Scriptures 2

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

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 se trata de lo que yo puedo hacer.

Se trata de lo que  Dios hace obrando en mí.

No se trata de cómo yo veo a la gente.

Se trata de  que yo la  vea con los  ojos  de Dios.

No se trata de acumular mucha riqueza.

Se trata de servir a Dios y hacer tesoros en el cielo.

No se  trata de  trabajar para  ser  salvos.

Se trata de recibir a Jesucristo como nuestro Salvador.

DO IT GOD’S WAY

Do not do things Frank Sinatra’s way

but do them God’s way.

Do not live your life the world’s way

but  live  it  God’s  way.

Do not make  decisions  your  way –

make them God’s way.

Do not treat others  just  your way –

treat them God’s way.

Don’t go to eternity the devil’s way.

Go into  it  God’s  way.

HAZLO A LA MANERA DE DIOS

No hagas las cosas a la manera de Frank Sinatra

sino a la manera de Dios.

No vivas tu vida a la manera de este mundo

sino a la manera de Dios.

No  hagas  las  decisiones  a  tu  manera

sino a la manera de Dios.

No  trates  al  prójimo  a  tu  manera

sino a la voluntad de Dios.

No vayas perdido a la eternidad

sino al cielo  con  tu  Dios.

IF GOD WERE NOT GOD

If God were not God

we would  have no  hope at all.

If God were not God

we would not even be alive.

If God were not God

there  would be no life at all.

If God were not God

 planet earth would not even exist.

If God were not God

nothing, but nothing that exists would exist.

SI DIOS NO FUERA DIOS

Si Dios no fuera Dios

no tuviéramos  esperanzas.

Si Dios no fuera Dios

ni  siquiera  tuviéramos  vida.

Si Dios no fuera Dios

este planeta ni siquiera existiera.

Si Dios no fuera Dios

ninguna clase  de vida se conociera.

Si Dios no fuera Dios

nada pero nada de lo que existe existiría.

THE BLOOD OF THE LAMB

The blood of the Lamb

is calling us out of the darkness.

The blood of Jesus Christ

is waiting to cleanse us of all sin.

The blood that Jesus shed

paid for all the sins of all mankind.

The precious blood of God

can open the gates of heaven to us.

The blood of our Lord Jesus

wants to reconcile us with our Father.

The pure blood of the Lamb

can give us eternal life with our Savior.

LA SANGRE DEL CORDERO

La  sangre  del  cordero

Nos pide que salgamos de la oscuridad.

La  sangre  de  Jesucristo

Esta esperando para limpiarnos del pecado.

La sangre que Jesús vertió

Pagó por todos los pecados de toda la humanidad.

La preciosa sangre de Dios

Es la que les abre  los portales del cielo a los hijos de Dios.

La sangre de nuestro Señor

Es por la cual podemos  reconciliarnos con  nuestro Padre celestial.

La sangre pura del cordero

Nos puede dar vida eterna con nuestro Padre y con nuestro Señor y Salvador.

THE GOD OF SALVATION

Everlasting God,

You had no beginning and you will have no end.

God of creation,

You  created  me  and  I  will  always  worship  You.

God of Abraham,

spiritually I am Your son and  by faith  I am Abraham’s.

God of the cross,

You gave up your life, but You resurrected for all believers.

God of Israel,

You have chosen Israel as  your people and  the believers too.

Forgiving God,

You have forgiven all my sins because I asked You to forgive me.

God   of  love,

You  give  us  unconditional  love  although  we  do not  deserve  it.

God  of  light,

You   have  brought your light to us in order to get us out of darkness.

God of wisdom,

You have taught us that fear of the Lord is the real beginning of wisdom.

God of power,

Although You are  powerful You  have  taught  us  humility  and  meekness.

God of  grace,

Although  we  don’t  deserve  forgiveness  nor  salvation  You give them to us.

Healing  God,

Regardless  of  what  illness  we may have,  You are willing and  able to heal us.

Redeemer God,

You  redeem  us of  any and  all wrongdoings  because You love us unconditionally.

EL DIOS DE LA SALVACIÓN

Dios de la eternidad,

no tuviste  comienzo  y jamás  tendrás  fin.

Dios de la creación,

porque  me creaste a mí,  siempre te adoraré.

Dios de Abraham,

en  espíritu  soy  tu   hijo  y  por  fe  de   Abraham.

Dios  de  la  cruz,

diste  tu  vida  por  nuestros  pecados  y    resucitaste.

Dios  de   Israel,

escogiste  a  los  israelitas  y  a  los  creyentes   también.

Dios perdonador,

te pedí perdón  por todos mis  pecados y me has perdonado .

Dios   de   amor,

nos has  brindado  amor incondicional  sin  que lo merezcamos.

Dios de luz divina,

nos has traído  tu luz para  que salgamos  de la horrible  oscuridad.

Dios de sabiduría,

nos has enseñado que el temor a Dios es el comienzo de la sabiduría.

Dios  del   poder,

aunque eres todopoderoso requieres  que seamos  humildes  y mansos.

Dios de la gracia,

aunque no  merecemos ni  la  salvación  ni el  perdón  nos  ofreces ambos.

Dios  Sanador,

sin importar la gravedad de la enfermedad  que tengamos nos puedes sanar.

Dios  redentor,

nos redimes con  tu sangre  de todo pecado  y maldad que  hagamos cometido.

WE HAVE NO CLUE

No mind has imagined

what God has for us in eternity.

No  eye  has   seen

the  colors it will enjoy  in heaven.

No  ear  has  heard

The choir of  angels  worshiping God .

No hand has touched

The softness it will feel in God’s presence.

No feet have walked

on the streets of gold as they will in heaven.

No man really knows

what God has prepared  for him after  this life.

NO TENEMOS LA MENOR IDEA

Nadie se imagina

lo que le espera en la eternidad.

Ningún  ojo  ha   visto

la variedad de colores que verá en el cielo.

Ningún oído ha escuchado

las  melodías de  los  ángeles  adorando  a  Dios.

Ninguna mano ha sentido

la suavidad de todo lo que sentirá en el cielo.

Ningún pie han andado

en calles de puro oro como las del cielo.

Ningún hombre sabe

todo lo  que Dios le ha preparado.

IT’S ONLY THROUGH JESUS

Abandon the devil’s lies and come to the truth.

You will find it in Jesus.

Leave the darkness and come to the light.

That  light  is  in Jesus.

If you are lost you may  find the way,

if you  come to  Jesus.

Enter heaven  through  the door,

and the door is Jesus.

Come to the presence of God.

Do it through Jesus.

If  you  need  a  miracle,

just call on Jesus.

Do you need peace?

It’s in Jesus.

SOLAMENTE EN CRISTO

Abandona las mentiras del diablo y ven a la verdad.

La encuentras en Jesús.

Sal de la oscuridad y ven a la verdadera luz.

Esa  luz  es  Jesucristo.

Si  estás  perdido,  busca  el  camino.

El  camino  es  Jesús.

Entra  al  cielo  por  la  puerta.

La  puerta  es  Jesús.

Ven a la presencia de Dios

por medio de Cristo.

¿Necesitas  milagro?

Clámale  a Dios.

¿Te falta paz?

Está en Jesús.

IT’S BECAUSE OF WHO HE IS

God does  not love you just  because of  who you  are.

He loves  you  because  of  who  He  is.

He is the essence of love.

God does not save you because of what you have done.

He saves  you because of what Jesus did.

He gave up His life for you.

God does  not really  listen to  you because  you  speak.

He listens to you because of your prayers.

Prayer can changes things.

God does not simply help you because you have a need.

He  helps  you  because  you  pray in faith.

Faith can move mountains.

ES POR QUIEN ES EL

Dios  no  te  ama  por  quien eres  tú.

Te ama por quien es él.

Él es puro amor.

Dios no te salva por lo que has hecho,

sino por lo que hizo Jesús.

Dio su vida por ti.

Dios no te escucha solo porque hablas.

Te oye porque tú le oras.

La oración es útil.

Dios no te ayuda por tus necesidades.

Te ayuda por tu fe en él –

mueve montañas.

BLESSED IS THE MAN

Blessed is the man

whose eyes are opened

for he shall see God’s light.

Blessed is the man

who sincerely repents

for  he  shall  be  forgiven.

Blessed is the man

 who makes Jesus  Lord

for he shall have salvation.

Blessed is the man

who lives just by faith

for God  will  be with  him.

Blessed is a Christian

when he leaves  this world

for his home will be in heaven.

BENDECIDO ES EL HOMBRE

Bendecido es el hombre

a  quien  se  le  abren  los  ojos

porque va a encontrar la luz de Dios.

Bendecido es el hombre

quien se  arrepiente  de  corazón

Porque sus pecados son  perdonados.

Bendecido es el hombre

cuyo Señor y Salvador es Jesús

porque jamás  perderá  su salvación.

Bendecido es el hombre

quien vive solamente por fe

porque Jehová siempre le  proveerá.

Bendecido es el cristiano

quien  abandona  este mundo

porque su nuevo hogar es el cielo

IF YOU RUN OUT OF ANSWERS

If you run out of answers before a problem in front of you

it  would be wise for you to turn to God.

If you  run  out of  money  before running out  of  month

find a better-paying job and plan better.

If you run  out of  patience before running out of  time

renew  your mind  and think  differently.

If you run out of time before you finish your projects

it is time to start  planning much better.

If you run out of options before you start a  project

forget all about it and don’t get involved.

If you run out of life before becoming a Christian

you  will  wind  up  suffering  in the  fire.

SI SE TE ACABAN LAS RESPUESTAS

Si se te acaban las respuestas ante un problema

sería mejor que se lo dieras a Dios.

Si se  te acaba el dinero  antes  que  se acabe el mes

busca  mejor  empleo  y  planea mejor.

Si se te acaba el tiempo antes que termines tus proyectos

es tiempo que comiences a planear mejor.

Si  se te  acaban  las opciones  antes de comenzar un proyecto

olvídalo y no  te  involucres  porque  fracasará.

Si  se  te  acaba  la  paciencia  antes  que  se  te  acabe  el  tiempo

cambia y transforma  tu mente  y modo  de pensar.

Si se  te acaba  la  vida antes de recibir a  Jesucristo  como tu Salvador

pasarás  la  eternidad  sufriendo  en el  lago de  fuego.

IT COMES FROM GOD

The true strength of a man

is  in his humility.

The real  justice of  a man

is his compassion.

The actual Sanctity of man

is obedience to God

The agape love a man has

comes  from  God.

How a man keeps his word

that  is  his  truth.

How a man treats people

that is  his worth.

The faith a man has in God

that sustains him.

How much God is in man

only God  knows.

VIENE DE DIOS

La fuerza del hombre

es  su  humildad.

La justicia de un hombre

es su compasión.

La santidad de un hombre –

 obedecer  a  Dios.

El  amor  que  tiene  el  hombre

viene de su Dios.

Como el hombre cumple su palabra

esa es su verdad.

El tratamiento que el hombre da a otros

es lo que él vale.

La fe que tiene un hombre en su Dios –

eso lo sostiene.

Cuánto hay de Dios en una persona

sólo Dios lo sabe.

IT’S ALL AROUND YOU

Light is all around you

but you must come out of darkness.

Faith is looking at you

but you have to let go of your unbelief.

Hope is next to you

but  you  should discard  all hopelessness.

Confidence is waiting

for you  to  face and  overcome  your  fears.

Love   is   within  you

but you must  forgive and say good-bye to hate.

The Holy Spirit is near

but so far you have  kept  Him  totally  unemployed.

God  is very   patient.

That’s why He waits for you to repent and come to Him.

Heaven is there for you

but only if you receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.

ESTÁ A TU ALREDEDOR

Hay luz todo alrededor de ti

pero tienes que salir de la oscuridad.

La fe te está  persiguiendo

pero tienes que soltar la incredulidad.

La esperanza está a tu lado

pero sólo si abandonas la inseguridad.

La confianza está esperando

que  triunfes  sobre  todos  tus  miedos

El amor ya fue plantado en ti

pero sólo florece  si descartas el  odio.

El Espíritu Santo ya vive en ti

pero solamente obra si le das permiso.

Dios ha sido paciente contigo.

Espera que  te arrepientas  de corazón.

El cielo será verdadero para ti

pero  sólo si  Jesucristo  es tu  Redentor.

HELP ME BE LIKE YOU

Father, help me hear You

the way You want me to hear You.

God, allow me to feel You

the  way You want me to feel You.

Jesus, permit me to see You

the way  You want me to see You.

 Spirit  let  me  befriend   You

the way You want to be befriended.

Master, I want to  obey  You

the way You want be to obey You.

Savior, guide me to live now

just the way You want me to live.

Jesus, give me love for others

the  way  they  need  to  be loved.

Father, receive me in heaven

according  to Your  righteousness.

AYÚDAME A SER COMO TÚ

Padre, ayúdame a oírte

como deseas que yo te oiga.

Dios, permíteme sentirte

como quieres  que  te sienta.

Jesucristo, déjame verte

como  deseas  que  yo te vea.

Espíritu, soy tu amigo,

¿cómo  quieres  que  lo  sea?

Amo, deseo obedecerte

como  sé  que  debo  hacerlo.

Señor Jesús, quiero vivir

como tú  quieras que yo viva.

Dios, ayúdame a amar

como  tú  quieres  que  ame.

Jesucristo, recíbeme tú

cuando yo llegue a los cielos.

DON’T BE A FOOL

Don’t spend time chasing the wind .

It’s pure  foolishness.

Don’t look for the elusive butterfly.

You will never find  it.

Don’t be  a perennial  daydreamer.

You’ll be wasting time.

Don’t go to the end of the rainbow.

There is no pot of gold.

Don’t try to make castles in the air.

They are just fantasies.

Don’t just hope  for a better future.

Prepare yourself for it.

NO SEAS TONTO

No pierdas tiempo persiguiendo al viento.

Es  pura  tontería.

Ni siquiera intentes  buscar  la mariposa  falaz.

No la encontrarás.

No te permitas el lujo de ser un perenne soñador.

Perderás tu tiempo.

No vayas  en  busca  del  final de un  arco iris.

No hay olla de oro.

No trates  de hacer castillos  en el aire.

Sólo son fantasías.

No esperes tener mejor futuro.

Prepárate y llegará.

DECIDE TO BELIEVE

You’ve been questioning God’s truths -

question  the devil’s  lies.

You have been doing nothing but your will –

start doing the will of God.

You have been walking in  the darkness of  sin –

start walking in God’s  light.

You have been making all your treasures on earth –

start making  them in heaven.

You have  been  running away  from God  all your  life –

It’s time to start running to Him.

DECIDE CREER

Has cuestionado las verdades de Dios –

cuestiona las  mentiras  del diablo.

Todo lo que has hecho es sólo tu voluntad –

ahora comienza a hacer la de Dios.

Sólo has caminado en la oscuridad  del pecado –

empieza a caminar en la luz de Dios.

Has hecho  todos  tu s tesoros  aquí  en  esta  tierra –

comienza  a  hacer  unos  en  el cielo.

Has pasado tu vida entera  huyéndole a Dios  tu Salvador –

se te llegó el tiempo de correr hacia él.

GUIDE ME, LORD

Father God

have me see through your eyes.

Lord Jesus

let me hear through your ears.

Holy Spirit

help   me  think  as  you  think.

Mighty God

use  my  hands  as  your hands.

Precious God

have  me  forgive  as  you  do.

Loving Lord

I  want  to  love  a s you  love.

Blessing God

bless many others  using  me.

Savior  Lord

save many others through me.

GUíAME, SEÑOR

Dios   Eterno

déjame que vea por tus ojos.

Poderoso Dios

permíteme  oír por tus oídos

Espíritu Santo

ayúdame a pensar como  tú.

Dios de amor

usa mis manos  como  tuyas.

 Precioso Dios

 yo quiero  perdonar como tú.

Señor  Jesús

deseo  amar  como  amas   tú.

Padre  Dios

bendice  a  muchos  usándome.

Señor Salvador

salva a muchos utilizándome a mí.

IT WAS DONE AT THE CROSS

If you rebelled against God

bury  that  rebellion  in  the  past.

If you have been indifferent

leave  that indifference to others.

If you have been  lukewarm

it’s time that you became red-hot.

If you have been a bystander

be transformed into a participant.

If you have been a selfish one

think of others and help them too.

If you are having evil thoughts

take those thought  into  captivity.

If you cannot forgive someone

God can  help  your unforgiveness.

If you have unfounded fears

much greater is God who is in you.

If you are afraid of dying

know  that  you  have  eternal life.

 

SE CUMPLIÓ EN LA CRUZ

Si te rebelaste contra Dios

entierra esa rebeldía en el pasado.

Si tú  has sido indiferente

deja  esa  indiferencia  para  otros.

Si estás en un estadio tibio

debes cambiar y  ponerte caliente.

Si la has hecho de mirón

es tiempo de iniciar participación.

Si has sido muy egoísta

piensa primero en otros y ayúdales.

A tus malos pensamientos

tómalos en cautiverio y descártalos.

Si no has podido perdonar

llévaselo a Dios en súplica y oración.

Si tienes temor sin razón

más grande es Dios quien vive en ti.

Si tienes miedo de morir

debes saber que con Dios tú vivirás.

GOD SURPASSES ALL UNDERSTANDING

If you are searching for truth

that  surpasses  all  understanding

read the Bible.

If  you   need  understanding

that  surpasses  all  understanding

come to God.

If  you  want  a   special  love

that  surpasses  all  understanding

befriend  God.

If  you   need   a  real   peace

that  surpasses  all  understanding

embrace  God.

If  you are looking for a light

that  surpasses  all  understanding

find it in Jesus.

If  you  cannot  find  the  joy

that  surpasses  all  understanding

it’s only in God.

If you don’t  have  salvation

that  surpasses  all  understanding

come to Christ.

If  you want to live that  life

that  surpasses  all  understanding

live it  for God.

NO ONE TAUGHT GOD

Who taught God to create?

No one.

He creates by His own will.

Who  taught  God  to love?

No one.

He is the  essence  of   love.

Who  taught God  to shine?

No one.

He is the light of  the world.

Who taught power to God?

No one.

All power comes from Him.

Who taught God to forgive?

No one.

Forgiveness is in His nature.

Who taught God  to  judge?

No one.

He judges by righteousness.

Who taught Jesus to suffer?

No one.

He did it obeying His Father.

Why did Jesus Christ suffer?

He did

so we could have salvation.

 

GOD GIVES, THE DEVIL TAKES AWAY

God gives us life

the devil tries to take it away.

God gives us confidence

the devil replaces it with fear.

God gives  us the truth

the devil distorts  it with  lies.

God  gives us His light

the devil  brings his darkness.

God  is  edifying  us

the devil trying to destroy us.

God gives  us  love

the  devil  only offers  hatred.

God is forgiving us

but the  devil  is accusing  us.

You choose who?

Choose God and you will live.

THE IMPOSSIBLE IS POSSIBLE WITH GOD

Are you so deep in sin that you think you have no hope?

With God all things are possible.

He wants to help you.

Call on Him now!

Are  you so ill  that  the  doctors  cannot give  you  hope?

Jesus Christ is the master healer.

Only  He  can  heal  you.

Ask Him in faith.

Is your marriage in such a  state that you’ve given up hope?

It may be  saved  if you  believe.

Put  it  in God’s  hands.

God will help you.

Is your  situation  in  such  a  state  that you  see no  way  out?

The impossible is  possible in God.

Claim it in  the  Bible –

Mark 10:27.

Do you feel that no one listens to you because you don’t matter?

God hears you  and He loves you.

You matter to Him.

Seek  Him!

REBUKING ALL NEGATIVITY

I move away from the spirit of indifference

and  move toward the  one of  belief.

I remove all worldly darkness from  my life

 and open the door to the light of God.

I  just canceled the spirit of unbelief in me

to  live  by  faith  in  my  Lord  Jesus..

I have  bound  the  spirit  of  disobedience

 and from here on I will obey my God.

I purposely diffused the spirit of confusion

 In order to live in the certainty of God.

I rebuke the  spirit of  fear which is in  me

and I release  the spirit of  confidence.

I have dismantled the spirit of frustration

In order to install the spirit of  elation

I  will  abandon  the  spirit  of  selfishness

 and replace it with the spirit of giving.

I have disassociated myself  from turmoil.

Now I embrace the spirit  of serenity.

I got rid of all the negative spirits in my life

bringing  positivity  into  my   world.

YOU CAME TO SEE ME

Lord,

I was in turmoil

and you gave me peace.

I  was  a prisoner

and you freed me from sin.

I was in the dark

and you brought  me light.

I  had  no  hope

and you  gave me  some.

I was way down

and you picked me up.

I was  in  jail

and you visited me.

I was hungry

and  you  fed   me.

I  was  sick

and  you  were  there.

I  was  sad

and you brought me joy.

I was  blind

and  you  opened my eyes.

 I was so deaf

and  you unplugged my  ears.

I was thirsty

and  you  gave  me living water

IN THE TWINKLING OF AN EYE

You are alive now

but you could be dead in the twinkling of an eye.

You are here now

but you could  be in  hell  faster than a  speeding  bullet.

You feel safe now

but in a heartbeat you could be with the devil and his demons.

Life  seems  long

but faster than you can count one, two, three you could lose your life.

You don’t  worry

but in an instant you could leave this  world behind and go to the next one.

You don’t think so

but swifter than an eagle’s  flight  you  could  find  yourself  burning  in  torment.

You don’t realize it

but if you receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior you could live with Him forever.

IT’S NOT AS BAD

Being  confused  about  something  physical

is not as bad

as being confused about something that is spiritual. 

Spending time in jail for a crime we committed

is not as bad

as spending eternity in the lake of fire for not repenting. 

Being blind physically and not being able to see

is not as bad

as someone who is  blind spiritually and  just refuses to  see.

Being guilty of an earthly crime and repenting

is not as bad

as being guilty of  sinning  without repenting or  being  forgiven. 

Being mute physically not being able to speak

is not as bad

as not being able or  not  wanting  to talk to God on a regular  basis.

Being deaf physically and not being able to hear

is not as bad

as being deaf  spiritually  and  not  being able  to hear the  voice  of  God. 

For a Christian going through a physical death

is not as bad

as for an unbeliever who goes  through the second death and straight to hell.

