things.

It’s not about what I can do or not do.

It’s about what God can do working through me.

It’s not about seeing people my way.

It’s about seeing people the way God sees them.

It’s not about amassing wealth here.

It’s about making  treasures  in heavenly places.

It’s not about working for salvation.

It’s about receiving Jesus as my Lord and Savior.

¿DE QUÉ SE TRATA?

No se trata de mí  ni de mi voluntad.

Se trata de un Dios viviente omnipotente.

No