CHRIST THE SOLID ROCK

On Christ the Rock

my feet do stand

for everything else is sinking sand.

On the love Rock

my hope is placed

for everything else  is foolishness.

The Rock of light

gives light to me;

Everything  else  in darkness lies.

My   hope  is   in

 Jesus    my  Lord;

Everything else  is hopelessness.

My destiny is in

my Lord’s hands

for He is the way, truth and life.

THERE IS NO OTHER NAME UNDER THE SUN

Other than Jesus

there is no other name

under which God will hear us.

Other than Jesus

there is no other name

under which we can be blessed.

Other than Jesus

there is no other name

under which we can be anointed.

Other than Jesus

there is no other name

under which  we  can  be  justified.

Other than Jesus

there is no other name

under  which  we  can  be  sanctified.

Other than Jesus

there is no other name

under  which  we can  be  truly  healed.

Other than Jesus

there is no other name

 in which we can conquer the second death.

Other than Jesus

there is no other name

under which  our souls can  actually be  saved.

Other than Jesus

there is no other name

through  which  we  can enter  the  pearly gates.

Other than Jesus

there is no other name

under which we can spend eternity with Father God.

WHAT IS JESUS?

Is Jesus Christ a man or a god?

He  is  really  both.

Does He act  in love or  in hatred?

He is  perfect  love.

Does  He  live  in  light or  in darkness?

He is a shining light

Does  He act out of  strength or  weakness?

He   is  very   meek

Does He represent truthfulness or deceitfulness?

He is the real truth.

Is  Jesus  Christ  a  righteous  or  an  unrighteous god?

He is just righteous.

BECAUSE GOD IS WHO HE IS

Because God is love

He loves me just the way I am.

Because He is light

He doesn’t see the darkness in me.

 He  is  omnipotent

and does not see the  weakness  in me.

He is omnipresent

and because of  that I never ever feel alone.

He  is  omniscient

and therefore knows exactly what is in my heart.

Because He is merciful

He  blots  out  all  my  sins  and  gives  me  salvation.

FROM ABOVE

When you don’t know what to do

look for God up above.

When you find yourself in darkness

 the   light   from  above.

When  it seems  that all  hope is  gone

seek  hope from  above.

When fear has crippled and paralyzed you

get courage from above.

When you have  lost  all  faith and  confidence

renew  them  from above.

When you are ill  and the  doctors  cannot heal  you

your healing is from above.

When you are being attacked senselessly and mercilessly

help will  come  from  above.

When  you  have  sinned  and  want  undeserved  forgiveness

Jesus will save you from above.

I CANNOT UNDERSTAND

I cannot understand how God created everything that exists.

It  must  be because  He is  omnipotent.

I do not envision  the  Creator shaping us  in His own  image.

It must be  because He wanted children.

I will never conceive what Jesus endured to pay for our sins.

It must be because He loves us so much.

I fail to understand how God knows and sees everything I do.

It must  be because  He  is  omnipresent.

It’s beyond my understanding why God is giving us eternal life.

It  must  be  so  we  can  live  with  Him.

 

GOD IS PERFECT

God created all the galaxies that exist

because He is the Creator.

He brought life into  existence out of nothing

simply  because He is life.

He spoke light  into  the  darkness  of  this  planet

because  He  is  the  light.

He created the garden of Eden as perfect as could be

because He is perfection.

The   Devil  brought  darkness  into  this  world

because  he  is  darkness.

Jesus  brought  salvation  back to us

because He is the Savior.

THROUGH THE BLOOD OF JESUS

From my darkness I came out

and it was through the blood of Jesus.

Now in freedom of mind I live

and it’s because of the blood of Jesus.

I am cleansed of all my sins

and it is  through  the  blood of Jesus.

I was made as white as snow

being washed with the blood of Jesus.

Some day in heaven I will be

and it’s because of the blood of Jesus.

The  devil  is  under  my  feet

and  it’s  due  to  the  blood  of  Jesus.

WITH GOD IT’S POSSIBLE

God can bring you real hope

when you have none.

God can make a way for you

when there is no way.

God can open the door for you

when  it  seems  shut.

God  can  bring light  to your life

to erase the darkness.

God  can  heal  you  o f any   illness

when  doctors  can’t.

God can  heal any  broken  relationship

that is dead to  you.

God  wants  to forgive  you  of  all  your  sins

If  you just  ask Him.

With His Son’s blood God has paved a road to heaven

for  you to follow it

A CHRISTIAN SHOULD…

A Christian should…

live by faith, not by sight.

A believer should…

walk in love, not in hate.

A son of God should…

emit light,  not darkness.

A redeemed should…

do  God’s  will,  not  his.

A  real saint should…

serve God, not the devil.

WHO AM I REALLY?

Who am I really?

You are a son of the Living God.

John 1:12-13

What am I now?

You are much more than a conqueror.

Romans 8:37

What can I do?

You can do  all  things  through  Jesus  Christ.

Philippians 4:13

What protects me?

Every  morning  just  put  on  the full armor of  God.

Ephesians 6:11

Should  I  fear?

Fear nothing because even the devil has to flee from  you.

James  4:7

What worries me?

Nothing –  in  prayer  you  can  turn  your  worries  over to God.

Philippians 4:6

What defeats me?

Nothing  can  because  no  weapon  forged against  you shall  prosper.

Isaiah 54:17

Will I live long?

Being a Christian you will live eternally with your Father and the Lord Jesus.

Revelation 22:5

ETERNALLY GOD.

God is holy and His holiness

will never diminish.

He is  good  and  His goodness

shall   never   end

He  Is  love  and  His  agape  love

is  there  for you.

He  is   merciful   and   His  mercies

endure  forever.

He is righteous and His righteousness

is  without  limits.

Because He is eternal He is the one that

created eternity

YOU ARE LIMITED

Your love is conditional

but God’s love is unconditional

for  He  is love.

Your  wisdom is  limited

but God’s wisdom is unlimited.

He is omniscient.

Your strength is temporal

but God’s strength  is  eternal.

He is omnipotent.

You  cannot  forgive  sins

but  Jesus  can  forgive  them.

He is the Redeemer

You can  be at one  place

but God  can  be  everywhere.

He is omnipresent.

MY TRUST IS IN GOD

Some only trust in themselves

while others  trust  in their  religion.

There are those who trust in their position

while others  simply put  their  trust in  money.

Then there are those whose trust  is in their power

but as  for me and  my house, we  put our trust  in God.

WITHOUT LOVE YOU GAIN NOTHING

If your faith is not in our Lord Jesus Christ

you eternity  is not  too good.

If your hopes are not based on solid principles

you  will never achieve  them.

If you say you have faith in God but have no works

that faith is as dead as can be.

If you are  doing  works  but doing  them without  love

it’s as if you hadn’t done them.

If you  have a  vision  but don’t  have  the courage to do  it,

It is as if  you did  not  have  it.

If you don’t  understand  the destiny God has  prepared for you

you will never ever be fulfilled.

If you know that God exists  but don’t  have a relationship with Him

your home won’t be in heaven.

WHEN I AM WEAK, GOD IS STRONG

When I am weak

my  God  is strong,

and  when I am down

He always picks me up.

If I should stumble and sin

His blood  would  cover  me.

When all  the doors  are  closed

He reaches down and opens them.

When  I  feel  alone  and   afraid

He provides  courage for me.

When I walk in the darkness

He brings me to His light.

When I leave this body

I will be with Him.

THIS IS THE PERFECT TIME

This  is  the  right  time

for you to start thinking about your eternity.

This is  the perfect time

for  you to repent  of  the sins  you have committed.

This is the exact moment

 you should be on your knees asking God to forgive your sins.

This  is  the  time  God  set

for you to receive Jesus Christ in your heart as your Lord and Savior.

Proverbs (Sayings)

IT’S GOOD TO TRAVEL (December 8, 2016)

A Moorish proverb says:  “He who does not travel does not know the value of men.”

When a person travels he learns a lot from the different cultures.  At the same time he learns that most of us are very much alike, regardless of where we may live.  As odd as it may sound, he also learns a lot about himself.

If you have not traveled or have traveled very little, start taking advantage of every opportunity to travel that may present itself to you.  The best education a person can have is acquired by raveling and meeting different kinds of people around the world.

ES BUENO VIAJAR (8 de Diciembre 2016)

Hay un proverbio morisco que dice: “El que no viaja no conoce el valor de los hombres.”

Cuando una persona viaja aprende muchas cosas de las diferentes culturas.  Al mismo tiempo aprende que la gente por todo el mundo es muy parecida.  Y tan raro como se oiga o parezca,  el hombre que viaja aprende mucho de sí mismo.

Si no has viajado, o si has viajado muy poco, aprovecha toda oportunidad de viajar que se te presente. La mejor educación que puedas tener la adquirirás al viajar y al conocer diferentes personas alrededor del mundo.

NO MORE, NO LESS (December 1, 2016)

There is a Brazilian saying that says:  “You can only take out of the bag what was already in it.”  If we apply it to us it means that we can only give what we have, whether it be money, talent, wisdom, intelligence, kindness, encouragement, strength and so on.  We cannot give what we do not have.

NI MÁS, NI MENOS (Primero de Diciembre 2016)

Hay un dicho brasileño que dice: “Solamente puedes sacar de la bolsa lo que ya tiene.”

Si nos lo aplicamos significa que solamente podemos dar de lo que tenemos, ya sea dinero, talento, sabiduría, inteligencia, amabilidad, fuerza,  aliento, ánimo o lo que sea. No podemos dar lo que no tenemos.

MAKE IT PERFECT (November 24, 2016)

There is an anonymous proverb that says:  “Don’t wait for the perfect moment.  Take the moment and make it perfect.”

I don’t know who said it first, but it is excellent advice.  More of us should start doing exactly that.  There would be much more happiness in this world.

PERFECCIONA EL MOMENTO (24 de Noviembre 2016)

Hay un proverbio anónimo que dice: “No esperes por el momento perfecto.  Toma el momento y hazlo perfecto.”

No sé quien fue el primero que lo dijo, pero es un consejo excelente.  Todos deberíamos hacer eso.  Si lo hiciéramos habría mucha más felicidad en el mundo.

 

DON’T TOUCH THE SORE SPOT (November 17, 2016)

There is a Jamaican proverb that says:  “If you go to a donkey’s house, don’t talk about ears.”

It actually means that we should not bring up in a discussion a subject that is extremely sensitive to the other person.  If we do, we may hurt him or he could even get mad.  We have nothing to gain, and plenty  to lose if we do it.

NO PONGAS EL DEDO EN LA LLAGA (17 de Noviembre 2016)

Hay un refrán jamaiquino que dice:  “Si vas a la casa de un burro, no hables de orejas.”

Lo que nos dice es que en una discusión no toquemos un tema que sea muy sensible para la otra persona.  Si lo hacemos, podemos lastimarle los sentimientos o hasta se puede enojar. No tenemos nada que ganar y mucho que perder.

En español tenemos, más o menos, un refrán que significa lo mismo.  Nosotros decimos:  “No pongas el dedo en la llaga.”

TIME KEEPS ON MOVING  (November 10, 2016)

A wise saying that comes from Great Britain that says:  “Time waits for no one.”

Regardless of what we do or do not do, time keeps moving on.  We should learn to use the time wisely and make the most of it every single day.  If we fail to plan for the future, then we plan to fail.  It is that simple.

Regardless of who we may be all of us have twenty-four hours in a day.  What we do with that time is entirely up to us.  Therefore we should take advantage of every opportunity, because unlike some of the Hollywood movies we cannot go back in time.  Once it’s over, it’s over.

EL TIEMPO SIGUE ADELANTE  (10 de Noviembre 2016)

Nos llega un proverbio sabio de Inglaterra que dice:  “El tiempo no espera a nadie.”

No importa lo que hagamos o no hagamos, el tiempo sigue su marcha.  Debemos aprender a usarlo sabiamente y aprovecharlo diariamente.  Si no planeamos, planeamos fracasar. Esa es la realidad.

Sin importar quienes seamos, todos tenemos veinticuatro horas en un día.  Lo que hacemos con ese tiempo depende totalmente de cada uno de nosotros.  Debemos aprovechar todas las oportunidades que se nos presenten porque,  diferente al pensamiento de las películas en Hollywood, no podemos regresar al pasado.  Cuando el tiempo ha pasado, ha pasado.

LOVE MAKES IT POSSIBLE (November 3, 2016)

A proverb from India says:  “It is love that makes the impossible, possible.”

They are correct in saying that.  The Bible tells us that love covers a multitude of sins (1 Peter 4:8).  Only through the love of God are we able to forgive others.  After all, all of us are sinners, and yet God forgives us if we repent, ask Him to forgive us and receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.  If we do that, not only does He forgive us, but He gives us eternal life with Him.

 

EL AMOR LO HACE POSIBLE ( 3 de Noviembre 2016)

Un proverbio de la India dice:  “Es el amor el que hace lo imposible, posible.”

Tienen toda la razón en decir eso.  La biblia nos dice que el amor cubre una multitud de pecados (1 Pedro 4:8).  Solamente en el amor de Dios podemos perdonar al prójimo.  Después de todo, todos nosotros somos pecadores, y sin embargo Dios nos perdona si nos arrepentimos, le pedimos perdón, y aceptamos a Jesucristo como nuestro Señor y Salvador.  Si hacemos eso, no tan solo nos perdona, sino que también nos da vida eterna con él.

LOVE LIVES IN THE LIGHT

A Burundian proverb says:  “Where there is love there is no darkness.”

That darkness is the darkness of sin, hatred, depression, low self-esteem and everything that is negative.  It could very well say:  “Where there is love there is no hatred, racial prejudice and so on.”

 

EL AMOR VIVE EN LA LUZ

Un proverbio burundés dice:  “Donde hay amor no hay oscuridad.”

Esa oscuridad es la oscuridad del pecado, odio, depresión, bajo autoestima, y todo lo demás que sea negativo.  Pudiera decir:  “Donde hay amor no hay odio, perjuicio racial, etcétera.”

DON’T CRITICIZE (October 20, 2016)

There is a saying in English that says:  “People who live in glass houses should not cast stones.”

It simply means that a person who has a specific weakness should not criticize others who have the same weakness.  In other words, a drunk should not criticize another drunk because he drinks.  Do you live in a glass house?  If you do, don’t cast stones.

NO CRITIQUES (20 de Octubre 2016)

Hay un dicho en ingles que dice:  “La gente que vive en casas de cristal no debe arrojar piedras.”

Simplemente significa que las personas quienes tienen una específica debilidad no deben criticar a los que tienen la misma.  En otras palabras, una persona con el vicio del alcoholismo no debe criticar a los que toman licor.  ¿Vives en una casa de cristal?  Si tu respuesta es sí, no arrojes piedras.

CHANGE YOURSELF (October 13, 2016)

A Portuguese proverb says:  “Change yourself and fortune will change.”

The proverb is right on target.  In most cases, unless a person changes from within, there will be no changes from without. There are persons who never change, and yet they expect their circumstances to change.  Sometimes they switch jobs, they change spouses or they move to another town, but since they don’t change themselves, their situations don’t change.

CAMBIA TU MODO DE SER (13 de Octubre 2016)

Un proverbio portugués dice: “Cambia tu modo de ser, y tu suerte cambiará.”

Ese proverbio le pega al clavo.  En la mayoría de los casos, a menos que la persona cambie su modo de ser o de pensar, no le cambiará la vida.  Hay personas quienes jamás cambian, y sin embargo esperan que las circunstancias les cambien.  A veces cambian de empleo, de pareja o se mudan a otro pueblo, pero como ellos no cambian, su situación no cambia tampoco.

EVIL GROWS RAPIDLY

An Ethiopian proverb says:  “Evil enters like a needle and spreads like an oak tree.”

A good example is when a young person tastes drugs for the first time.  It seems innocent enough and it does not harm him at first, but then it becomes a horrible habit. It is the same with any other sin or bad habit, such as stealing, cheating, lying, running away from problems, blaming others, procrastinating, arguing, fighting and so on.

LA MALDAD CRECE RÁPIDAMENTE

Un proverbio de Etiopía dice:  “La maldad entra como una aguja y se desparrama como un árbol roble.” Un buen ejemplo es cuando un jovencito prueba la droga por la primera vez. No lo lastima y hasta parece ser buena, pero más tarde se convierte en un hábito malísimo. Funciona igual con otros vicios o hábitos como robar, engañar, mentir, culpar a otros, discutir, pelear, evadir las responsabilidades, procrastinar y con muchos otros hábitos.

ALLOW LOVE TO REIGN

They have a proverb in India that says:  “Where love reigns the impossible may be attained.”

The reason that much may be attained is because people will agree and even if they do not, they will agree to disagree.  Either way, they will accomplish their goals.  Where there is hatred, envy or division very little get accomplished.

PERMITE QUE REINE EL AMOR

En la India tienen un proverbio que dice:  “Donde reina el amor lo imposible se puede lograr.”

La razón que mucho se puede lograr es que las personas están de acuerdo, y si no lo están han decidido obrar juntos en armonía.  Sea como sea logran sus metas.  Cuando hay odio, envidia o división muy poco se puede lograr

DISCIPLINE YOUR CHILD (September 22, 2016)

A Hebrew saying says:  “Hosech shivto sono bno,” which means, “He who spares the whip hates his son.”  There is also Bible scripture – Proverb 13:24 – that says:  “He who spares his rod hates his son, but he who loves him disciplines him promptly.”

God commands us to love our children just as He loves us, but sometimes we have to discipline them because they are misbehaving.  If we don’t do it while they are children, when they grow up they will continue in the path of unrighteousness.

Of course the discipline has to be adequate to their age and the offence committed.  Unfortunately many parents go overboard and punish them severely.  That goes against God because He is a Father who is compassionate, merciful, forgiving and loving.

DISCIPLINE A SUS NIÑOS (22 de Septiembre 2016)

Un refrán hebreo dice:  “Hosech shivto sono bno,” que significa, “El que no utiliza mucho su látigo odia a su hijo.” Hay una escritura bíblica – Proverbio 13:24 – que dice:  “El que utiliza muy poco su vara odia a su hijo, pero si lo ama lo disciplina prontamente.”

Dios nos manda que amemos a nuestros hijos igualmente como él nos ama, pero a veces tenemos que disciplinarlos, porque se han portado mal.  Si no los disciplinamos cuando son niños crecen en el camino de la maldad.

Pero claro, la disciplina tiene que ser adecuada para la edad del niño y la ofensa que se haya cometido.  Desafortunadamente muchos padres castigan a sus hijos cruel y severamente.  Eso va totalmente contra Dios, porque él es compasivo, misericordioso, amable, perdonador, y lleno de amor.

NOBODY IS UGLY IN HIS OWN EYES (September 15, 2016)

A Haitian proverb says:  “A Monkey never thinks his baby is ugly.”

Nobody is ugly in his own eyes and neither are his or her children.  It all depends on how we look at things.  To God everything is beautiful because He created it.  If we were to learn to find the beauty and what is good in everything we see, this world would be a much better place.

NADIE ES FEO EN SUS PROPIOS OJOS (15 de Septiembre 2016)

Un proverbio Haitiano dice:  “Una mona jamás piensa que su bebé es feo.”

Nadie es feo en sus propios ojos ni lo son sus hijos.  Todo depende del color del cristal con que se miran las cosas.  Para Dios todo es hermoso porque él lo creó.  Si aprendiéramos a buscar lo bello y lo bueno en todo lo que vemos, este mundo sería mucho mejor de lo que es

MAKE YOUR OWN DECISIONS (September 8, 2016)

A Chinese proverb says:  “A wise man makes his own decisions, an ignorant man follows the public opinion.”

This proverb hits the nail right on the head.  Unfortunately today people follow the crowd.  Everything has to be politically-correct.  People don’t think for themselves anymore. The ones who do are criticized, ostracized and even insulted.  Be your own person and make your own decisions.

HAZ TUS PROPIAS DECISIONES (8 de Septiembre 2016)

Un proverbio chino dice:  “Un hombre sabio hace sus propias decisiones, un hombre ignorante sigue la opinión pública.”

Este proverbio le pega al clavo.  Desgraciadamente actualmente la gente sigue la opinión pública.  Todo tiene que ser políticamente correcto.  La gente no piensa por sí misma.  Los que sí piensan por sí mismos son criticados, excluidos, desterrados e insultados.  Tienes que ser tu propia persona y hacer tus propias decisiones.

DON’T STIR IT UP (August 1, 2016)

There’s a Dutch proverb that says:  “Do not wake up sleeping dogs.”

What it really means is that we should not stir up or provoke trouble, but just leave things as they are. An example:  Russia or China could stir up trouble, which would cause a war with the United States and millions upon millions of people would die on both sides.  It’s much better to let the dog sleep.

Of course, this also applies to you.  Keep peace in your family, with your friends, with your coworkers, with your neighbors and with everybody else.

NO SE LE BUSCA RUIDO AL CHICHARRÓN (Primero de Agosto 2016)

Hay un proverbio holandés que dice: “No despiertes a los perros dormidos.”

Lo que significa es que no debemos provocar a otros o empeorar la situación.  A veces es mejor que dejemos la situación en paz. Ejemplo:  Rusia o China provocan a los Estados Unidos de América, hay guerra, y mueren millones de millones de personas en ambos lados.  Es mucho mejor dejar que el perro duerma.

Esto también te aplica a ti.  Debes mantener la paz en tu familia, con tus amigos, con tus vecinos, con tus compañeros de trabajo, y con todos los demás.

THE SUN RISES FOR EVERYONE (August 25, 2016)

A Cuban proverb, which comes from the Bible says:  “Cuando el sol sale, sale para todos,” which of course means: “When the sun rises, it rises for everyone.” In Matthew 5:45, Jesus tells us:  “…that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes the sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.”  In other words, all of us go through good times and bad times, trials and tribulations, sickness and good health, encouragement and discouragement, wins and losses, happiness and sadness, frustrations and jubilations and so on.  The only difference is how we react to our circumstances.  Are you a positive person or a negative one?

EL SOL SALE PARA TODOS (25 de Agosto 2016)

Un proverbio cubano que sin duda viene de la biblia dice:  “Cuando el sol sale, sale para todos.”

En Mateo 5:45, Jesucristo nos dice:  “…para que sean hijos de su Padre que está en los cielos: que hace que su sol salga sobre los malos y sobre los buenos, y que llueva sobre los justos y los injustos.” En otras palabras, todos pasamos por buenos tiempos y malos tiempos, pruebas y tribulaciones, enfermedades y buena salud,  aliento y desaliento, victorias y derrotas, alegría y tristeza, frustraciones y júbilo, etcétera.  La única diferencia es como reaccionamos a las circunstancias.  ¿Eres una persona positiva o negativa?

IT’S NOT HOW MUCH YOU START, IT’S HOW MUCH YOU FINISH

From Germany comes a proverb that says:  “Who begins too much accomplishes little.”

This is very true.  In English we say:  “Don’t bite more than you can chew.”  In Spanish we say:
“El que mucho abarca poco aprieta,” which means:  “He who embraces too much, tightens very little.”

It’s not about how many projects you undertake or how fast you start, it’s about finishing what you start and doing a good job at it. 

NO SE TRATA DE CUANTO PROYECTOS COMIENZAS

En Alemania hay un refrán que dice:  “El que comienza mucho, logra muy poco.”

Es muy verdadero.  En español tenemos un refrán parecido que dice:  “El que mucho abarca poco aprieta.”  En inglés hay uno que dice:  “Don’t bite more than you can chew” que significa: “No muerdas más de lo que puedas masticar.”

No se trata de cuantos proyectos comiences o que tan rápido los  empieces, se trata de terminar lo que comienzas y de hacerlo bien.  

HOW DO YOU SEE IT? (August 11, 2016)

There is an English proverb that says:  “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.”

Yes, that is very true.  If it were not for that some of those painting would not sell for millions of dollars.  Some people would never find a spouse if beauty were not in the eyes of the beholder. Without that principle consumerism would not be as effective and as important as it really is.  What one person considers junk another can consider it a treasure.  It depends entirely on how you look at things.

¿CÓMO VES LAS COSAS?  (11 de Agosto 2016)

Hay un proverbio en Inglaterra que dice: “La belleza está en el ojo del espectador.”

En español tenemos un refrán que significa lo mismo.  El nuestro dice:  “Todo depende del color del cristal con que se miren las cosas.”  Si no fuera por eso muchas de las pinturas que se venden por millones de dólares no se venderían por esa cantidad.  Algunas de las personas quienes algunos de nosotros consideramos feas no encontrarían pareja.  Sin ese principio el consumismo no sería tan efectivo ni tan importante como lo es. Lo que una persona considera basura es tesoro para otra. Todo depende como uno ve o vea las cosas

EVERY DAY IS IMPORTANT (August 4, 2016)

An Arabian proverb says:  “Every day of your life is a page of your history.”

That is really the way it is.  Therefore, make every single day of your life a historical one.  Leave an imprint on this world, so your descendants and other people will know and appreciate the legacy that you left.

CADA DÍA ES IMPORTANTE (4 de Agosto 2016)

Un refrán árabe dice:  “Cada día de tu vida es una página de tu historia.”

Así es.  Que cada día de tu vida sea histórico.  Deja tu huella en la humanidad para que tus descendientes y otras personas sepan y aprecien el legado que dejaste.

DROP BY DROP (July 28, 2016)

There is an Italian proverb that says:  “Drop by drop you break the rock.”

This saying is based on absolute truth.  Water that is dripping drop by drop can make a hole in a boulder.  By the same token little by little we can accomplish much.  Normally in order to accomplish anything worthwhile it takes lots of perseverance. As the Chinese would say, “The journey of a thousand miles starts with the first step.”

GOTA POR GOTA (28 de Julio 2016)

Hay un refrán italiano que dice:  “Gota por gota se rompe una roca.”

Este dicho es absolutamente verdadero.  Una gotera cayendo sobre una roca gota por gota puede hacer un hueco en un peñasco. Igualmente si uno persevera poco a poco puede lograr mucho.  El autor Quevedo diría:  “Piano piano se va lontano.” Un refrán chino dice:  “La jornada de mil millas comienza con el primer paso.”

BETTER ALONE (July 21, 2016)

There is a proverb in Spanish that says:  “Mejor solo que mal acompañado,” which of course means, “Better alone than in bad company.” Bad company does corrupt.  We have to be very careful who we hang around with.  After all, we are judged and influenced by the company we keep.

MEJOR SOLO (21 de Julio 2016)

Hay un proverbio en español que dice: “Mejor solo que mal acompañado.”  Hay mucha sabiduría en este refrán.  Hay otro refrán que dice:  “Dime con quién andas y te diré quién eres.” Tenemos que tener mucho cuidado a quien dejamos entrar a nuestras vidas.

READ AND LEARN (July 14, 2016)

There’s a Belgian proverb that says:  “Books fertilize the gardens of the mind.”

There is much to be learned by reading good books, and, of course, the best book of all for learning is the Bible. Using the same reasoning, the Bible can fertilize your soul.  Let it teach you how to live, how to do God’s will, and how to receive eternal life with Him.

LEE Y APRENDE (14 de Julio 2016)

Hay un proverbio belga que dice:  “Los libros fertilizan los jardines de la mente.”

Uno puede aprender muchísimo al leer libros, y, claro, el mejor libro para aprender es la biblia. Utilizando el mismo razonamiento del proverbio – la biblia puede fertilizarte el alma. Permítele que te enseñe como vivir, como cumplir con la voluntad de Dios, y como clamar tu vida eterna con Dios.

THE GREEDY ARE NEVER HAPPY (July 7, 2016)
There is a saying in Spanish that says:  “El avariento, ni pobre ni rico está contento,” which means, “The greedy is not happy being poor or being rich.”

Unfortunately there are many people who never seem to be happy.  Instead of looking at the positive sides of things, they always look at the negative ones. If you are one of those, learn to be happy.

EL AVARIENTO NUNCA ESTÁ CONTENTO (7 de Julio 2016)

Hay un dicho que dice:  “El avariento, ni pobre ni rico está contento.”

Desgraciadamente ese dicho es una realidad para mucha gente.  En vez de ver el lado positivo en las cosas,  siempre miran lo negativo.  Si eres una de esas personas, aprende a estar contento.

LEARN FROM YOUR MISTAKES

There is a Spanish proverb that says:  “Errando se aprende,” which means: “Your learn from your mistakes.”

A not too bright person is one who does not learn from his or her mistakes.  The person who keeps on doing the same things and expects different results cannot be too sharp.  It’s OK to make mistakes, but it’s not OK to keep on repeating them.

APRENDE DE TUS ERRORES

Uno de nuestros proverbios dice:  “Errando se aprende.”  Está cien por ciento correcto, porque todo se aprende por experiencia.  Desde niños comenzamos a aprender.  Hacemos muchos errores, pero poco a poco vamos aprendiendo.  Es tonto el que no aprende de sus errores.  El colmo de ser tonto es cuando una persona continúa haciendo lo mismo y espera diferentes resultados.  ¡Ojalá no seas uno de ellos!

GOD HELPS THE EARLY RISER (June 23, 2016)

There is a Spanish proverb that says: “A quien madruga, Dios le ayuda,” which means, “God helps the early riser.” It is very similar to our saying:  “The early bird gets the worm.”

What it really means is that if we do our part, God will help us.  Unfortunately many people expect God or other people to do everything for them.  Life does not work that way.  Let’s hope you’re an early bird or an early riser.

DIOS LE AYUDA AL MADRUGADOR (23 de Junio 2016)

Hay un proverbio en inglés que dice:  “The early bird gets the worm,” que significa en español, “El pájaro madrugador coge el gusano.” En español tenemos un proverbio muy parecido, el que dice:  “A quien madruga, Dios le ayuda.”

Lo que significa, en realidad, es que si nosotros hacemos nuestra parte, Dios nos ayuda.  Desgraciadamente, mucha gente espera que Dios o que otra gente le haga todo.  La vida no funciona así.  ¡Ojalá seas un pájaro madrugador!

PAY NO ATTENTION TO IT (June 16, 2016)

There’s a Spanish proverb that says:  “A palabras locas, orejas sordas,” which basically means, “Deaf ears to crazy words.” In other words, we should not pay attention or argue  with people who speak for the sake of speaking.  There are many know-it-all people who like to argue about anything.  Ignore them!

NO LES PRESTES ATENCIÓN (16 de Junio 2016)

Hay un refrán que dice:  “A palabras locas, orejas sordas.” Hay mucha gente que habla por hablar o que discute por discutir.  Muchos de ellos son a lo que le llamamos “un sabelotodo.” Creen  que saben todo, pero,  en realidad, saben muy poco. Lo mejor que podemos hacer es ignorarlos. Es mejor que haya un loco y no dos.

DON’T ACT HASTILY (June 9, 2016)

An English proverb says:  “Do not be in a hurry to tie what you cannot untie.”

There’s a lot of truth to that.  We should never act without thinking.  There may be severe consequences later. If you act hastily, you may put your foot in your mouth.  Donald Trump is an expert at that.

NO ACTÚES PRECIPITADAMENTE (9 de Junio 2016)

Un proverbio inglés dice:  “No te precipites en atar lo que no puedas desatar.”

Hay mucha verdad en eso.  No debemos actuar sin pensar.  Las consecuencias que resulten pueden ser severas. Si actúas precipitadamente puedes meterte la pata en la boca. El Señor Donald Trump hace eso muy bien.

IT’S LATER THAN YOU THINK (June 2, 2016)

There’s a Chinese proverb that says:  “Enjoy yourself.  It’s later than you think.”

Many people waste their entire lifetimes in mediocre living. They don’t leave a good legacy, let alone do God’s will.  Not only do they fail in this life, but they also fail in the next one going up in hell and later on winding up in the lake of fire.

It’s much later than you think.  Enjoy the now, plan for tomorrow, and if you are not reading the Bible and attending a born-again Christian church, start this week.  God will provide salvation for you and bless you, but only if you do your part.

ES MÁS TARDE DE LO QUE PIENSAS (2 de Junio 2016)

Un proverbio chino dice:  “Disfruta tu vida. Es más tarde de lo que piensas.”

Muchas personas viven vidas mediocres, y dejan un legado negativo.  No hacen la voluntad de Dios, sino las suyas totalmente opuestas a lo que requiere Nuestro Señor.  No solamente fracasan en esta vida, sino también en la otra.  Primeramente ingresan al infierno, y más tarde son trasladadas al lago de fuego para que sufran eternamente.

Es mucho más tarde de lo que piensas.  Disfruta este día, haz planes para mañana, y si no lees la biblia y no asistes a una iglesia cristiana, comienza esta semana.  Dios te proveerá salvación, y te mandará bendiciones, pero tú tienes que contribuir.

WHEN YOU ARE DOWN (May 26, 2016)

There is a Spanish proverb that says, “Del árbol caído, todos hacen leña,” which means, “From a fallen tree, everyone makes kindling.” Of course the real meaning is:  When somebody is down, everyone jumps on him and nobody wants to be his friend.  When somebody is on top of the world, everyone wants to uplift him and be his friend.

When you are down, when you have no money, when you have problems, when nobody wants to associate with you, and when nobody wants to be your friend, that’s when you know who your real friends are.

CUANDO ESTÁS EN EL SUELO (26 de Mayo 2016)

Hay un proverbio en español que dice, “Del árbol caído, todos hacen leña.” El verdadero significado es que cuando uno tiene problemas, todos nos atacan, nadie quiere estar con nosotros, y mucho menos ayudarnos.  Sin embargo, cuando alguien está en la cima, todos quieren ser sus amigos.

Cuando estés caído, cuando no tengas dinero, cuando tengas problemas, cuando nadie quiera asociarse contigo, y cuando nadie quiera ser tu amigo, entonces sabrás quiénes son tus verdaderos amigos.

HELP YOURSELF (May 19, 2016)

There is an Italian proverb that says: “Aiutati che Dio t’aiuta,” which is equivalent to the Spanish proverb that says:  “Ayúdate que yo te ayudaré,” or to the English one: “God helps those who help themselves.” This quote is really not found in the Bible, but it is implied. Unfortunately many people want God to help them, but they don’t do anything to help themselves.

AYÚDATE A TI MISMO (19 de Mayo 2016)

Hay un proverbio italiano que dice:  “Aiutati che Dio t’aiuta,” que equivale al proverbio inglés que dice: “God helps those who help themselves,” que más o menos significa lo mismo que el refrán en español que dice:  “Ayúdate que yo te ayudaré.” Esas palabras exactas, en realidad, no se encuentran en la biblia, pero sí se halla el concepto.  Desafortunadamente sí hay muchas personas que le piden a Dios que les ayude, pero ellas no hacen nada por ayudarse.

SEEK WISDOM (May 12, 2016)

“How much better to get wisdom than gold!  And to get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver.”

Many wealthy people lack wisdom.  You can clearly see it with the movie stars, singers and even with many athletes.  They have money, fame and many admirers, but they lack common sense, wisdom and in many cases salvation.

Some people have what is known as “street smarts,” but what they need is wisdom from God. If you want to reach your highest potential, ask God to give you wisdom how to live your life.  You may not become super wealthy, but you will have peace of mind, you will bless others, others will bless you, and you will live eternally with God. There is nothing more important than salvation.

PERSIGUE SABIDURÍA (12 de Mayo 2016)

“Mejor es adquirir sabiduría que oro preciado; Y adquirir inteligencia vale más que la plata.”

A muchos ricos les falta sabiduría.  Se puede ver fácilmente en los actores, cantantes y en los atletas famosos.  Tienen dinero, fama, y muchos admiradores, pero no tienen sentido común, sabiduría y, en muchos casos, ni la salvación.

Muchos viven por su picardía, pero no tienen sabiduría de Dios.  Si quieres alcanzar tu potencial, pídele a Dios que te dé la sabiduría necesaria para vivir tu vida según las expectativas que él tiene para ti.  Tal vez  jamás seas rico financieramente, pero tendrás paz mental, bendecirás a otros, otros te bendecirán, y vivirás eternamente con Dios.  No hay nada más importante que la salvación.

LOVE IS DECEITFUL (May 5, 2016)

There is an Italian saying that says: “L’amore è cieco,” which means, “Love is blind.” What it really means is that when a person falls in love with another one, he or she does not see the faults, the shortcomings or the flaws that the other one has.  Many times everybody else sees them, except the one in love.

Even when the person in love sees the other’s faults, he or she always thinks that because of how much the other one is loved that he or she will change.  That normally does not happen. That person normally continues drinking, taking drugs, or doing whatever he or she was doing before. The saying, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks,” normally applies.

IT TAKES SOME TIME (April 28, 2016)

There’s a popular Italian saying that says:  “Between saying and doing, many a pair of shoes is worn out.”

In English we say, “It’s easier said than done.”  Sometimes we also say, “Talk is cheap.” One thing is to say we can or are going to do something, and quite another to actually do it.  Many times there is a big time gap between saying and doing.

DON’T TEMPT FATE (April 21, 2016)

There is an Arab proverb that says:  “Do not stand in a place of danger trusting in miracles.”

It’s telling us not to purposely seek dangerous situations, and then expect God to protect us. In Matthew 4:7, Jesus tells the devil: “It is written again, you shall not tempt the Lord your God.” In Deuteronomy 6:16, God tells the Israelites:  “You shall not tempt the Lord your God as you tempted Him in Massah.”

Not tempting God also applies to us.  Some people have and they have lost their lives.  Don’t be one of them.  God says what He means, and He means what He says. 

DON’T JUST TALK, DO (April 14, 2016)

There’s a Jewish proverb that says:  “Do not be wise in words – be wise in deeds.”

In other words, don’t just talk about something as if you were an expert on the subject, but do something to solve the situation.  There are way too many experts before and after the fact, but too few who actually do something to remedy or ameliorate the situation.   

GOD KNOWS OUR LIMITS (April 7, 2016)

There’s a saying in Spain that says:  “God tightens the grip, but He does not choke us.”

This saying probably comes from the word of God – 1 Corinthians 10:13 – “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.”

God does test us, but He does not give us any more than we can handle.  The reason He does that is because we need to go through certain experiences in order to grow.  It goes along with the saying, “No pain, no gain.”    April 8, 2016

WHEN IN DOUBT, ASK (March 31, 2016)

There’s a Chinese proverb that says:  “He who asks is a fool for five minutes, but he who does not ask remains a fool forever.”

When you do not know how to do something or what something means, it is much better to seek advice or to ask for help than to make a serious mistake.  There is always help available if you seek it. If you are too proud to seek advice or to ask for help, you will remain in ignorance and in darkness.

LET’S DO OUR PART (March 24,2016)

There is a proverb from India that says:  “Call on God, but row away from the rocks.”

There are three points that we ought to learn from this saying: 1. In time of need we ought to call on God.  He can help us.  2. We ought to stay away from sin.  3.  We ought to do our part.  We cannot expect God to find us a job while we stay in bed loafing. 

IT IS WHAT IT IS (March 17, 2016)

There is a Romanian proverb that says:  “An ass is but an ass, though laden with gold.”

This refers to persons who become wealthy overnight becoming asses loaded with gold.  They continue being what they always were – uneducated, ignorant, without morals and with bad manners.  Of course this does not apply to all of those who become wealthy overnight.  Fortunately some of them are wise enough to make the most of it.

Some athletes, singers or movie stars come from poor families, and once they start earning millions of dollars they become asses laden with gold. They don’t know how to handle the fame nor the wealth.  They get in trouble with the law, start using drugs, and many times they die young. 

WE CANNOT FORCE PEOPLE (March 10, 2016)

There’s a proverb that says:  “You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink.”

What it means is that we cannot force people to do what they don’t want to do.  Dictators and Communist leaders do force people, but as soon as the people can get out from under that yoke they do.  A good leader is one who people obey gladly because they like or love him or her. 

USE YOUR TALENTS PROPERLY (March 3, 2016)

There is a Welsh proverb that says:  “Without perseverance talent is a barren bed.”

Of course it means that if we do not develop our talents by working, working and working to improve them, they will be of no use to us or to anyone else.  If you have talent in any given area, don’t let it go to waste.  God gave it to you for a purpose. 

KNOW THE CAUSE (February 25, 2016)

There is a proverb from Spain that says:  “The beginning of health is to know the disease.”

That is absolutely true for almost everything.  In order to solve any situation, first we have to identify the real problem.  In trying to settle a dispute between two parties, we have to get to the bottom of the disagreement.  Everything is cause and effect.  There is no way to change the effect without knowing the cause and without taking the necessary steps to change the outcome.  

INTELLIGENCE WITHOUT WISDOM (February 18, 2016)

There is a Welsh proverb that says:  “A spoon does not know the taste of soup, nor a learned fool the taste of wisdom.”

The reason is that many people are very intelligent in a certain field, but they are far removed from being pragmatic.  They have no idea how to use a hammer to nail something, nor do they have any inkling how to do other practical things.  Intelligence is good, but it has to be used with wisdom.  Without wisdom it can be used erroneously and even be dangerous.  

ONLY ONE PATH IS CORRECT (February 11, 2016)

There is a Polish proverb that says, “There are a thousand paths to every wrong.”

This saying goes very well with Matthew 7:13, which says:  “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.”

Just as normally there is only one way to do something correctly, there is only one way to get to heaven – Jesus Christ (John 14:6).

Jokes

HE SWAM FAST (December 8, 2016)

A very wealthy man who had a gigantic swimming pool full of sharks and crocodiles told his guests:  “I will give one million dollars to the person who swims across this 60-foot pool.”  Suddenly they saw an obese man swimming as fast as he could dodging crocodiles and sharks.  He came at the other side with his clothes ripped to shreds.  The wealthy man wrote a check for a million dollars, gave it to the man and told him:  “Please tell me why you were so courageous and how you swam so fast.” The man answered: “Don’t mind that.  I just want to know who pushed me into the pool.”

NADÓ MUY RÁPIDO (8 de Diciembre 2016)

Un hombre riquísimo quien tenía una piscina gigantesca llena de tiburones y cocodrilos les dijo a sus invitados:  “Le doy un millón de dólares a la persona que nade de punta a punta esta piscina de veinte metros.”  De repente vieron que un hombre obeso nadaba rapidísimo esquivando cocodrilos y tiburones. Salió en el otro lado con la ropa hecha pedazos. El hombre rico inmediatamente le dio un cheque por un millón de dólares, y le dijo:  “Por favor, dígame por qué tuvo tanto valor, y cómo nadó tan rápido.” El hombre le contestó:  “Yo solamente quiero saber, ¿quién fue el que me empujó?

GIRLFRIEND AT A FOOTBALL GAME  (December 1, 2016)

A football player took his new girlfriend to her first football game.  After the game the young man asked her:  “How did you like the game?” She told him:  “I enjoyed it, but I couldn’t figure out why they were trying to kill each other for a quarter.”  Dumbfounded he asked her: “What do you mean?”  She replied:  “At the beginning of the game they flipped a quarter.  One team got it and then for the rest of the game they kept on shouting:  ‘Get the quarterback.’ I couldn’t understand why they were fighting for twenty-five cents.”

THE CHRISTIAN PUPPIES

Johnny, a Christian boy, has three newborn puppies in a box with a blanket.  His atheist uncle comes over and asks him:  “Can they see yet?”  Johnny tells him:  “No, they cannot see.”  Three days later the uncle comes to visit again and asks his nephew:  “Can the puppies see now?”  “Yes, they can see,” the boy informs him.  The uncle asks:  “Why couldn’t they see before?” The boy replies:  “Before they were atheists.  Now they are Christians.”

LOS PERRITOS CRISTIANOS

Juanito, un niño cristiano, tenía tres perritos recién nacidos en una caja con una cobija.  Su tío ateo llegó y le preguntó:  “¿Ya pueden ver?”  El niño le contestó:  “No pueden ver.”  Tres días después volvió el tío y le preguntó:  “Ahora sí pueden ver?”  Juanito le respondió:  “Sí, ya pueden ver.”  El tío le preguntó:  “¿Por qué no podían ver antes?”  El sobrino le informó:  “Es que antes eran ateos, pero ahora son cristianos.”

ADDITION

Teacher: “If I give you 2 puppies, 2 more puppies and another 2, how many puppies will you have? “Bobby: “Eight.” Teacher: “Maybe you did not understand the question.  If I give you two puppies,  two more puppies and another two, how many puppies will you have? “Bobby: “Eight.” Teacher: “Let me explain it to you in another way. If I give you two oranges,  two more oranges and another two, how many oranges will you have? “Bobby: “Six, of course.” Teacher: “Good. Now if I were to give you two puppies, two more puppies and another two, how many puppies would you have?” Bobby: “Eight!” Teacher: “Bobby, how on earth do you get eight? “Bobby: “Because I already have two puppies at home!”

LA SUMA

La Profesora:  “Betito, si te doy 2 perritos, dos perritos más y otros dos, ¿cuántos perritos tendrás?” “Ocho,” contesta Betito. Profesora:  “Escucha muy bien. Si te doy dos perritos, dos  perritos más, y otros dos, ¿cuántos perritos tendrás?  “Ocho,” responde Betito.  Profesora:  “Permíteme explicártelo de otra manera.  Si te doy dos naranjas, dos naranjas más y otras dos, ¿cuántas naranjas tendrás?”  “Seis, desde luego,” le dice Betito. Profesora: “Te haré la primera pregunta de nuevo. ¿Si te doy dos perritos, dos perritos más y otros dos, ¿cuántos perritos tendras?” “Ocho,” le contesta el alumno. “¿Betido, cómo puedes sumar así?”  “Es que ya tengo dos perritos en casa,” le contesta el niño.

THE SMART BLONDE

A college professor and a blonde were in an elevator when the door malfunctioned and it would not open. After thirty minutes the professor told the blonde:  “Let’s play a game to pass the time away.”  She agreed.  He said: “I’ll ask you a question and if you cannot answer it, you give me one dollar. You ask me a question and if I cannot answer it, I’ll give you one hundred dollars.”  He asked her:  “What’s the distance between the sun and the moon?”  She did not say a word and gave him one dollar.  Then she asked him:  “What animal has three eyes and cannot see?” He thought for five minutes and then gave her one hundred dollars.  Out of curiosity he asked her: “What animal has three eyes and cannot see?”  She gave him one dollar.  He didn’t want to play anymore.

LA RUBIA INTELIGENTE

Un profesor universitario y una rubia estaban en un ascensor cuando la puerta tuvo una falla electrónica – no se abría. Después de treinta minutos el profesor le dijo a la rubia:  “Juguemos un juego para pasar el tiempo.” Ella consintió. Él le dijo:  “Le hago una pregunta y si no sabe la respuesta me da un dólar.  Usted me hace una pregunta y si no sé la respuesta le doy cien dólares.”  Entonces él le preguntó:  “¿Cuál es la distancia entre el sol y la luna?”  La rubia no dijo nada, y le dio un dólar.  Entonces ella le preguntó:  “¿Qué animal tiene tres ojos y no puede ver?” Él pensó por cinco minutos y luego le dio cien dólares.  De curiosidad el profesor le preguntó:  “¿Qué animal tiene tres ojos y no puede ver?”  Ella le dio un dólar.  El profesor ya no quiso jugar.

JESUS COULD NOT PAY

A man wants to cross the Jordan River, and so he asks the captain of the ferry:  “How much will you charge me to take me across the river?”  “Fifty dollars,” the captain told him.  “That’s way too expensive,” the man told him and then he asked, “Why so much?”  The captain declared, “This is where Jesus walked on water.”  The man told him, “He walked across because He probably couldn’t afford the fifty dollars.”

JESUCRISTO NO PUDO PAGAR

Un hombre quería cruzar el Río Jordán, y le preguntó al capitán de la barca de pasaje:  “¿Cuánto me cobra por cruzarme el río?” “Cincuenta dólares,” le respondió el capitán.  “Eso es demasiado caro,” le dijo el hombre, y luego le preguntó:  “¿Por qué tanto?”  El capitán le declaró:  “ Aquí es donde Jesús anduvo sobre el agua.” El hombre le dijo:  “Tuvo que andar sobre el agua, porque no tenía los cincuenta dólares.”

SHE HONORED HER HUSBAND’S REQUEST

A wealthy old man, who had been married several times, married a thirty-year-old model.  He knew he would probably die before her and since money was the most important thing to him,  he told her:  “When my time comes, please bury me with a million dollars.” He also told his lawyer about his request. When the man did die, he was buried and next to him was a small box with a lock on it.  The lawyer commented and asked the widow:  “I am glad you honored his request.  Did you put gold, silver, diamonds or money in that small box?”  She replied:  “I put a check for a million dollars.  If it’s not cashed within three months, it will become null and void.”

ELLA HONRÓ LA PETICIÓN DE SU ESPOSO

Un hombre riquísimo, quien había sido casado varias veces, se casó con una modelo de treinta años.  Sabiendo que lo más probable era que él se moriría antes que ella, y siendo que el dinero era lo más importante para él, le dijo:  “Cuando se llegue mi tiempo, por favor entiérrame con un millón de dólares.”  Para asegurarse que se cumpliera se lo dijo a su abogado también. Cuando se murió el señor, lo enterraron y junto a su cuerpo estaba una cajita cerrada con candado.  El abogado le comentó y le preguntó a la viuda:  “Me alegro que haya honrado su petición.  ¿Le puso oro, plata, diamantes o dinero en la cajita?”  Ella le contestó:  “Le puse un cheque por un millón de dólares.  Si no lo reclama en tres meses, caducará.”

THE WIDOW FULFILLS HER HUSBAND’S PROMISES

A man died who had made his wife many promises, but had never kept them.  She had him cremated and as she was dumping his ashes on the living room rug, she was talking to him.  She said: “That brand new car in the garage that’s the one you promised me and never bought.  I paid for it with your life’s insurance money.  I also bought this ring that you promised me when we were married.  And that new fur coat in the closet is the one you promised me ten years ago. I bought it yesterday.  By the way, you never bought me the vacuum cleaner you promised me two years ago, but I bought this nice one this morning, and I am going to use on the rug right now.”

LA VIUDA CUMPLE LAS PROMESAS DE SU ESPOSO

Un hombre quien le había hecho muchas promesas a su esposa y jamás las había cumplido se murió.  Ella trajo las cenizas del crematorio, y al desparramarlas sobre la alfombra de la sala le hablaba al difunto.  Le decía:  “Ese carro nuevo que me prometiste y nunca lo compraste está afuera. Lo pagué con el dinero de tu seguro de vida. También compré este anillo que me prometiste cuando nos casamos. El chaquetón de piel que está en el ropero es el que me prometiste vez tras vez, pero nunca me lo diste.  A propósito, esta aspiradora nueva es la que me prometiste hace dos años. La compré esta mañana, y la voy a utilizar para aspirar la alfombra.”

THE DEMONS SAID:  “THANK YOU.”

A famous evangelist, who was famous for healing the sick and casting out demons, came to a small town.  A lady and her son-in-law came to the service.  The evangelist cast out two demons out of the son-in-law.  The man got down on his knees and thanked the evangelist for setting him free.  Next the evangelist cast three demons out of the mother-in-law.  The demons got on their knees and thanked the evangelist for freeing them.

LOS DEMONIOS DIJERON:  “GRACIAS.”

Un evangelista, quien era famoso por sanar a los enfermos y expulsar demonios de las personas, vino a un pueblo pequeño.  Una señora y su yerno fueron al servicio.  El evangelista expulsó dos demonios del yerno.  El hombre se arrodilló, le daba y le daba gracias al evangelista por haberle hecho el milagro.  Luego el evangelista echó fuera tres demonios de la suegra. Los demonios se arrodillaron y no terminaban de darle gracias al evangelista por

GIVE ME BACK MY MONEY

Barack Obama was on Pennsylvania Avenue admiring the rainbow of lights he had shining on the White House when a black homosexual who had lost all his money to the Obamacare put a gun on his back and told him:  “This is a holdup.  Give me all your money.”  Obama responded: “You can’t do that.  I am a Democrat and your President.” The robber told him:  “In that case, give me back my money.”

DEME SU DINERO

Barack Obama estaba en la calle frente a la Casa Blanca admirando el arco iris de luces que brillaban en las paredes.  Un negro homosexual quien le había pagado todo su dinero al programa de salud “Obamacare,” le puso la pistola en la espalda y le dijo:  “Es un atraco. Deme todo su dinero.”  Obama respondió:  “Señor, no puede hacer eso.  Soy demócrata y soy su Presidente.” El ladrón le dijo:  “En ese caso, devuélvame mi dinero.”

I TOOK THE WRONG BUS

A drunk gets on a bus cursing God.  He sits next to a Mormon because that’s the only sit available.  Quickly the Mormon tells him:  “You are going straight to hell.” The drunk says:  “Let me get off.  I must have gotten on the wrong bus.”

ME EQUIVOQUÉ DE AUTOBÚS

Un borracho se sube a un autobús renegando contra Dios.  Se sienta junto a un mormón porque es el único asiento disponible.  El mormón le dice:  “Usted va derechito al infierno.” El borracho le grita al chofer: “Pare.  Me subí al autobús equivocado.”

GO AND SEE

At a funeral a pastor was praying over the deceased. He was saying:  “God, John was a wonderful Christian.  He was a good father, an excellent husband and a good community leader.  Open the gates of heaven for him.”  The widow told her son:  “That can’t be your father.  Go look in the casket and see who’s there.”

VE A MIRAR

En un funeral un pastor oraba por el muerto.  Decía: “Padre Dios, Juan fue un gran cristiano. Fue buen padre y excelente esposo.  Era un líder de nuestra comunidad. Por favor, ábrele los portales del cielo.” La viuda le dijo a su hijo: “Ese no puede ser tu padre.  Ve a ver quien está en ese ataúd.”

THREE ON A MOTORCYCLE

Two nuns on a motorcycle have just crossed a very dangerous curve, where they had to dodge many dangers and obstacles due to a mudslide. When they made it safely across, a policeman stops them and asks them:  “How did you manage to cross?”  The nuns respond:  “Jesus is with us!” The policeman, who is an unbeliever, informs them:  “The fine is three hundred dollars for having three people on a motorcycle.”

TRES EN UNA MOTOCICLETA

Dos monjas van en una motocicleta y acaban de pasar una curva muy peligrosa donde tuvieron que esquivar muchos peligros y obstáculos a causa de un derrumbe.  Al terminar de cruzar lo peligroso las detiene un policía y les pregunta: “¿Cómo lograron cruzar?” Las monjas le contestan:  “¡Jesús está con nosotras!” El policía, quien es un incrédulo, les informa:  “La multa es de trescientos dólares por tener tres personas en la moto.”

YOU GOT AN F

A seven-year-old boy was very inquisitive and was always asking his mother personal questions. She would never answer them.  One day the little boy saw his mother’s driver’s license and when they were at the dinner table, the son told his mother:  “I know how old you are.” The mother asked him, “How old am I?”  The little boy said: “Twenty-nine.”  “And I know how tall you are,” her son told her.  “How tall am I,” the mother asked him.  “Five feet, five inches,” he replied.  The mother was somewhat perplexed, but then the boy told her: “I know why you and daddy got a divorce?”  She did not know what to do, but out of curiosity she asked him, “Why did we get a divorce?”  The little boy sad:  “Because you got an F in Sex.”

NO IMPORTA QUIEN TE LA HAYA DEJADO

Un joven quien estaba por casarse comenzó a tener dudas de su futura esposa.  Le preguntó a su prometida: “¿Te vas a casar conmigo porque mis padres murieron y me dejaron una fortuna?” La prometida le contestó:  “Me casaría contigo sin importar quién te hubiera dejado la fortuna.”

DO YOU KNOW WHERE YOU WOULD GO?

A few years ago an atheist barber went to a Billy Graham crusade. He received Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior and became spirit filled.  He promised God that he would bring many people to salvation.  The next day while the barber was in the backroom praying the first customer came in. The barber came out with the Bible in one hand and a big razor blade in the other.  He asked the client:  “Do you know where you would go if you were to die now?” As he took off running as fast as he could, the man shouted: “I know I’m getting out of here as fast as I can.”

¿SABE USTED ADÓNDE IRÍA?

Hace poco tiempo un barbero ateo asistió a un culto del evangelista Cash Luna. Recibió a Jesucristo como su Señor y Salvador, y se llenó del Espíritu Santo. Le prometió a Dios traerle tantas almas como fuera posible. El día siguiente mientras el barbero estaba orando en un cuarto trasero, entró el primer cliente. El barbero salió con la biblia en una mano y una navaja grande de afeitar en la otra.  Le preguntó al cliente: “¿Sabe adónde iría si muriera en este momento?” Al salir corriendo de la barbería, el hombre le gritó: “Sé que me alejaré de aquí lo más pronto que pueda.”

AT THE SHOE STORE (August 25, 2016)

A well-dressed lady walks into a very expensive shoe store in New York City  and asks the clerk:  “Do you have any crocodile shoes?” The clerk answer:  “Yes,  Madame. We have all kinds of shoes in stock.”  She tells him:  “Would you be so kind as to show me some.”  He tells her:  “First you need to tell me what size shoe your crocodile wears.”

EN LA ZAPATERÍA (25 de Agosto 2016)

Una señora vestida elegantemente entra a una zapatería exclusiva de Nueva York, y le pregunta al dependiente:  “¿Tienen zapatos de cocodrilo?” el dependiente le contesta:  “Claro que sí, señora. Surtimos de todas clases.”  Ella le dice:  “Enséñeme algunos, por favor.”  Él le dice:  “Primeramente dígame qué talla de zapato calza su cocodrilo?”

I LOVE YOU – August 18, 2016

A wife and her husband had a romantic dinner at home and continued celebrating enjoying some very expensive wine. After the fourth glass of wine, out of the blue the wife said:  “I love you, I love you, I love you!”  The husband all excited asked her:  “Sweetie, are you talking to me?” “I am talking to the wine,” she replied. 

ME ENCANTAS – 18 de Agosto 2016

Un señor de unos cuarenta años y su esposa al terminar de disfrutar una cena romántica en casa continuaron celebrando tomando un vino muy exquisito. De repente sin ninguna razón la señora dijo:  “¡Me encantas, me encantas, me encantas!” El esposo todo emocionado le preguntó:  “¿Amor, te refieres a mí?” Ella le contestó:  “Le estaba hablando al vino.”

HE MINDED HIS OWN BUSINESS (August 11, 2016)

A young body builder was sitting on a park bench eating a hamburger and he had three more next to him.  A sixty-year-old man stopped and told him:  “Hamburgers are really bad for your health.”  The young man told him:  “You’re only in your sixties, but my grandfather lived to be 110 years old.” The old man asked him:  “Did he eat a lot of hamburgers?”  The young man told him:  “He never ate them, but he minded his own business.”

NO SE METÍA EN LO QUE NO LE IMPORTABA (11 de Agosto 2016)

Un joven culturista estaba sentado en una banca en el parque comiendo una hamburguesa y tenía tres más a su lado.  Un anciano de unos sesenta años se detuvo y le dijo: “Las hamburguesas son malísimas para su salud.” El joven le contestó:  “Usted anda en los sesentas, pero mi abuelo murió de 110 años.”  El anciano le preguntó: “¿Comía muchas hamburguesas?”

El joven culturista le dijo: “Nunca las comía, pero no se metía en lo que no le importaba.”

THE ANTIQUE COLLECTOR

An antique collector is walking through a rundown neighborhood and he sees an old dog eating his food from an old antique dog dish that is worth a lot of money.  He knocks on the door of the house and tells the owner:  “I live out on the country.  I need a dog like yours to protect me. I’ll give you three hundred dollars for your dog.” The man gladly sells him the dog.  Then the collector says:  “By the way since the dog is used to eating from that old dish, can you throw that in for free?”  The owner tells him:  “The dish is not for sale.  I just use it to sell old dogs.”

EL COLECCIONISTA DE ANTIGÜEDADES

Un coleccionista de antigüedades se paseaba por una aldea muy pobre de México. De repente vio un perro viejo comiendo de cacerola antigua y muy valiosa.  Tocó a la puerta y le dijo al dueño:  “Tengo una hacienda y necesito un perro como el suyo para que me proteja.  Le doy trescientos dólares por el perro.”  El señor se lo vendió inmediatamente.  Luego el coleccionista le dijo:  “Yo sé que el perro está acostumbrado a comer de esa cacerola.  ¿Me la puede regalar siendo que le compré el perro?”  El dueño le contestó:  “La cacerola no está de venta.  Solamente la uso para vender perros viejos.”

I WILL GUESS YOUR NAMES (July 28, 2016)

An Italian, a German and a Mexican-American had been friends for years.  One night they went out drinking and all three of them get killed in an automobile accident.  They get to hell and the devil meets them at the gate.  He tells them:  “We are very overcrowded, so if you tell me the first letter of your name, and if I don’t guess your name, you get to go to heaven, but if I guess your name, you stay here.” The Italian told him: “My first letter is an F.” The devil said: “your name is Francesco.”  The Italian agreed, so he stayed there.  The German said:  “My first letter is a W.”  The devil said:  “Your name is Wolf.”  The German had to agree, so he stayed there.  The Mexican-American told the devil:  “My name starts with an A.”  “Your name is Antonio,” the devil told him.  “No,” said the man, “my name is Anthony.” So he went to heaven.

ADIVINARÉ SUS NOMBRES (28 de Julio 2016)

Un italiano, un alemán y un méxico-americano habían sido amigos por años. Una noche salieron a tomar, y desgraciadamente murieron en un accidente automovilístico.  Llegaron al infierno, y el diablo los recibió en la puerta, y les dijo:  “Casi no tenemos espacio.  Si me dicen la primera letra de su nombre, y si yo no adivino su nombre, se pueden ir al cielo.”  El italiano le dijo:  “Mi primera letra es una F.”  El diablo le dijo:  “Te llamas Francesco.” El italiano consintió y se quedó.  El alemán dijo mi letra es la W.”  El diablo le dijo:  “Te llamas Wolf.”  El señor consintió y también se quedó.  El méxico-americano le dijo:  “Mi primera letra es una M.”  “Te llamas Miguel,” le dijo el diablo.  “No,” contestó el hombre, “ me llamo Mike.”  Tomó el ascensor y se fue al cielo.

THE PROTESTANT

For some strange reason a born-again Christian man lived for years in a completely Catholic neighborhood.  Every year during Lent all the Catholics would only eat fish, but he would barbecue some steaks in his backyard.  The wind would carry the odor and all his neighbors would smell it.  They hated it.  After about twenty years, they convinced him to be baptized as a Catholic.  As a few drops of holy water were sprinkled on his head, the priest said:  “Before you were Protestant, now you are Catholic.” The following year during lent, the neighbors smelled the steaks again.  The neighbors went over and asked him: “Why are you eating beef? You should be eating fish.”  The man responded:  “I sprinkled holy water over it.  Before it was beef, now it’s fish.”

EL PROTESTANTE

Por alguna extraña razón un protestante cristiano vivía en una vecindad donde todos los demás eran católicos.  Cada año durante la cuaresma todos solamente comían pescado, pero el señor cocinaba su carne de res en el patio trasero.  El olor les llegaba a todos los vecinos, porque el viento se los llevaba.  Eso les disgustaba mucho.  Por fin, después de veinte años, lo convencieron que se bautizara en la religión católica.  Al bautizarlo el cura le roció unas gotitas de agua bendita en la cabeza y dijo: “Antes eras protestante, ahora eres católico.”  El año siguiente durante la cuaresma, los vecinos volvieron a oler carne asada.  Los vecinos fueron y le preguntaron:  “¿Por qué estás comiendo carne de res? Debes comer pescado.”  El señor les contestó: “Le rocié agua bendita y le dije, ‘Antes eras res, ahora eres pescado.’ “

THE TWENTY-DOLLAR BILL AND THE OLD QUARTER (July 7, 2016)

A worn out twenty-dollar bill and an old quarter arrived together at the Federal Reserve Bank to be put out of circulation.  As they traveled together to be destroyed, the twenty-dollar bill told the quarter:  “I had a wonderful life.  I have been in the best restaurants, the most luxurious homes, the best resorts, synagogues and with the wealthiest people.”  “Where have you been?” the bill asked the quarter.  The old quarter responded:  “I’ve been to the Catholic church, the Lutheran Church, the Anglican Church and to many hot dog stands.”

EL BILLETE DE MIL PESOS Y LA MONEDA DE CINCUENTA CENTAVOS

Para ser retirados del servicio público, un billete de mil pesos viejo y desteñido y una moneda de cincuenta centavos a la cual ya no se le podían leer ni las letras ni los números llegaron a la casa donde fabrican billetes y acuñan monedas.  Al estar juntos, el billete de mil pesos le dijo a la moneda:  “Yo tuve una vida estupenda y maravillosa.  Estuve en los mejores restaurantes,  los hogares más lujosos, las áreas de recreación más hermosas, en las sinagogas más ricas, y con la gente más pudiente del planeta.” Luego preguntó: “¿Dónde has estado tú?” La moneda le contestó: “Yo he estado en la iglesia católica, la iglesia luterana, la iglesia adventista, y en los puestos en las calles.”

LIFETIME FRIENDS (July 7, 2016)

Two elderly men had been friends since childhood. Now in their eighties they got together once a week in a coffee shop to share a cup of coffee and a couple of doughnuts.  One day, one of them told the other one, “I know we’ve been friends for years, but I can’t remember your name or mine.  Can you tell me our names?” The other one answered him: “I know I’ve seen you before and I’ve seen myself in the mirror, but I don’t know our names.  Maybe the waitress can tell us.”

AMIGOS DE POR VIDA (7 de Julio 2016)

Dos ancianos habían sido amigos todas sus vidas.  Ya estaban en los ochentas, y se reunían una vez por semana en una cafetería para tomar una taza de café y comerse algunas golosinas. Un día unos de ellos le dijo al otro:  “Yo sé que hemos sido amigos por muchos años, pero no recuerdo tu nombre, y ni sé el mío.  ¿Puedes decirme nuestros nombres?” El otro le contestó:  “Sé que te he visto antes, y que he visto mi cara en el espejo, pero no sé cómo nos llamamos. ¿Crees que la mesera sepa?”

WE LOST FAITH (June 30, 2016)

One Sunday morning a drunk came into church and sat on the back.  The pastor was giving a sermon on faith, so he said: “We have a big problem in this community because all of us have lost faith and hope.” The drunk stood up and said: “Don’t worry!  If you give me a drink, I’ll go  find both of those girls –  Faith and Hope.”

PERDIMOS LA ESPERANZA (30 de Junio 2016)

Un domingo de mañanita entró un borracho a la iglesia y se sentó atrás.  El pastor estaba dando un sermón sobre la fe y la esperanza.  De repente el pastor dijo:  “Tenemos grandes problemas en esta comunidad, porque todos hemos perdido la esperanza.”  El borracho se levantó y dijo:  “Si me dan un trago yo voy y les encuentro a esa muchacha Esperanza.”

HER SIDE OF THE FAMILY

A child asked his Christian grandmother:  “Grandma, how did people began?”  “God made Adam and Eve and they had children. Then their children had children and those children had more children.  In a few years the world was full of people,” she told him.  Then he went over and asked his atheist grandfather the same question.  The grandfather told him:  “First we were in the ocean, but we kept changing.  We came out of the ocean and became small animals. Then we became monkeys and later became people.”  The boy went to his grandma and told her:  “Grandma, you lied to me.  We came from monkeys. My grandpa told me.”  The grandmother told him:  “Your grandpa’s side of the family came from monkeys.  My side came from God and people.”

SU LADO DE LA FAMILIA

Un niño le preguntó a su abuela cristiana:  “Abuelita, cómo comenzó la gente?”  Ella le dijo, “Dios creó a Adán y a Eva.  Ellos tuvieron hijos, sus hijos tuvieron hijos, y así continuó hasta que el mundo se llenó de gente.” Luego el niño buscó a su abuelo y le preguntó la misma pregunta. El abuelo, quien era ateo, le dijo:  “Primeramente estábamos en el océano, pero comenzamos a cambiar.  Nos salimos y nos convertimos en pequeños animales.  Luego fuimos monos y por fin nos convertimos en gente.” El niño poco enfadado corrió hacia su abuela y le dijo:  “Abuelita, tú me mentiste. Nosotros venimos de los monos.  Mi abuelito me dijo.” La abuela le dijo:  “Los parientes de tu abuelo vinieron de los monos, los míos vinieron de Dios y de gente.”

LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT

The husband asks his wife:  “Do you believe in love at first sight?” “Of course I do,” she answers him.  “How do you know you believe in it?” he asks her.  “If I had given you a second look, I wouldn’t have married you,” she tells him.      June 23, 2016

AMOR A PRIMERA VISTA

El esposo le pregunta a su esposa:  “¿Crees en amor a primera vista?”  “Claro que sí,” le contesta ella. “¿Cómo estás tan segura que lo crees?” le pregunta él. “Si te hubiera visto la segunda vez no me hubiera casado contigo,” le contesta ella.      23 de Junio 2016

THE DAM FISH (June 9, 2016)

A young boy was selling fish on the street.  He was yelling, “Three dam fish for twenty dollars.” A pastor, upon hearing it got upset,  stopped and told him, “You cannot say that. Fish cannot be damned.” The boy said, “Yes, I can. I caught them by the dam.” The pastor understood,  paid him twenty dollars for three of them and even gave him a five-dollar tip.”  The pastor got home and told his wife, “Honey, cook these dam fish.” The wife said: “Honey, you’re a pastor.  You can’t talk that way.” The pastor explained to her about the dam, so she cooked them.  At dinner time the wife told their dinner guests, an atheist couple who they were trying to convert: “Let’s enjoy the dam fish.” The man said:  “They are not damned to us because we don’t believe in your damnator.”

LOS PESCADOS CONDENADOS (9 de Junio 2016)

Un chico estaba vendiendo pescados en la calle.  Gritaba, “Tres pescados condenados por veinte dólares.” Un pastor quien iba pasando, oyó, se fastidió y le dijo al chico: “No puedes decir eso.  Los pescados no pueden ser condenados.” El chico le contestó:  “Sí, puedo.  Los condenados me dieron mucha lata para pescarlos.”  El pastor comprendió, le pagó veinte dólares por tres, y hasta le dio una propina de cinco dólares.  El pastor llego a su casa y le dijo a su esposa:  “Cocina estos tres condenados pescados, por favor.”  La señora le dijo:  “Eres pastor, pero no puedes condenar peces ni pescados.” El pastor le explicó por qué les llamaba “condenados,” y ella los cocinó.  Al comenzar la cena, la señora les dijo a sus invitados – una pareja de ateos a quienes querían convertir – “Disfrutemos los condenados pescados.” El invitado le dijo: “Para nosotros no son condenados, porque no creemos en su condenador.”

THE CAR IS LOCKED (June 2, 2016)

Two blondes came out of the shopping center and find out that the doors of their car are locked and the keys are inside.  One of them has tried to open the door for twenty minutes, but hasn’t had any luck.  Finally the other one tells her, “Let’s hope you open it in the next five minutes because it’s going to rain, and the top of the convertible is down.”

LAS LLAVES ESTÁN ADENTRO (2 de Junio 2016)

Dos gallegas salen de un centro de compras y se dan cuento que cerraron las puertas del coche con llave y que se les quedaron las llaves adentro.  Por veinte minutos una de ellas trata de abrir la puerta, pero no se abre.  Por fin, la otra le dice:  “Ojalá que la abras en los próximos cinco minutos porque va a llover y dejamos la tapa del coche abajo.”

KISSING IN THE PARK (May 26, 2016)

A man and his wife, who have been married for forty  years, decide to go and feed the ducks at a nearby park. When they get there, they seat down on a bench.  Nearby on another bench are two young lovers kissing and kissing. The wife asks her husband: “Why aren’t you doing the same?” He tells her:  “Why should I kiss her?  I don’t even know her.”

BESÁNDOSE EN EL PARQUE (26 de Mayo 2016)

Un señor y su esposa, quienes habían estado casados por más de cuarenta años, decidieron ir al parque para darles de comer a los patos.  Cuando llegaron se sentaron en una banca.  En otra banca estaban un jovencito y una jovencita quienes se besaban y se besaban.  La esposa le dijo al señor:  “¿ Por qué no haces lo mismo?” El esposo le contestó:  “Ni siquiera la conozco.”

TAKING THE PENGUINS FOR A RIDE

“A man is driving down the road with a bunch of penguins in the back seat of his car. The police stop him and tell the man that he cannot drive down the road with that many penguins in his car, it’s illegal. They inform him that he needs to take the penguins to the zoo right away. He is pulled over again the following day by the same police officer when the officer notices all the penguins still in the man’s car. He says to the man, “I thought I told you to take those penguins to the zoo!” to which the man replies, “I did. Today I’m taking them to the movies.”

LLEVAR A LOS PINGÜINOS DE PASEO

“Un hombre va en su coche y lleva muchos pingüinos en el asiento trasero. Un patrullero lo detiene y le dice que es contra la ley llevar tantos pingüinos en el coche. Le dice que los lleve al parque zoológico. El día siguiente el mismo policía lo ve con los pingüinos y lo detiene nuevamente, y le dice:  “Le dije ayer que llevara esos pingüinos al parque zoológico.”  El hombre le contestó:  “Sí, lo hice y se divirtieron. Hoy los llevo al cine a mirar una película de Walt Disney.”

THE UGLY MIRROR

Three centuries ago when our country was young, a native American man, who had low self-esteem, found a mirror.  He looked at it and said:  “That man is so ugly that every time I see him from now on, I will feel better about myself.” He took the mirror home and put it in his hunting bag where his wife found it.  The wife, who had good self-esteem, looked at it and said: “That lady is so ugly that every time I look at it, it’s going to make me feel bad about myself because my husband is cheating on me with such an ugly woman.”   She threw the mirror in the fire.

EL ESPEJO FEO

Hace cuatro siglos un indígena nativo de México, quien tenía bajo autoestima, se encontró un espejo. Lo miró y dijo:  “Ese hombre es tan feo que cada vez que lo mire me voy a sentir mejor de mí mismo.” Se lo llevó a su casa y lo puso en el saco de sus flechas. Su esposa, quien tenía buen autoestima lo encontró, lo vio y dijo:  “Esa señora es tan fea que cada vez que la vea me hará sentir mal simplemente al pensar que mi esposo me está engañando con una mujer tan fea.”  Echó el espejo al fuego y allí terminó todo.

HE IS THE FIRST ONE TO GET HERE

The pastor of the biggest church and a lawyer died at the same instant, so consequently they arrived at the pearly gates together.  Saint Peter met them there. He took both of them to their permanent lodging.  First, he took the lawyer to his new residence.  It was a two-story mansion with a gigantic swimming pool, a spacious Jacuzzi, a sauna for several people, a beautiful garden with beautiful bright-colored flowers that both men had never ever seen before and with a beautiful view of the snow-covered mountains. Then he took the pastor to a one-room shack with holes on the walls and weeds all around it.  The pastor asked Saint Peter:  “Why did you give the lawyer such a luxurious place and gave me this dilapidated shack?”  Saint Peter told him: “We have thousands of Christian pastors here, but this is the first lawyer that has come through those gates.”  May 5, 2016

BY HIS LAST NAME (April 28, 2016)

A lady from Oklahoma went to get a passport.  The official behind the desk asked her:  Madam, how many children do you have? “Ten from different fathers,” she told him. “What are their names,” he asked.  “John, John, John, John, John, John, John, John, John and John,” she answered. The man asked her, “If all of them are named John, how do you call them to dinner?” “I just yell, ‘John’, and all of them come,” she told him.  The official inquired, “What about when you want them to go to bed?”  “I just say, ‘John’, go to bed,’ and all of them go to bed,” she informed him. The man asked, “But what do you do when you only want to see one of them?” “That’s simple. I call him by his last name,” she answered.

 

DO YOU HAVE ANY DUCT TAPE? (April 21, 2016)

A duck walks into McDonald’s and tells the attendant:  “Do you have a duck meal?” The attendant tells him:  “we don’t have any duck meals.” The duck asks the same question again. The attendant tells him: “If you ask me one more time I am going to seal your beak with duct tape.”  The duck asks him:  “Do you have any duct tape?”  The employee tell him: “No.” Then the duck tells him:  “In that case,  serve me a hamburger for ducks.”

YOU SENT A PROFESSIONAL

An eighty-three-year-old widow locked herself out of the house. She tried opening the door and the windows, but nothing would work.  She prayed to God to help her.  A man was walking by, saw her and found a way to open the door.  The lady prayed:  “God, thank You for sending an angel to help me.” The man said:  “Lady, I am not an angel.  I’ve just spent five years in prison for breaking into houses.” The widow prayed:  “God, thank You for sending a professional to open my door.”

COFFEE BREAK IS OVER (April 8, 2016)

A man gets to hell and the devil tells him: “You must choose one of the three rooms that I am going to show you where you will spend eternity.”  The first room was filled with people with fire up to their waist.  In the second room the fire was up to their neck, but in the third room the flames only went up to their knees.  The man said:  “I prefer the third room.” At that time the devil said:  “Coffee break is over in the third room.  All of you stand on your head again.”

WATCH OUT FOR THE WALL!

A funeral service is being held in a church for a woman who has just passed away. At the end of the service, the pallbearers carrying the casket accidentally bump into a wall jarring the casket. They hear a faint moan. They open the casket and find that the women is actually alive. She lives for 10 more years and then dies. A ceremony is again held at the same church and at the end the pallbearers are again carrying the casket out. As they are walking, the husband calls out, “Watch out for the wall!”           March 31, 2016

I’VE NEVER BEEN THERE

A homeless man who had accepted Jesus Christ at his campsite by the river went to church for the first time.  It was a church in the wealthy section of the city.  Several people complained to the pastor, so the latter asked the man to pray to God and ask Him how he should dress to come to church.  The next Sunday the man came dressed exactly the same.  The pastor asked him:  “Did you ask God how you should dress to come to this church?”  The man responded:  “I did, but He told me He did not know because He has never been here.”               March 27, 2016

THE CHICKEN OR THE EGG

One day a farmer went to feed the chickens and he saw that one of them was reading two books; the Bible and Darwin’s “Theory of Evolution.”  He asked her: “Why are you reading those two books?”  The chicken answered:  “I want to know if I came first, or if the egg came first.”      March 17, 2016

THE FROG(March 10, 2016)

A frog telephones the Psychic Hotline and his Personal Psychic Advisor tells him: “You are going to meet a very beautiful young girl who will want to know everything about you.” The frog is thrilled, “This is great! Will I meet her at a party? Will she kiss me and I will become a charming prince?”  “No,” says his Advisor, “You will meet her in her biology class.”

SO SHE WOULD LOVE YOU (March 3, 2016)

Upon waking up from a deep slumber and seeing Eve so beautiful, Adam asked:  “God, why did you make Eve so beautiful?”  “As a gift for you, my son,” God answered.  “Why did you give her such beautiful blue eyes, and such beautiful blonde hair?” he asked God.  “As a gift for you, my son,” God repeated.  “And why did you give her such a seductive body,” Adam asked.  “So you would enjoy it, my son,” God told him.  “But why did you make her so dumb?” Adam asked.  “So she would love you, my son,” God declared to him. 

SO SHE WOULD LOVE YOU (February 25, 2016)

Upon waking up from a deep slumber and seeing Eve so beautiful, Adam asked:  “God, why did you make Eve so beautiful?”  “As a gift for you, my son,” God answered.  “Why did you give her such beautiful blue eyes, and such beautiful blonde hair?” he asked God.  “As a gift for you, my son,” God repeated.  “And why did you give her such a seductive body,” Adam asked.  “So you would enjoy it, my son,” God told him.  “But why did you make her so dumb?” Adam asked.  “So she would love you, my son,” God declared to him. 

TWO DIFFERENT POINTS OF VIEW (February 18, 2016)

A university professor wrote on the board:  “a woman without her man is nothing.” He asked his students to punctuate the sentence.  The male students punctuated it like this:  “A woman, without her man, is nothing.”  But the female students wrote it like this:  “A woman – without her, man is nothing.”

THE CAT WAS  CATHOLIC

A wealthy lady came in to the Catholic church and asked the priest to come to her home and say the last rights for her cat.  The priest told her, “Lady, don’t bother me with that nonsense.” The lady told him, “That’s too bad!  I was going to donate $10,000 to the church.”  The priest reacted and said, “I didn’t know the cat was Catholic. I am coming right over.”

WAKE THEM UP

A pastor saw three people asleep and snoring in the front row, so he called an usher and told him to wake them up.  The usher told him, “Since you were the one who put them to sleep you should be the one to wake them up.”

Weekly Message 3

THE LIVING WORD

Although most of us know the power words can have, many times we speak them without really thinking what effect they will have on others.  As a result we hurt other people’s feelings without realizing it.  Before speaking we should know exactly what we want to say,  how we want to say it, what the circumstances are,  in what state of mind the other person is, and how he/she is going to react.  If we were to do that many misunderstandings would be avoided. Never forget that words have the power to edify or to destroy

The written word and the spoken one are the best vehicle of communication that we human beings have to communicate with each other. We should also use it to communicate with our Creator Jesus Christ.  If we don’t do it, we are missing a big opportunity.  God wants us to have an intimate relationship with Him.

Whether we have thought about it or not, God was the one who invented the word because He is the word.  Through the word He created everything that has existed, that exists now and that will ever exist.  The Bible is the written word and Jesus is the living one.  He wants to communicate with us through His written word and through the spiritual one.

John 1:1-3

“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 as it is used here refers to Jesus Christ.  He is the Creator and the Living God in person.  He came to the world as a human being to give us salvation, and so that we would know Him.  When Jesus wants to create something all he has to do is speak the word.

Genesis 1:1-11

“In the beginning God (Jesus) created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. So the evening and the morning were the first day. Then God said, “Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.” Thus God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament; and it was so. And God called the firmament Heaven. So the evening and the morning were the second day. Then God said, “Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear”; and it was so. And God called the dry land Earth, and the gathering together of the waters He called Seas. And God saw that it was good. Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth”; and it was so.”

This scripture should allow you to understand that all God has to do is command something to happen through His word and it comes to pass.  Since Jesus is the Living Word of God whatever He says happens.

Matthew 8:28-32

“When He (Jesus) had come to the other side, to the country of the Gergesenes, there met Him two demon-possessed men, coming out of the tombs, exceedingly fierce, so that no one could pass that way. And suddenly they cried out, saying, “What have we to do with You, Jesus, You Son of God? Have You come here to torment us before the time?” Now a good way off from them there was a herd of many swine feeding. So the demons begged Him, saying, “If You cast us out, permit us to go away into the herd of swine.” And He said to them, “Go.” So when they had come out, they went into the herd of swine. And suddenly the whole herd of swine ran violently down the steep place into the sea, and perished in the water.”

The demons, the devil, the wind, the waters and everything else  obey Jesus when He tells them to do something.  It is not a suggestion, but an order that has to be obeyed.

Colossians 1:16-18

“For by Him (Jesus) 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.”

Jesus holds everything in place by His word.  His word is supreme above everything else.

John 14:12-14

“Most assuredly, I (Jesus) say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. And whatever you ask in My name, that I w

ill do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.”

Since Jesus is the Living Word whatever we ask God in the name of Jesus God will do for us. We know, of course, that whatever we ask has to be in God’s will.  We cannot ask for something absurd or contrary to God’s will. That’s why James, Jesus’ half brother, says in James 4:3 – “You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures.”

Now that you know the power of words, the power of prayer and that you ought to pray in the name of Jesus, pray something like this:  “Father God, in the name of Your Son Jesus, please heal me from this infirmity (mention the illness whatever it may be).”  It does not have to be an illness.  It can be any other problem that is too big for you to handle.

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LA PALABRA VIVIENTE

Aunque la mayoría de nosotros sabemos el poder que pueden tener las palabras, a veces las hablamos sin pensar que efecto tendrán en los otros.  Como resultado los lastimamos sin darnos cuenta que lo hemos hecho.  Antes de hablar debemos saber exactamente lo que queremos decir, cómo debemos decirlo, cuáles son las circunstancias, en qué estado mental está la otra persona,  y cómo va a recibirlo.  Si hiciéramos eso, evitaríamos muchos de nuestros problemas.  Que nunca se te olvide el poder que tienen las palabras.

La palabra hablada y la palabra escrita es el vehículo de comunicación que tenemos nosotros los humanos. Deberíamos utilizarlo también para comunicarnos con Dios.  Si no lo hacemos estamos perdiendo una grandísima oportunidad.  Dios desea que tengamos comunicación constantemente con él. Él no nos pide que tengamos ritos ni religión, sino una relación íntima con él.  Esa relación solamente se puede establecer por medio de la comunicación.

Lo hayamos pensado o no, Dios fue el que inventó la comunicación por medio de la palabra, porque él es la palabra.  Por medio de la palabra creó todo lo que ha existido, todo lo que existe, y todo lo que existirá.  La biblia es la palabra escrita y Jesucristo es la palabra viviente. Dios desea comunicarse con nosotros por medio de su palabra escrita, pero también por medio del Espíritu Santo.

Juan 1:1-3

“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. “

El Verbo como se usa en esta escritura se refiere a Jesucristo.  Él es el Creador y la Palabra Viviente.  Vino al mundo como humano para traernos la salvación, y para que lo conociéramos. Cuando Jesucristo quiere crear algo todo lo que tiene que hacer es hablar la palabra.  Su palabra tiene poder creative.

Génesis 1:1-11

“En el principio creó Dios los cielos y la tierra.  Y la tierra estaba desordenada y vacía, y las tinieblas estaban sobre la faz del abismo, y el Espíritu de Dios se movía sobre la faz de las aguas.  Y dijo Dios: Sea la luz; y fue la luz. Y vio Dios que la luz era buena; y separó Dios la luz de las tinieblas. Y llamó Dios a la luz Día, y a las tinieblas llamó Noche. Y fue la tarde y la mañana un día. Luego dijo Dios: Haya expansión en medio de las aguas, y separe las aguas de las aguas.  E hizo Dios la expansión, y separó las aguas que estaban debajo de la expansión, de las aguas que estaban sobre la expansión. Y fue así. Y llamó Dios a la expansión Cielos. Y fue la tarde y la mañana el día segundo.  Dijo también Dios: Júntense las aguas que están debajo de los cielos en un lugar, y descúbrase lo seco. Y fue así. Y llamó Dios a lo seco Tierra, y a la reunión de las aguas llamó Mares. Y vio Dios que era bueno.  Después dijo Dios: Produzca la tierra hierba verde, hierba que dé semilla; árbol de fruto que dé fruto según su género, que su semilla esté en él, sobre la tierra. Y fue así.”

Esta escritura puede permitir que entiendas que todo lo que Dios tiene que hacer es dar la palabra y lo que él quiere que suceda se lleva a cabo.  Siendo que Jesucristo es la Palabra Viviente lo que él habla se cumple.

Mateo 8:28-32

“Cuando (Jesús) llegó a la otra orilla, a la tierra de los gadarenos, vinieron a su encuentro dos endemoniados que salían de los sepulcros, feroces en gran manera, tanto que nadie podía pasar por aquel camino. Y clamaron diciendo: ¿Qué tienes con nosotros, Jesús, Hijo de Dios? ¿Has venido acá para atormentarnos antes de tiempo?  Estaba paciendo lejos de ellos un hato de muchos cerdos. Y los demonios le rogaron diciendo: Si nos echas fuera, permítenos ir a aquel hato de cerdos.  El les dijo: Vayan. Y ellos salieron, y se fueron a aquel hato de cerdos; y he aquí, todo el hato de cerdos se precipitó en el mar por un despeñadero, y perecieron en las aguas.”

El viento, las aguas, y todo lo que existe incluyendo al diablo y a los demonios tienen que obedecer a Dios cuando él lo pide.  No les da una sugerencia, sino una orden.

Colosenses 1:16-18

“Porque en él (Jesucristo) 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 Dios y su palabra subsiste todo lo que existe. Su palabra reina sobre todo, porque es su fiel representante.

Juan 14:12-14

“De cierto, de cierto les digo: El que en mí (Jesucristo) cree, las obras que yo hago, él las hará también; y aun mayores hará, porque yo voy al Padre. Y todo lo que le pidan al Padre en mi nombre, lo haré, para que el Padre sea glorificado en el Hijo. Si algo piden en mi nombre, yo lo haré.”

Siendo que Jesucristo es la Palabra Viviente lo que le pidamos a Dios en el nombre de Jesucristo,  Dios lo hará.  Sabemos, desde luego, que lo que pidamos tiene que estar en la voluntad de Dios.  No podemos pedir algo que sea contrario a su voluntad.  En Santiago 4:3, Santiago, el medio hermano de Jesucristo, dice así:  “Piden, y no reciben, porque piden mal, para gastar en sus placeres.”

Ahora que ya sabes el poder de las palabras, el poder de la oración, y que debes pedir en el nombre de Jesucristo, ora algo así:  “Dios Padre, en el nombre de tu hijo Jesucristo, por favor sáname de esta enfermedad (menciona la enfermedad sea la que sea).” No tiene que ser una enfermedad.  Puede ser cualquier problema grande que no puedas manejar o controlar.  Dios sí puede.  Para él nada es imposible (Marcos 10:27).

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T H E   G R E A T   F L O O D

Many people (especially unbelievers) think that the flood did not really happen. They say that it just happens to be a biblical fable.  However there is much evidence that it did happen.  Fossils of sea animals have been found on high mountains all over the world.  Also many cultures totally unrelated to each other have stories of a universal flood.

Genesis 6:5-7

“Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. So the Lord said, “I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth, both man and beast, creeping thing and birds of the air, for I am sorry that I have made them.”

The points here are:  1. Men became wicked.  2. Men had evil intentions. 3.  God was sorry He had created men.  4.  God was grieved.  5.  God wanted to destroy all forms of life.

Genesis 6:8-10

“But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord. This is the genealogy of Noah. Noah was a just man, perfect in his generations. Noah walked with God. And Noah begot three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth.”

God was going to destroy human life, but because Noah, his wife, his three sons and their wives had not been tainted by the sin and wickedness of all the people around them, God decided to give us a second chance.  If it had not been for Noah we would not exist today.

Genesis 6:13-16

“And God said to Noah, “The end of all flesh has come before Me, for the earth is filled with violence through them; and behold, I will destroy them with the earth. Make yourself an ark (boat) of gopher wood; make rooms in the ark, and cover it inside and outside with pitch. And this is how you shall make it: The length of the ark shall be three hundred cubits (350 feet), its width fifty cubits (75 feet), and its height thirty cubits (45 feet). You shall make a window for the ark, and you shall finish it to a cubit from above; and set the door of the ark in its side. You shall make it with lower, second, and third decks.”

The end of all flesh had come, except for Noah, his family and the animals that he would be instructed to put in the ark.

Genesis 6:17-19

“And behold, I Myself (God) am bringing floodwaters on the earth, to destroy from under heaven all flesh in which is the breath of life; everything that is on the earth shall die. But I will establish My covenant with you (Noah); and you shall go into the ark—you, your sons, your wife, and your sons’ wives with you. And of every living thing of all flesh you shall bring two of every sort into the ark, to keep them alive with you; they shall be male and female.”

God was making provisions so that the human race could continue.  He also made sure that the animals did not become extinct.  God said He would bring flood waters on the earth.  That means everywhere.  He did not say that He was only going to bring flood waters to some parts of the earth.

Genesis 7:9-10

“Two by two they (the animals) went into the ark to Noah, male and female, as God had commanded Noah. And it came to pass after seven days that the waters of the flood were on the earth.”

The animals came in by themselves as they had been commanded by God.  Noah and his sons did not have to go out looking for them nor did they force them to come in.  Then after seven days the downpour started.

Genesis 7:11-12

“In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, on that day all the fountains of the great deep were broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened. And the rain was on the earth forty days and forty nights.”

Water was gushing up from under the earth all over the world and rain was pouring down. That’s why the earth was completely flooded in forty days and nights. One thing we have to remember is that with God all things are possible (Mark 10:27).

God sent the flood as a judgment on mankind.  The people who experienced God’s wrath and died in the flood were unbelievers and sinned purposely.  Isn’t that what is happening in our world today?  God promised not to send us another flood, but Armageddon is coming sooner than you may think.  If you do not know what Armageddon is, look it up in the internet or ask a Christian friend.

I hope this message has helped you understand why the great flood happened and that indeed it did happen. If we live by biblical principles the wrath of God will not come on us, but if we don’t…who knows?

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E L  G R A N  D I L U V I O

Mucha gente, y especialmente los incrédulos, cree que el diluvio no ocurrió.  Dicen que es un cuento bíblico.  Sin embargo hay mucha evidencia que sí  fue una realidad.  Se han encontrado fósiles de animales marinos en las montañas por todo el mundo.  Además muchas culturas alrededor del mundo tienen historias de un diluvio universal.

Génesis 6:5-7

“Y vio Jehová que la maldad de los hombres era mucha en la tierra, y que todo designio de los pensamientos del corazón de ellos era de continuo solamente el mal. Y se arrepintió Jehová de haber hecho hombre en la tierra, y le dolió en su corazón.  Y dijo Jehová: Raeré de sobre la faz de la tierra a los hombres que he creado, desde el hombre hasta la bestia, y hasta el reptil y las aves del cielo; pues me arrepiento de haberlos hecho.”

Los puntos principales son:  1. Los hombres eran malos.  2.  Los hombres tenían sólo malas intenciones.  3. Dios estaba arrepentido de haber creado al hombre.  4. A Dios le dolía el corazón.  5. Dios quería destruir toda forma de vida.

Génesis 6:8-10

“Pero Noé halló gracia ante los ojos de Jehová.  Estas son las generaciones de Noé: Noé, varón justo, era perfecto en sus generaciones; con Dios caminó Noé.  Y engendró Noé tres hijos: a Sem, a Cam y a Jafet.”

Dios iba a destruir toda vida humana, pero porque Noé, su esposa, sus tres hijos, y sus nueras no habían sido corrompidos por la maldad de los habitantes de la tierra, Dios decidió darle una segunda oportunidad a la humanidad.  Si no fuera por Noé no estuviéramos aquí.

Génesis 6:13-16

“Dijo, pues, Dios a Noé: He decidido el fin de todo ser, porque la tierra está llena de violencia a causa de ellos; y he aquí que yo los destruiré con la tierra.  Hazte un arca (un barco) de madera de gofer; harás aposentos en el arca, y la calafatearás con brea por dentro y por fuera.  Y de esta manera la harás: de trescientos codos (350 pies) la longitud del arca, de cincuenta codos su anchura (75 pies), y de treinta codos su altura (45 pies).  Una ventana harás al arca, y la acabarás a un codo de elevación por la parte de arriba; y pondrás la puerta del arca a su lado; y le harás piso bajo, segundo y tercero.”

Moriría todo ser viviente con la excepción de Noé, su familia, y los animales que Dios había escogido para que continuaran las especies. El arca era su refugio.

Génesis 6:17-19

“Y he aquí que yo (Dios) traigo un diluvio de aguas sobre la tierra, para destruir toda carne en que haya espíritu de vida debajo del cielo; todo lo que hay en la tierra morirá.  Mas estableceré mi pacto contigo (Noé), y entrarás en el arca tú, tus hijos, tu mujer, y las mujeres de tus hijos contigo. Y de todo lo que vive, de toda carne, dos de cada especie meterás en el arca, para que tengan vida contigo; macho y hembra serán.”

Dios abrió la oportunidad para que la raza humana continuara.  También se aseguró que cada especie de animal sobreviviera.  Dios dijo que traería un diluvio sobre la tierra.  Eso significa que iba a ser sobre toda la tierra – todo el mundo.  No dijo que el diluvio solamente ocurriría en ciertas partes de la tierra.

Génesis 7:9-10

 De dos en dos entraron (los animales) con Noé en el arca; macho y hembra, como mandó Dios a Noé. Y sucedió que al séptimo día las aguas del diluvio vinieron sobre la tierra.”

Los animales entraron solos como les había dicho Dios.  Noé y sus hijos no tuvieron que ir a buscarlos ni forzarlos que entraran al arca.  Después de siete días comenzó la tormenta.

Génesis 7:11-12

“El año seiscientos de la vida de Noé, en el mes segundo a diecisiete días del mes, aquel día fueron rotas todas las fuentes del grande abismo, y las cataratas de los cielos fueron abiertas;  Y hubo lluvia sobre la tierra cuarenta días y cuarenta noches.”

Por todo el mundo el agua salía de abajo hacia arriba y caía de arriba hacia abajo. Por eso el mundo fue inundado en cuarenta días y cuarenta noches.  Lo que tenemos que saber y recordar es que para Dios todo es posible (Marcos 10:27).

Dios mandó el diluvio para juzgar al mundo.  Los que pasaron por esa experiencia y murieron eran incrédulos quienes pecaban a propósito.  ¿No es lo mismo que está sucediendo actualmente? Dios prometió no causar otro diluvio, pero Armagedón nos va a llegar más pronto de lo que pensamos.  Si no sabes lo que es Armagedón, búscalo en el internet o pregúntale a un amigo cristiano.  Es importante que lo sepas.

Ojalá este mensaje te haya ayudado a comprender por qué sucedió el gran diluvio, y que en realidad sí ocurrió.  Si seguimos los principios bíblicos, la ira de Dios no caerá sobre nosotros, pero si no lo hacemos…¿quién sabe?

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YOU MAY BE DEAD TO GOD

This may sound crazy to you, but it is very possible that you may be dead to God.  That means you have nothing to do with Him, and He has nothing to do with you.  If you are anything other than a Christian God does not know you.  He only knows you if you are His child.

Matthew 22:32

“’I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’ God is not the God of the dead, but of the living.”

Jesus Himself was explaining who He is.  He is not the God of the dead – the ones who are in sin who have never accepted Him as their Lord and Savior.  Those people are dead to Him.

Romans 8:13-14

“For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.  For  as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.”

Living by the flesh means living by your emotions, feelings, desires, doing what makes you feel good, doing whatever you want at any given time and not paying any attention to what God would have you do.

In 1 Timothy 5:6, referring to a widow who is engaged in adulterous activities the Bible says:  “But she who lives in pleasure is dead while she lives.” She is physically alive, but dead to God spiritually.

Matthew 8:21-22

“Then another of His disciples said to Him (Jesus), “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.” But Jesus said to him, “Follow Me, and let the dead bury their own dead.”

The dead cannot bury the dead, so what did Jesus mean?  He meant that somebody else who was not following Jesus or believing in Him should bury the man.  Since the man who would bury the disciple’s father was not following Jesus, he was as good as dead to God.  Are you dead to God?  You are if Jesus is not your Lord and Savior.

Ephesians 2:1-5

“And you He (God) made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to  the prince of the power of the air (the devil), the spirit who now works in  the sons of disobedience,  among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and  were by nature children of wrath, just as the others.  But God,  who is rich in mercy, because of His  great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses,  made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved).”

When we are living in sin and in disobedience God considers us as being dead to Him.  All those people who are socially and politically-correct who are advocating abortions, homosexuality, legalizing marijuana and who are tolerant of every imaginable sin are dead to God and unless they change they will wind up in the lake of fire suffering throughout eternity.  Let’s hope you are not one of those walking dead.

Luke 15:28-32

But he (The Prodigal Son’s Brother) was angry and would not go in. Therefore his father came out and pleaded with him. So he answered and said to his father, ‘Lo, these many years I have been serving you; I never transgressed your commandment at any time; and yet you never gave me a young goat, that I might make merry with my friends.  But as soon as this son of yours came, who has devoured your livelihood with harlots, you killed the fatted calf for him.’  “And he said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that I have is yours.  It was right that we should make merry and be glad, for your brother was dead and is alive again, and was lost and is found.’”

The parable of the prodigal son is really about us when we are far away from God.  All we have to do is repent and come back to Him.  He is waiting with open arms ready to receive us.  If you are a prodigal son and are dead to Him it is time for you to come back to Him before it is too late.  You don’t know when you are going to die or when you have moved away too far from God and cannot come back.

Regardless of your situation, as the prodigal son did you can come back to God right now.  Just read the following prayer several times and when you truly understand it and feel that Father God is calling you, pray it to Him aloud.  He will forgive whatever you may have done and will cleanse you as if you had never sinned.  You cannot ask for a better deal.  God bless you!

“Father God, I repent of all my sins.  I ask You to 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, that He resurrected on the third day and that He is in heaven at your right hand interceding for me. I ask Him to be my Lord and Savior and for the Holy Spirit to live in me.  Thank You, Father! Amen.”

If you prayed that prayer, you are now a child of God and will spend eternity with Him.  Start reading the Bible – start with the Book of John.  Start attending a good born-again Christian church where they teach directly from the Bible.  Befriend Christian people, so you may learn from them.  Keep coming back to my blog and you will learn a lot.  God bless you!

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PUEDES ESTAR MUERTO PARA DIOS

Esto te puede sonar un poco raro, pero es muy posible que estés muerto para Dios.  Eso significa que no tienes nada que ver con él, y él no tiene nada que ver contigo.  No importa lo que seas si no eres cristiano – si nunca has recibido a Jesucristo como tu Señor y Salvador, no eres hijo de Dios.  Él solamente reconoce a sus hijos.

Mateo 22:32

“Yo soy el Dios de Abraham, el Dios de Isaac y el Dios de Jacob? Dios no es Dios de muertos, sino de vivos.”

Jesucristo nos explica quien es él. No es el Dios de los muertos – los que están en pecado y que nunca lo han aceptado como su Señor y Salvador.  Esas personas están muertas para él. ¿Eres una de ellas?

Romanos 8:13-14

 Porque si vives conforme a la carne, morirás; mas si por el Espíritu haces morir las obras de la carne, vivirás. Porque todos los que son guiados por el Espíritu de Dios, éstos son hijos de Dios.”

El vivir por la carne significa vivir por tus emociones, sentimientos, deseos, hacer lo que te haga sentir bien, hacer lo que te dé la gana cuando y donde quieras, y no prestarle atención a lo que Dios quisiera que hicieras.

En 1 Timoteo 5:6, refiriéndose a las viudas quienes se involucran en actividades adúlteras la biblia dice: “Pero la que se entrega a los placeres, viviendo está muerta.” Físicamente está viva, pero espiritualmente está muerta para Dios.

Mateo 8:21-22

“Otro de sus discípulos le dijo (a Jesús): Señor, permíteme que vaya primero y entierre a mi padre.  Jesús le dijo: Sígueme; deja que los muertos entierren a sus muertos.”

Los muertos no pueden enterrar a los muertos.  Jesucristo insinuaba que otra persona que no tenía salvación enterrara al muerto.  Uno estaba muerto físicamente y el otro espiritualmente.

Efesios 2:1-5

“Y él (Dios) les dio vida a ustedes, cuando estaban muertos en sus delitos y pecados,  en los cuales anduvieron en otro tiempo, siguiendo la corriente de este mundo, conforme al príncipe de la potestad del aire (el diablo), el espíritu que ahora opera en los hijos de desobediencia,  entre los cuales también todos nosotros vivimos en otro tiempo en los deseos de nuestra carne, haciendo la voluntad de la carne y de los pensamientos, y éramos por naturaleza hijos de ira, lo mismo que los demás.  Pero Dios, que es rico en misericordia, por su gran amor con que nos amó,  aun estando nosotros muertos en pecados, nos dio vida juntamente con Cristo (por gracia son salvos)…”

Cuando estamos viviendo en el pecado y desobediencia Dios nos considera muertos para él.  Todas esas personas quienes están social y políticamente correctas advocando el aborto, el matrimonio homosexual, legalizar la marihuana, y tolerar toda clase de pecado imaginable están muertos para Dios, y a menos que cambien pasarán la eternidad sufriendo en el lago de fuego.  Esperamos que no seas una de esas personas.

Lucas 15:29-32

“Entonces se enojó (el hermano del hijo pródigo), y no quería entrar. Salió por tanto su padre, y le rogaba que entrara. Mas él, respondiendo, dijo al padre: He aquí, tantos años te sirvo, no habiéndote desobedecido jamás, y nunca me has dado ni un cabrito para gozarme con mis amigos.  Pero cuando vino este tu hijo, que ha consumido tus bienes con rameras, has hecho matar para él el becerro gordo.  Él entonces le dijo: Hijo, tú siempre estás conmigo, y todas mis cosas son tuyas.  Mas era necesario hacer fiesta y regocijarnos, porque este tu hermano era muerto, y ha revivido; se había perdido, y es hallado.

La parábola del hijo prodigo se refiere a nosotros cuando nos hemos alejado de Dios. Todo lo que tenemos que hacer es arrepentirnos y volver a él.  Está esperando con los brazos abiertos para recibirnos.  Si tú eres hijo pródigo y estás muerto para Dios, es tiempo que vuelvas antes que sea demasiado tarde. No sabes cuándo vas a morir ni cuando te hayas alejado tanto de Dios que ya no puedas volver.

Sin importar tu situación, como lo hizo el hijo pródigo tú puedes volver en este instante.  Lee la siguiente oración varias veces, y cuando la entiendas, y sientas que Dios te ama, órasela en voz alta.  Sin importar lo que hayas hecho, él te perdonará y te limpiará completamente de todo pecado.  No puedes pedir nada mejor.  ¡Dios te bendiga!

“Dios Padre, me arrepiento de todos mis pecados.  Te pido que me perdones.  Creo y confieso que Jesucristo es tu Hijo, que sufrió y murió en la cruz para pagar por mis pecados, que resucitó al tercer día y que está a tu diestra haciendo intercesión por mí.  Le pido que sea mi Señor y Salvador y que el Espíritu Santo viva en mí.  Gracias, Padre.  Amén.”

Si oraste esa oración, te has convertido en hijo de Dios, y pasarás la eternidad con él.  Comienza a leer la biblia – empieza en El Libro de Juan.  Busca una buena iglesia cristiana donde enseñen directamente de la biblia. Haste amigo de personas cristianas para que te ayuden a aprender más y a vivir una vida conforme la voluntad de Dios.  Vuelve a mi página.  La actualizo cada semana. ¡Dios te bendiga!

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IF YOU LOVE ME (GOD) KEEP MY COMMANDMENTS

Many people who say they are Christians, in reality, are not.  It does not suffice to know the word of God, to read the Bible, go to church, to look pious, to carry a Bible around or to do good works.  It is much more than that.

Being a Christian is about being a Christ follower, which means being obedient to His commandments.  We should live by His commandments because they are the guidelines for our lives.  If we are not obedient to Him (John 14:24), we are rebels without a cause.  Unfortunately many of us are exactly that.

Follow Me

In Matthew 16:24, Jesus told His disciples:  “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.” Then in Matthew 4:18-19, He told two fishermen:  “And Jesus, walking by the Sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. Then He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.”

Jesus did not tell them to follow a certain religion.  He told them to follow Him, which meant being with Him, learning His teachings and obeying His commandments.  He is basically telling us exactly the same thing.

If We Love Him…

Jesus knows we love Him if we keep His commandments. In John 14:15, He Himself states it this way:  “If you love Me, keep My commandments.” He reiterates it in John 14:21: “ He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.”

If we keep His commandments not only will He know we love Him, but He will manifest Himself to us.  In other words, we will have a personal relationship with Him.  Hopefully that is what every Christian wants. If you are not there yet, you should be striving to get there; otherwise you are a second-class Christian.

His Commandments Are Not Difficult

God does not expect you to be a super saint or to do the impossible, but He does expect you to try your best.  If you do that, He will do the rest.  In 1 John 5:3, He tells us:  “ For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome.”

If we keep His commandments life will be so much easier for us.  Sometimes we keep batting our heads against the wall and accomplish nothing because we are going against His will.  Even Jesus, being God in the flesh, would only do the will of the Father. In John 6:38, Jesus stated it this way: “ For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me (Father God).” If Jesus did the Father’s will, what do you think we ought to do?

The Will of God

Many people say, “I don’t know God’s will for my life.”  If they read the Bible they will find it as sure as we live on this planet.  In Matthew 22:37-40, Jesus said:  “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 and our fellow men we will be fulfilling Jesus’ commandments. Of course we can show our love for God and for our fellow men in many different ways.  We are not restricted as to how and in the many ways in which we can demonstrate that love.

No Substitute For Love

Jesus and the word of God make it very clear that without love we cannot do the will of God.  God is love (1 John 4:8), and if we are not acting in love, we are not doing His will.  This is what the Bible says about love in 1 Corinthians 13:13 – “And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”

When you are acting in love, regardless of the results God is happy with you.  I say that because sometimes our thoughts, intentions and actions are in love, but the visible results are not what we expect.  When that happens, don’t feel disappointed.  If you did your best in love, that’s what counts.  Even if nobody here on earth recognizes the efforts you make in love, God recognizes them.

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SI ME AMAS GUARDA MIS MANDAMIENTOS

Mucha gente que dice ser cristiana, en realidad, no lo es.  No es suficiente saber la palabra de Dios, leer la biblia, asistir a la iglesia, lucir piadoso, cargar una biblia ni hacer buenas obras.  Es mucho más que eso.

El ser cristiano es ser seguidor de Jesucristo lo que significa ser obediente a sus enseñanzas y a sus mandamientos. Debemos vivir según sus mandamientos porque son las guías para nuestras vidas.  Si no le somos obedientes a Jesucristo (Juan 14:24), somos rebeldes sin causa.  Desafortunadamente muchos de nosotros somos exactamente eso.

Síganme

En Mateo 16:24, Jesucristo les dijo a sus discípulos:  “Si alguno quiere venir en pos de mí, niéguese a sí mismo, y tome su cruz, y sígame.”  Luego en Mateo 4:18-19, les dijo a dos pescadores:  “ Andando Jesús junto al mar de Galilea, vio a dos hermanos, Simón, llamado Pedro, y Andrés su hermano, que echaban la red en el mar; porque eran pescadores. Y les dijo: Vengan en pos de mí, y los haré pescadores de hombres.”

Jesucristo no les dijo que siguieran ninguna religión.  Les dijo que lo siguieran a él, lo que significaba que estuvieran con él, que aprendieran sus enseñanzas, y que obedecieran sus mandamientos.  Básicamente está diciéndonos lo mismo a nosotros.

Si Lo Amamos…

Jesús sabe que lo amamos si guardamos sus mandamientos.  En Juan 14:15, él mismo lo explica así: “Si me aman, guarden mis mandamientos.”  Lo reitera en Juan 14:21 – “El que tiene mis mandamientos, y los guarda, ése es el que me ama; y el que me ama, será amado por mi Padre, y yo le amaré, y me manifestaré a él.”

Si guardamos sus mandamientos no tan sólo sabrá que lo amamos, sino que se nos manifestará. En otras palabras, tendremos una relación personal con él.  Esperamos que eso sea lo que desea todo cristiano.  Si todavía no has llegado a ese punto, debes estar aspirando llegar a esa relación para que no te sientas como si fueras un cristiano de segundo nivel o un participante sentado en la banca.

Sus Mandamientos No Son Difíciles

Dios no espera que seas un súper santo ni que hagas lo imposible, pero sí espera que le des lo mejor de ti.  Si tú haces eso, él hará el resto.  En 1 Juan 5:3, Jesucristo lo declara de esta manera: “Pues este es el amor a Dios, que guardemos sus mandamientos; y sus mandamientos no son gravosos.”

Si guardamos sus mandamientos la vida es mucho más fácil para nosotros.  A veces continuamos dándonos golpes en la cabeza contra la pared, y no logramos nada, porque vamos contra la voluntad de Dios.  Aún Cristo, siendo el Hijo de Dios, solamente hacía la voluntad del Padre.  En Juan 6:38, Jesús lo declaró así:  “ Porque he descendido del cielo, no para hacer mi voluntad, sino la voluntad del que me envió (Dios Padre).” Si Jesucristo hacía la voluntad del Padre, ¿qué piensas que debemos hacer nosotros?

La Voluntad de Dios

Mucha gente dice, “No sé la voluntad de Dios para mi vida.”  Si leen la biblia la encontrarán.  En Mateo 22:37-40, Jesús dijo: “Amarás al Señor tu Dios con todo tu corazón, y con toda tu alma, y con toda tu mente.  Este es el primero y grande mandamiento.  Y el segundo es semejante: Amarás a tu prójimo como a ti mismo. De estos dos mandamientos depende toda la ley y los profetas.”

Si, en realidad, amamos a Dios y al prójimo, estamos cumpliendo con los mandamientos de Jesucristo.  Claro, podemos demostrar el amor hacia Dios y hacia el prójimo en diversas maneras.  No existen restricciones.  Hay tantas maneras de servir hasta donde nos lleve la imaginación.

El Amor No Tiene Substituto

Jesucristo y la palabra de Dios claramente nos dicen que sin amor no podemos cumplir con la voluntad de Dios. Dios es amor (1 Juan 4:8), y si no actuamos en amor, no estamos haciendo su voluntad.  En 1 Corintios 13:13, la biblia lo explica así:  “Y ahora permanecen la fe, la esperanza y el amor, estos tres; pero el mayor de ellos es el amor.”

Cuando actúas en amor, sin importar los resultados, Dios está contento contigo.  Digo eso, porque a veces nuestros pensamientos, intenciones y acciones son en amor, pero los resultados visibles no son los que esperábamos.  Cuando eso suceda no te sientas desilusionado.  Lo que cuenta es que des lo mejor de ti.  Aunque nadie en el mundo reconozca tus esfuerzos que hiciste en amor, Dios sí los reconocerá.

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DO NOT JUDGE

Many of us judge others erroneously, not knowing that God absolutely hates it.  The only thing we should judge is our performance in any given area, so we can improve.  We should not even put God to the test.  In other words, we should not ask God to do something for us and then we will believe. If we do that, we are judging Him.  We should believe without seeing (John 20:24-31).  If we have to see to believe, we have no faith.

Matthew 6:14-15

“ For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.  But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.”

Those are the words that Jesus spoke to teach us.  The reason we may not forgive others is because we are judging them, and we find them guilty.  If we do that, God will judge us and find us guilty because all of us sin.  That, of course, will send us to the lake of fire to suffer eternally.

Luke 6:37

 Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.  Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.”

God tells us not to judge, not to condemn and to forgive.  If we do those three things, we will be doing His will and He will bless us.

James 4:11-12

“ Do not speak evil of one another, brethren. He who speaks evil of a brother and judges his brother, speaks evil of the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge. There is one Lawgiver (God), who is able to save and to destroy. Who are you to judge another?”

Yes, who are we to judge other people?  Legally the judges should do that and spiritually God will do it. The guilty should not judge the guilty.  We have never been appointed or elected to do

that.

Matthew 7:1-2

“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.”

We should not judge and we will not be judged by God.  “The Golden Rule” applies to all of us. Whatever proceeds from us will come back to us.  Whatever we sow, we will reap.  What are you sowing?

Matthew 7:3-5

 And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye?  Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.”

We are not perfect ourselves.  We should not expect others to be perfect either.  Being human we make mistakes.

2 Corinthians 5:10

“For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.”

On Judgment Day all of us will appear before Christ to be judged.  How we will have judged and treated others will definitely be taken into account by God.

1 Corinthians 11:31

 For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged.”  If we judge ourselves we will correct our own faults with no need for somebody else to do it and even God will not judge that aspect of our lives because we will have done it ourselves to make it right.

Romans 2:1-3

“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?”

If we judge others, in essence, we are judging ourselves.  Let’s pay heed, so we will not do it.

John 8:4-7

 they said to Him (Jesus), “Teacher, this woman was caught in adultery, in the very act.  Now Moses, in the law, commanded us that such should be stoned. But what do You say?”  This they said, testing Him, that they might have something of which to accuse Him. But Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground with His finger, as though He did not hear.  So when they continued asking Him, He raised Himself up and said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.”

Three points:  1.  We are not to judge.  2.  All of us are sinners.  3. We should forgive others.

Instead of judging or criticizing we should do whatever we can to remedy the situation.  That includes giving advice to others and helping them become stronger in their weak areas.  After all, if we are not part of the solution, we are part of the problem.

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NO JUZGUES

Muchos de nosotros juzgamos erróneamente sin percatarnos que Dios lo odia.  Lo único que debemos de juzgar son nuestras acciones en cualquier área de nuestras vidas para poder mejorarlas.  Ni debemos poner a Dios a prueba.  En otras palabras, no debemos pedirle a Dios que nos haga un milagro y luego sí creemos en él.  Si hacemos eso lo estamos juzgando.  Debemos creer sin ver (Juan 20:24-31).  Si tenemos que ver para creer, no tenemos fe.

Mateo 6:14-15

“Porque si les perdonan a los hombres sus ofensas, los perdonará también a ustedes su Padre celestial; mas si no perdonan  a los hombres sus ofensas, tampoco su Padre les perdonará  sus ofensas.”

Esas son las palabras que Jesucristo dijo para darnos enseñanza.  La razón que no perdonamos al prójimo es porque lo estamos juzgando, y ya lo hemos encontrado culpable.  Si hacemos eso, Dios nos juzgará y nos declarará culpables, porque todos pecamos. Eso, desde luego, nos mandará a pasar la eternidad sufriendo en el lago de fuego.

Lucas 6:37

“No juzguen, y no serán juzgados; no condenen, y no serán condenados; perdonen, y serán perdonados.”

Dios nos pide que no juzguemos, que no condenemos y que perdonemos.  Si hacemos esas tres cosas estaremos haciendo su voluntad, y recibiremos sus bendiciones.

Santiago 4:11-12

 Hermanos, no murmuren los unos de los otros. El que murmura del hermano y juzga a su hermano, murmura de la ley y juzga a la ley; pero si tú juzgas a la ley, no eres hacedor de la ley, sino juez.  Uno solo (Dios) es el dador de la ley, que puede salvar y perder; pero tú, ¿quién eres para que juzgues a otro?”

¿Quiénes somos para juzgar?  Legalmente los jueces son los que deben juzgar a la gente, y espiritualmente Dios es el único que nos puede juzgar.  El culpable no debe juzgar a otro culpable.

Mateo 7:1-2

“No juzguen, para que no sean juzgados.  Porque con el juicio con que juzguen, serán  juzgados, y con la medida con que midan, ustedes serán medidos.”

No debemos juzgar para que Dios no nos encuentre culpables. Debemos vivir por “la regla de oro.”  Según tratemos al prójimo así vamos a ser tratados.  Lo que sembremos eso vamos a cosechar.  ¿Qué estás sembrando?

MATEO 7:3-5

¿Y por qué miras la paja que está en el ojo de tu hermano, y no echas de ver la viga que está en tu propio ojo? ¿O cómo dirás a tu hermano: Déjame sacar la paja de tu ojo, y he aquí la viga en el ojo tuyo?  !!Hipócrita! saca primero la viga de tu propio ojo, y entonces verás bien para sacar la paja del ojo de tu hermano.”

Siendo que nosotros no somos perfectos, no debemos esperar que la otra gente sea perfecta. Todo humano comete errores y peca, y nosotros no somos la excepción.

2 Corintios 5:10

“ Porque es necesario que todos nosotros comparezcamos ante el tribunal de Cristo, para que cada uno reciba según lo que haya hecho mientras estaba en el cuerpo, sea bueno o sea malo.”

Se llegará “El Día del Juicio” para cada uno de nosotros.  Vamos a ser juzgados según hayamos tratado al prójimo.

1 Corintios 11:31

 Si, pues, nos examinásemos a nosotros mismos, no seríamos juzgados.” Si nos juzgamos nosotros mismos y corregimos nuestras faltas, no hay necesidad que otros nos juzguen y nos corrijan, y Dios no nos juzgará severamente.

Romanos 2:1-3

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?

Si juzgamos a otros, en realidad, nos estamos juzgando nosotros mismos. Prestemos atención de no hacerlo, porque eso lo odia Dios.

Juan 8:4-7

“le dijeron: Maestro (Jesucristo), esta mujer ha sido sorprendida en el acto mismo de adulterio.  Y en la ley nos mandó Moisés apedrear a tales mujeres. Tú, pues, ¿qué dices?  Mas esto decían tentándole, para poder acusarle. Pero Jesús, inclinado hacia el suelo, escribía en tierra con el dedo. Y como insistieron en preguntarle, se enderezó y les dijo: El que de ustedes esté sin pecado sea el primero en arrojar la piedra contra ella.”

Tres puntos:  1.  No debemos juzgar.  2.  Todos somos pecadores.  3.  Debemos perdonar al prójimo.  En vez de criticar y juzgar debemos hacer todo lo que sea posible para remediar la situación.  Eso incluye darles consejos a los que los necesitan, y ayudarles en sus áreas de debilidad. Es que si no somos parte de la solución, somos parte del problema.

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WHY DID JESUS LEAVE THIS EARTH?

The Lord Jesus lived on this earth for 33 ½ years.  The question, of course, should be, why did He leave?  He could have stayed here for many more years and have gone to many other parts of the then known world. If He had done that, many of our problems would probably have been solved.  So why didn’t he do it?

Jesus, being God, never had a beginning and will never have an end (Psalm 94:1-4, Revelation 1:8, Isaiah 57:15, Deuteronomy 33:27 and 1 Timothy 1:17).  He was on His throne in heaven, where everything was perfect and where He was, is and always will be very much loved by the Father, two-thirds of the angels and the other entities who live in heaven. Why did He come to earth?

No human being in his right mind would leave what Jesus left in heaven to come to earth.  What motivated Him to come?  Nothing is more important to Him than obeying His Father.  When He was twelve years old in the temple of God and His parents were looking for Him, He told them in Luke 2:49 – “And He said to them, “Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?” His mission was to do the Father’s will, not His own.  Then in John 5:30, He said:  “I can of Myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is righteous, because I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me.”  This scripture tells us five things:  1. The Father sent Him to earth.  2. He can only do the Father’s will.  3.  He is the one who will judge us on Judgment Day.  4.  His judgment is righteous. 5. He was and is obedient to His Father.

Now we know that He came in obedience to Father God.  How did He come?  He came in humility as a normal Jewish baby born, not in a palace, not in a beautiful house, not in an expensive inn, but in a manger where animals had lived.  Luke 2:5-7 explains it this way:  “(Joseph came to Bethlehem) to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife,who was with child.  So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn Son (Jesus), and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.”

A manger is not a barn, but a trough – a hollow log – where animals drank water or ate their food from it. That was baby Jesus’ cradle.  Can you imagine Jesus, being God, King of kings and Lord of lords leaving all the splendor of heaven to be placed in a smelly manger? He did it to teach us humility.  If you are too proud, learn to be humble.  In James 4:6, the Bible says:  “But He (God) gives more grace. Therefore He says:  “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”

Jesus also came to teach us to love one another because God is love (1 John 4:8). Jesus Himself explains this to us in Matthew 22:37-39 – “Jesus said to him (A lawyer member of the religious leaders – the Pharisees), “‘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.’” We are to love God and our fellow men.

Jesus came to show us the light of Father God, so we could come out of the darkness of sin. God is light and in Him there is no darkness (no sin) whatsoever.  The Bible in 1 John 1:5-6 explains it this way:  “ This is the message which we have heard from Him (Jesus Christ) and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.  If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness (sin), we lie and do not practice the truth.”  If you are in sin, depart from it!

Jesus came to dispel the lies of the devil, the father of lies (John 8:44), and to bring us into His truth.  In John 14:6, He Himself declares it this way:  “I am the way, the truth, and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through Me.”  There is no other name under which we can be saved (Acts 4:12).  Jesus is the only way to heaven.  His gospel is the absolute truth.  Any other religion or doctrine has been invented by mere men.  Through Jesus we gain eternal life with Him.  There is no other way!

Another reason Jesus came to earth was to give us an example of how to live our lives.  He lived the perfect life, and although we cannot do the same, at least, we can try our best to do the very best we can.  Yes, we will make mistakes, but that is why He provided grace for us.  Grace means receiving unmerited favor.  We should be punished for sinning, but if we repent and ask God to forgive us, He does.  He does not punish us.  We do not deserve to spend eternity with Him, but because of His grace, we can.

The main reason Jesus came was to reconcile us back to the Father. The human race had a direct connection with God, but when Adam and Eve sinned that connection was broken; we became alienated from God.  Jesus came to reconcile us back to Father God.  The two following scriptures explain it quite well – Colossians 1:19-21 – “ For it pleased the Father that in Him (Jesus Christ) all the fullness should dwell,  and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross.  And you (that includes every single human being who receives Jesus Christ as His Lord and Savior), who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled.”  Ephesians 2:11-13 – “Therefore remember that you, once Gentiles (a Gentile is any human being who is not Jewish) in the flesh—who are called Uncircumcision by what is called the Circumcision made in the flesh by hands— that at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.  But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.”

However, a human being is not reconciled with God, unless he receives Jesus Christ as His Lord and Savior.  A Jewish person receives Him as his Messiah.  Yes, my Jewish brothers and sisters, Jesus is your awaited Messiah.  Do not be waiting for Him.  He already came the first time, and He is about to come the second time in what is known as the rapture.”  You missed Him the first time – don’t miss Him the second time.

Although Jesus is not here physically, He is here spiritually through the Holy Spirit who lives in you, if you are a son or daughter of God.  If you want to spend eternity with God and not burning in the lake of fire, ask Jesus to come into your life – He will.  Aloud pray the following prayer to Him:  “Father God, I repent of my sins.  Please forgive me. I confess and believe that Jesus Christ suffered, died and resurrected to pay for my sins.  I receive Him as my Lord and Savior. I also ask the Holy Spirit to live in me to guide me into all truths and to protect me at all times. I ask You all this in the name of Your Son Jesus Christ.  Amen.”

Read my blog or my page on a regular basis.  Start reading the Bible.  The Book of John is a good place to start and then the Book of Matthew.  Find a good born-again Christian church where they teach the whole word of God directly from the Bible. If you do that, I will see you in heaven some day. 

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¿POR QUÉ SE FUE JESUCRISTO DE LA TIERRA?

Jesucristo, Nuestro Señor, vivió aquí en la tierra por 33 ½.  La pregunta debería ser…¿Por qué se fue?  Pudiera haberse quedado muchos años más, y llevado su palabra a muchos otros lugares del mundo conocido en esos tiempos.  Si hubiera hecho eso, muchos de nuestros problemas, tal vez, no existieran.  ¿Por qué no lo hizo?

Jesucristo, siendo Dios, no tuvo comienzo y no tendrá fin (Salmo 94:1-4, Apocalipsis 1:8, Isaías 57:15, Deuteronomio 33:27 y 1 Timoteo 1:17).  Reinaba de su trono en el cielo, donde todo era perfecto, y donde el Padre, dos terceras partes de los ángeles y los otros huéspedes del cielo lo amaban y siempre lo amarán.  ¿Por qué dejó todo eso para venir a este mundo?

Ninguna persona en sus cinco sentidos dejaría lo que Jesucristo dejó en el cielo para venir a sufrir.  ¿Qué lo motivó? Nada es más importante para él que obedecer a su Padre.  Cuando tenía doce años en el templo de Dios, y sus padres lo buscaban, les dijo en Lucas 2:49 – “ Entonces él (Jesucristo) les dijo: ¿Por qué me buscaban? ¿No sabían que en los negocios de mi Padre me es necesario estar?”  Su misión era de hacer la voluntad del Padre, no la suya.  Luego en Juan 5:30, dijo:  “ No puedo yo hacer nada por mí mismo; según oigo, así juzgo; y mi juicio es justo, porque no busco mi voluntad, sino la voluntad del que me envió, la del Padre.”  Esta escritura nos dice cinco cosas:  1. El Padre lo envió.  2. Solamente puede hacer la voluntad del Padre.  3. Él es el que nos juzgará en “El Día del Juicio.”  4. Su juicio es justo.  5. Él era y es obediente a su Padre.

Entonces ya sabemos que vino en obediencia a su Padre. ¿Cómo vino?  Vino en humildad como un bebecito judío.  No nació ni en un palacio, casa hermosa ni en una posada lujosa.  Nació en un pesebre donde vivían animales.  Lucas 2:5-7 lo explica así:  “(José fue a Belén) para ser registrado con María su mujer, desposada con él, la cual estaba encinta. Y aconteció que estando ellos allí, se cumplieron los días de su alumbramiento. Y dio a luz a su hijo primogénito (Jesucristo), y lo envolvió en pañales, y lo acostó en un pesebre, porque no había lugar para ellos en el mesón.”

Un pesebre no era una caballeriza, sino un tronco largo con un hueco en medio para darle de tomar o de comer a los animales.  Eso fue la cuna de Jesús.  ¿Te puedes imaginar que el Rey de reyes, el Señor de señores, y el Dios de dioses dejara su trono en el cielo para dormir en un pesebre y morir una muerte horrible?  Lo hizo para enseñarnos humildad. Si eres demasiado orgulloso, aprende a ser humilde.  En Santiago 4:6, la biblia nos dice:  “ Pero él (Dios) da mayor gracia. Por esto dice: Dios resiste a los soberbios, y da gracia a los humildes.”

Jesús también vino para enseñarnos que nos amáramos los unos a los otros, porque Dios es amor (1 Juan 4:8).  Jesucristo mismo nos lo explica en Mateo 22:37-39 – “Jesús le dijo: Amarás al Señor tu Dios con todo tu corazón, y con toda tu alma, y con toda tu mente.  Este es el primero y grande mandamiento. Y el segundo es semejante: Amarás a tu prójimo como a ti mismo.” Debemos amar a Dios y al prójimo.

Jesús vino a sacarnos de la oscuridad del pecado para que viviéramos en la luz y en la pureza  de su Padre.  Dios es luz, y en él no hay oscuridad (pecado).  En 1 Juan 1:5-6, la biblia lo explica así:  “Este es el mensaje que hemos oído de él (Jesucristo), y les anunciamos: Dios es luz, y no hay ningunas tinieblas en él.  Si decimos que tenemos comunión con él, y andamos en tinieblas, mentimos, y no practicamos la verdad.”  Si estás en la oscuridad, ¡apártate del pecado!

 

Jesús vino para desmentir las mentiras del diablo, el padre de la mentira (Juan 8:44), y para traernos a la verdad.  En Juan 14:6, Jesucristo lo declara así:  “Jesús le dijo: Yo soy el camino, y la verdad, y la vida; nadie viene al Padre, sino por mí.”  No hay otro nombre por el cual podamos ser salvos (Hechos 4:12). Jesús es el único camino al cielo.  El evangelio es la verdad absoluta.  Cualquier otra religión o doctrina ha sido inventada por el hombre.  Sólo por medio de Jesucristo podemos recibir vida eterna.

Otra razón por la cual Jesús vino al mundo fue para demostrarnos como vivir.  Él vivió una vida perfecta, y aunque nosotros no podemos hacer exactamente lo mismo, sí podemos tratar de vivir lo mejor que podamos.  Sí, cometemos errores y caemos, pero por su gracia y misericordia nos perdona.  Merecemos ser castigados por nuestros pecados, pero si nos arrepentimos y le pedimos perdón a Dios, él nos perdona y no nos castiga.  No merecemos pasar la eternidad con él, pero por su bondad y su amor, nos lo permite.

¿Qué es la gracia de Dios?  La gracia significa “favor inmerecido.”  Es decir, merecemos ser castigados, pero por ese favor inmerecido, Dios nos perdona.  No merecemos ir al cielo, pero por esa misma gracia, Dios nos abre los portales del cielo.  Cuando lleguemos al cielo, si hemos recibido a Jesucristo como nuestro Señor y Salvador, entraremos limpios como si jamás hubiéramos pecado.  Esa es la gracia de Dios.

La razón más importante que trajo a Jesús al mundo fue para reconciliarnos con Dios Padre. La raza humana tenía una conexión directa con Dios, pero cuando Adán y Eva pecaron se rompió – nos separamos de Dios.  La reconciliación que hizo posible Jesucristo se explica muy bien en las siguientes escrituras:  Colosenses 1:19-21 – “ Por cuanto agradó al Padre que en él (Jesús) habitara toda plenitud, y por medio de él reconciliar consigo todas las cosas, así las que están en la tierra como las que están en los cielos, haciendo la paz mediante la sangre de su cruz. Y a ustedes también, que eran en otro tiempo extraños y enemigos en su mente, haciendo malas obras, ahora los ha reconciliado.” Efesios 2:11-13 – “Por tanto, acuérdense de que en otro tiempo ustedes, los gentiles (un gentil es cualquier persona que no es judía) en cuanto a la carne, eran llamados incircuncisión por la llamada circuncisión hecha con mano en la carne.  En aquel tiempo estaban sin Cristo, alejados de la ciudadanía de Israel y ajenos a los pactos de la promesa, sin esperanza y sin Dios en el mundo.  Pero ahora en Cristo Jesús, ustedes que en otro tiempo estaban lejos, han sido hechos cercanos por la sangre de Cristo.”

Sin embargo,  una persona  no está reconciliada con Dios a menos que reciba a Jesucristo como su Señor y Salvador.  Los judíos lo reciben como el Mesías.  Sí, mis queridos hermanos judíos, Jesucristo es su esperado Mesías. No lo sigan esperando.  Ya vino, y está por venir la segunda vez en lo que le llamamos “el rapto.”  No lo aceptaron la primera vez, acéptenlo esta vez para que puedan ir al cielo.

Aunque físicamente Jesucristo no esté aquí con nosotros, él vive en nosotros por medio del Espíritu Santo, pero solamente si somos hijos de Dios.  Si deseas pasar la eternidad con Dios y no quemándote en el lago de fuego, pídele a Jesucristo que entre a tu vida.  No te rechazará. En voz alta y en fe órale la siguiente oración a Dios:  “Dios Padre, me arrepiento de mis pecados.  Por favor, perdóname.  Creo y confieso que Jesucristo sufrió, murió en la cruz y  resucitó al tercer día para que yo tuviera salvación. Le pido a Jesucristo que sea mi Señor y Salvador, y al Espíritu Santo que viva en mí.  Todo esto te lo pido en el nombre de Jesucristo.  Amén.”

Semanalmente continúa leyendo mi página y mi blog.  Lee la biblia.  Puedes empezar en el Libro de Juan  y luego continuar con el Libro de Mateo.  Asiste a una buena iglesia cristiana donde enseñen directamente de la biblia.  Si haces eso, algún día platicaremos en el cielo. ¡Dios te bendiga!

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WHY DOES MAN NEED GOD?

As all of us well know, there are millions or maybe billions of people who do not believe in God. One of the main reasons is because they feel they are self-sufficient and therefore they do not see a need for God.  They feel they can live by their wits, intelligence and wisdom.  They are correct to a certain point, but what they fail to realize is that to a certain degree God gave every human being a certain amount of intelligence and wits. However many people do not have wisdom and if they have it, it must be in a dormant state.  In James 1:17 the Bible says:  “ 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.”

The question that does arise, however, is why does man need God? It is a valid question and one that many atheists may ask of us.  If we have been a Christian for a long time, the chances are that we have not even thought about it because to us it is an absolute truth, whereas evolution has been debunked many times for obvious reasons. Nevertheless, we should have a response for them.

We need God because He is our creator, Who has the power to give or take away life at any given moment (Genesis 2:7, Job 10:12 and 12:10, John 5:21 & 11:25, Romans 4:17 and 1 John 5:12). God is the only one who has the power to open or close a womb (1 Samuel 1:5, Genesis 17:16 and 18:10 and 21:1).  No human being can do that if it is not God’s will. That is why abortion goes totally against the will of God.  Being what they call “pro choice” is being against God.

Another reason to believe is that all of us are sinners and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23) and because of that we would spend eternity in the lake of fire, but because God is benevolent, merciful and has the power to forgive our sins (Matthew 6:12-14, Mark 27:1, 1 John 2:12 and Psalm 103:3), we can enter heaven as if we had never sinned.  Yes, we deserve punishment, but because God is love (1 John 4:21) He has compassion on us (James 5:11 and Ephesians 2:4).

Every sin is a crime against God and normally we would have to pay for it, but because Jesus Christ shed His blood on the cross for us, He paid for our sins (1 Corinthians 6:20, 2 Peter 2:1, Revelation 5:9 and Acts 20:28).  Our debt has been paid in full by God Himself, but we do not have salvation, unless we receive Jesus Christ in our hearts as our Lord and Savior.  If you have not done it, do it because you do not know when you are going to die.

We should believe in God because through our prayers God can give us victory over any adversary (Matthew 17:21, James 5:15-16 and Philippians 4:6).  He has the power to bring an end to corruption, destruction and anything else that may cause harm to the world or to us.  The course of history can be changed through our prayers.  In a few weeks we (the American voters) are going to elect a new president.  Whoever we elect will have a big influence on the future of our nation – the United States of America.

All of us can contribute to society and leave some type of legacy, but if we really want to leave an eternal one, we have to be good Christians and produce good works.  Jesus tells us that unless we remain attached to the vine, we cannot bear fruit (John 15:1-5).  Jesus is the vine and we are the branches.  No religion is the vine and no religion will get you to heaven, but Jesus will (John 14:6).  The best thing for us to do is to have a personal relationship with Father God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit.

Sooner or later in our lives we come into a situation where we need a miracle or miracles.  The only one who can perform them is God.  Many atheists turn to God when they are about to die and need a miracle.  If they repent in all sincerity God will probably forgive them.  Whoever you may be, do not wait to the last minute to repent because you may not have that opportunity. You may die in an accident or have a spontaneous massive heart attack.

There are many more reasons to believe in God, but I have given you eight of the most obvious ones.  Share them with others, or if you are an unbeliever, consider them carefully.  You have nothing to lose, but a lot to gain – the salvation of your soul – eternal life with God.

The eight reasons for believing in God are:  1. God is the Creator.  He has the power to give or take away life.  2. All of us are sinners and fall short of the glory of God.  3. God is the only one who can forgive our sins.  4. Sin is a crime against God, but Jesus has already paid for it.  5. God can give us victory over any enemy if we pray.  6. The course of history can change through our prayers.  7. We can only give good fruit if we stay close to God.  8. God is the only one who can perform a miracle for us.

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¿EL HOMBRE NECESITA A DIOS?

Todos nosotros bien sabemos que hay millones o miles de millones de personas quienes no creen en Dios.  Una de las razones primordiales es que piensan que son autosuficientes y que no necesitan a nadie ni a Dios.  Creen que pueden vivir por su astucia, inteligencia y sabiduría. Hasta cierto punto tienen razón, pero lo que no saben o entienden es que hasta cierto punto Dios le dio a cada ser humano cierta inteligencia, astucia y sabiduría.  Sin embargo, esas personas no tienen sabiduría y si la tienen está en un estado durmiente.   En Santiago 1:17 la biblia dice: “Toda buena dádiva y todo don perfecto desciende de lo alto, del Padre de las luces, en el cual no hay mudanza, ni sombra de variación”

La pregunta que se debe contestar es…¿Por qué el hombre necesita a Dios?  La pregunta es muy válida, y una que los ateos nos pueden preguntar.  Si hemos sido cristianos por largo tiempo, la realidad es que tal vez ni hayamos pensado en eso.  Eso es porque para nosotros la existencia de Dios es una verdad absoluta, y se ha comprobado miles de veces que la evolución es pura fantasía.  Sin embargo debemos tener una respuesta para los ateos.

Necesitamos a Dios porque es nuestro Creador que tiene poder sobre la vida y la muerte (Génesis 2:7, Job 10:12, Juan 12:10, 5:21, 11:25, Romanos 4:17 y 1 Juan 5:12).  Dios es el único quien tiene el poder de abrir o cerrar la matriz (1 Samuel 1:5, Génesis 17:16, 18:10 y 21:1). Ningún ser humano puede hacer eso si no es la voluntad de Dios.  Por eso el aborto va totalmente contra la voluntad de Dios. Si uno está a favor de que la mujer pueda escoger si debe abortar o no, es estar en contra de Dios.

Otra razón por creer es que todos somos pecadores y estamos destituidos de la gloria de Dios (Romanos 3:23), y por esa razón deberíamos pasar la eternidad en el lago de fuego.  Siendo que Dios es benevolente, misericordioso y por ser el Creador,  él tiene el poder de perdonar nuestros pecados (Mateo 6:12-14, Marcos 27:1, 1 Juan 2:12 y Salmo 103:3).  En realidad merecemos ser castigados y pasar la eternidad sufriendo, pero porque Dios es amor (1 Juan 4:21), y tiene compasión con nosotros (Santiago 5:11 y Efesios 2:4) nos perdona, nos limpia del pecado, y nos da la salvación para que podamos entrar al cielo como si jamás  hubiéramos pecado.

Todo pecado es un crimen contra Dios y tendríamos que pagar por él, pero porque Jesucristo vertió su sangre en la cruz, él pagó por nuestros pecados (1 Corintios 6:20, 2 Pedro 2:1, Apocalipsis 5:9 y Hechos 20:28).  Nuestra deuda ha sido pagada en su totalidad por nuestro Señor y Salvador Jesucristo, pero no podemos clamarla a menos que recibamos a Jesucristo en nuestros corazones como nuestro Señor y Salvador.  Si no lo has hecho, hazlo, porque no sabes cuándo morirás.

Debemos creer en Dios, porque por medio de nuestras oraciones Dios puede darnos victoria sobre cualquier adversario (Mateo 17:21, Santiago 5:15-16 y Filipenses 4:6).  Él tiene el poder de terminar la corrupción, la destrucción, y cualquier otra cosa que le pueda causar daño al mundo o a nosotros.  El curso de la historia puede cambiar por medio de nuestras oraciones. Dentro de pocas semanas nosotros los estadounidenses vamos a elegir otro presidente.  La persona a quien elijamos tendrá una influencia grandísima en el futuro de nuestro país – los Estados Unidos de América.

Todos nosotros los cristianos podemos arrimar nuestro granito de arena para mejorar nuestra sociedad y para dejar un buen legado, pero si en realidad deseamos tocar la eternidad debemos producir buenas obras según la voluntad de Dios.  Jesucristo nos dice que a menos que permanezcamos en la vid no podemos producir buen fruto (Juan 15:1-5). Jesucristo es la vid y nosotros somos las ramas.  Ninguna religión es la vid, y ninguna te llevará al cielo, pero Jesucristo, sí (Juan 14:6).  Lo que más te favorecería seria tener una relación personal con Dios Padre, Jesucristo y el Espíritu Santo.

Tarde o temprano necesitamos un milagro o milagros.  El único quien tiene el poder de hacerlos es Dios.   Muchos ateos se arrepienten en la víspera de morir, Dios los perdona y les da salvación.  No importa quién seas, no esperes hasta el último momento antes de arrepentirte, porque no sabes cuándo morirás.  Puedes morir en un accidente o sufrir un infarto mortal.  Sólo Dios sabe.

Hay muchas más razones por creer en Dios, pero ya te he dado ocho de las más obvias.  Compártelas con otros o si eres incrédulo, considéralas cuidadosamente.  No tienes nada que perder y mucho que ganar – la salvación de tu alma – vida eterna con Dios.

Las ocho razones por creer en Dios son:  1.  Dios es el Creador.  Tiene el poder de dar o quitar la vida.  2.  Todos somos pecadores y estamos destituidos de la gloria de Dios.  3.  Dios es el único quien puede perdonar nuestros pecados.  4.  El pecado es un crimen contra Dios, pero Jesús ya ha pagado por él.  5.  Dios nos puede dar victoria sobre cualquier enemigo.  6.  El curso de la historia puede cambiar por medio de nuestras oraciones.  7.  Solamente podemos dar buen fruto si permanecemos en Cristo Jesús.  8.  Dios es el único quien puede hacernos milagros.

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WAIT ON THE LORD

Many times we make the wrong move or the wrong decision because we don’t consult the Lord.  Then there are those other times that we go wrong because we get impatient and do not wait on the Lord.  In other words, the action was correct, but the timing was off.  God has a time and a place for everything that we should do, and we have to be aware of that.

Hosea 12:6

“So you, by the help of your God, return, hold fast to love and justice, and wait continually for your God (the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob).” If you have moved away from God, come back to Him.  If you have never made Jesus Christ your Lord and Savior, do it now.”

Psalm 25:5

“Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation;  for you I wait all the day long.” Since He is the God of our salvation, He knows what is good for us.  We need to wait until He reveals His will to us.

Psalm 37:7

Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices” If others are prospering and you are not, do not worry – your time will come.  Just wait on the Lord!

Psalm 27:14

“ Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord!”The key, of course, is to wait on the Lord.  Do not get ahead of Him.

James 5:7-8

Be patient, then, brothers, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer anticipates the precious fruit of the soil as he patiently awaits the fall and spring rains. You too, be patient and strengthen your hearts, because the Lord’s coming is near.…” This scripture is talking about the Rapture  and  the Second Coming of the Lord.  All the signs that the Bible says would happen before Jesus’ coming back for us have happened.  He could come at any moment, but the real question is not when He is coming, but rather…are you ready? hhhhhhh

Hebrews 9:28

“So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.”  Yes, Jesus is coming back for His children – the Christians.  Have you accepted Him as your Lord and Savior?  If you have, wait patiently for His return. If you have not, it would behoove you to do so.

Psalm 33:20-21

“Our soul waits for the Lord; He is our help and our shield. For our heart is glad in him, because we trust in his holy name.” We should be waiting for His return every single day of our lives. We do not want to stay behind.  We want to go to heaven with Him.

There are many divorces because instead of waiting on the Lord the person married the first one who came along.  Many people are miserable at their jobs because they took the first job that was offered to them instead of waiting for the one God had for them.  Others moved from one place to another and now are paying the consequences.  They never live at the right place because they don’t wait on the Lord.

Before making any decision that will have consequences either positive or negative, it is wise to ask for advice from knowledgeable people, foresee the consequences, weigh the pros and cons and pray to God earnestly.  You can ask Him to open all the doors for you if it is the correct thing to do, or to close all the doors if it is not His will or if it is not in your best interest.  Don’t make hasty or rash decisions.  Wait on the Lord!

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E S P E R A    E N   D I O S

Muchas veces damos el paso erróneo o tomamos la decisión equivocada, porque no consultamos a Dios.  También ocurren las ocasiones cuando nos impacientamos y no esperamos en el Señor.  En otras palabras, la acción podía haber sido correcta, pero no fue hecha a su debido tiempo.  Dios tiene su tiempo y lugar para todo.  No debemos adelantarnos ni retrasarnos de su voluntad.

Oseas 12:6

“Tú, pues, vuélvete a tu Dios; guarda misericordia y juicio, y en tu Dios confía siempre.” Confía en Dios y espera que te responda la oración.  Si te has alejado de Dios, acércate a él de nuevo. Si no le has pedido que sea tu Señor y Salvador, hazlo para que tengas salvación.

Salmo 25:5

“Encamíname en tu verdad, y enséñame, porque tú eres el Dios de mi salvación; En ti he esperado todo el día.” Siendo que él es el Dios de nuestra salvación, él sabe lo que es bueno para nosotros.  Debemos esperar para que nos lo revele.

Salmo 37:7

“Guarda silencio ante Jehová, y espera en él.  No te alteres con motivo del que prospera en su camino,
por el hombre que hace maldades.”  Si otros están prosperando y tú no, no te mortifiques – ya llegará tu día.  Simplemente espera en el Señor.

Salmo 27:14

“Aguarda a Jehová;  Esfuérzate, y aliéntese tu corazón;  Sí, espera a Jehová.”  La clave para triunfar es esperar en el Señor. ¡No te le adelantes!

Santiago 5:7-8

 Por tanto, hermanos, tengan paciencia hasta la venida del Señor. Miren cómo el labrador espera el precioso fruto de la tierra, aguardando con paciencia hasta que reciba la lluvia temprana y la tardía. Tengan también ustedes paciencia, y afirmen sus corazones; porque la venida del Señor se acerca.”  La escritura habla del rapto y de la segunda venida de Jesucristo. Todas las señales que la biblia dice que sucederán antes de su venida ya han ocurrido.  Puede regresar a cualquier momento, pero la pregunta es…¿Estás listo?

Hebreos 9:28

“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.” Sí, Jesucristo va a volver por sus hijos – los cristianos.  ¿Lo has aceptado como tu Señor y Salvador?  Si lo has hecho, espéralo pacientemente, pero si no lo has hecho, sería bueno que lo hicieras en este momento, porque no sabes cuándo vas a morir e irás al infierno si no estás en él.

Salmo 33:20-21

“Nuestra alma espera a Jehová; Nuestra ayuda y nuestro escudo es él.  Por tanto, en él se alegrará nuestro corazón, porque en su santo nombre hemos confiado.”  Debemos estar esperando su segunda venida día tras día.  No queremos quedarnos para sufrir.  Deseamos irnos con él al cielo.

Hay muchos divorcios, porque en vez de esperar por la pareja que Dios les tiene, se casan con la primera persona que conocen.  Muchos están descontentos en su trabajo, porque aceptan el primer empleo que les ofrecen.  No esperan por uno que sea de su agrado y que Dios tiene especialmente para ellos.  Otros se mudan de lugar en lugar y nunca están contentos.

Antes de que hagas cualquier decisión de importancia, es bueno que pidas consejos de gente que tenga buen conocimiento sobre ese asunto, que pienses en las consecuencias, que midas los pros y los contras, y que le ores a Dios.  Le puedes pedir que si es la decisión correcta que te abra todas las puertas, pero que si es la decisión incorrecta que te cierre todas las puertas.  No hagas decisiones espontáneas.  Siempre… ¡espera en el Señor!

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SOWING AND REAPING

Probably the very first principle that man learned was “the principle of sowing and reaping.” The ones who learned it first were Adam and Eve.  They sowed disobedience and God cast them out of the garden of Eden.  We harvest what we plant.  It can be good or it can be bad.  It is entirely up to us.

Genesis 3:23-24

“Therefore the Lord God sent him (Adam and Eve) out of the garden of Eden to till the ground from which he was taken. So He drove out the man; and He placed cherubim at the east of the garden of Eden, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the way to the tree of life.” God was so displeased with Adam and Eve for sowing disobedience that not only did He drive them out of the garden of Eden, but He placed an angel with a sword to make sure they could not come back in.

Genesis 8:22

“While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, and day and night shall not cease.” By God’s own words the principle of seedtime and harvest time was firmly  established.  What we sow we will reap. If we sow love, we will reap love, but if we sow hate, we will reap hate.  What are you sowing? 

2 Corinthians 9:6-7

“But this I (the apostle Paul) 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.” Just as a farmer only harvests what he plants and how much of it, we harvest what we plant and how much of it. What and how much of it are you sowing?

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.” The emphasis is on two things: depending on how much we give, that’s how much we will receive. If we give a little bit, we will receive a little bit, and if we give a lot, we will receive a lot.  It all depends on us.

Matthew 7:12

“Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.” All of us know this scripture as “the golden rule.”  In other words, we should do unto others as we would want them to do unto us.” We will reap whatever we sow.

Matthew 13:3-9

“Behold, a sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds came and devoured them. Some fell on stony places, where they did not have much earth; and they immediately sprang up because they had no depth of earth. But when the sun was up they were scorched, and because they had no root they withered away. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up and choked them. But others fell on good ground and yielded a crop: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!” The seed, of course, is the word of God, and the soil is our heart.  In what condition is your spiritual heart?

Just about everything you do can become a seed to plant.  It can be a smile, a shake of somebody’s hand, doing a favor, giving advice, helping in time of need, evangelizing, giving somebody an opportunity, forgiving someone, giving somebody hope, letting someone lean on your shoulder, being a good listener, letting people know you care for them and so on.  Of course all of the above are positive actions.  I will not  mention the negative ones.

We have to be very careful where we sow.  This applies to everything in life.  A few examples:  We have to be careful how, where  and with whom we invest our time, our money, our talents and so on.  We have to give it careful consideration as to what to invest, how much of it to invest, where to invest it and when is the right time to invest it.

If you were not aware of the principle of sowing and reaping, you are now.  Put it to work in a positive manner and this world will be a better place because of it.

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SIEMBRA Y COSECHA

Lo más probable es que el primer principio que el hombre aprendió fue el de “sembrar y cosechar.” Los que lo aprendieron primero fueron Adán y Eva.  Sembraron desobediencia y cosecharon la expulsión del jardín del Edén.  Cosechamos lo que sembramos. Puede ser bueno o malo.  Todo depende totalmente de nosotros.

Génesis 3:23-24

“Y lo sacó Jehová (a Adán) del huerto del Edén, para que labrara la tierra de que fue tomado. Echó, pues, fuera al hombre, y puso al oriente del huerto de Edén querubines, y una espada encendida que se revolvía por todos lados, para guardar el camino del árbol de la vida.” Dios estaba tan enojado con Adán y Eva por su desobediencia que no solamente los echó fuera del jardín del Edén, sino que también puso ángeles para asegurarse que no pudieran volver.  Plantaron desobediencia y cosecharon las consecuencias.

Génesis 8:22

“Mientras la tierra permanezca, no cesarán la siembra y la cosecha, el frío y el calor, el verano y el invierno, y el día y la noche.” Por las propias palabras de Dios el principio de “la siembra y la cosecha” fue establecido.  Lo que sembremos eso cosechemos.  Si sembramos amor, cosechamos amor, pero si sembramos odio, cosechamos odio.  ¿Qué estás sembrando?

2 Corintios 9:6-7

 Pero esto digo: El que siembra escasamente, también cosechará 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.”  Igualmente como el granjero cosecha solamente lo que siembra y la cantidad depende de cuanta semilla haya sembrado, nosotros cosechamos proporcionalmente a la semilla que sembramos.  ¿Qué estás sembrando y cuanta semilla estás utilizando?

Lucas 6:38

“Da, y se te dará; medida buena, apretada, remecida y rebosando darán en tu regazo; porque con la misma medida con que mides, te volverán a medir.” El énfasis está en dos cosas: Depende en cuanto des así recibirás.  Si das poquito recibirás poquito, y si das bastante recibirás bastante.  Con la misma medida que tú des se te dará.  Según siembres recibirás.

Mateo 7:12

Así que, todas las cosas que quieras que los hombres hagan contigo, así también hazlas tú con ellos; porque esto es la ley y los profetas.”  Todos conocemos esa escritura como “la regla dorada.”  En otras palabras debemos tratar al prójimo como queremos ser tratados.  Siempre se cosecha lo que se siembra.

Mateo 13:3-9

“Y (Jesucristo) les habló muchas cosas por parábolas, diciendo: He aquí, el sembrador salió a sembrar. Y mientras sembraba, parte de la semilla cayó junto al camino; y vinieron las aves y la comieron.  Parte cayó en pedregales, donde no había mucha tierra; y brotó pronto, porque no tenía profundidad de tierra; pero salido el sol, se quemó; y porque no tenía raíz, se secó.  Y parte cayó entre espinos; y los espinos crecieron, y la ahogaron.  Pero parte cayó en buena tierra, y dio fruto, cuál a ciento, cuál a sesenta, y cuál a treinta por uno. El que tiene oídos para oír, oiga.” La semilla es la palabra de Dios, y la tierra es nuestros corazones.  ¿En qué condición se encuentra tu corazón?

Casi todo lo que hagas puede convertirse en semilla para sembrar.  Puede ser una sonrisa, darle a alguien la mano, hacer un favor, dar consejos, ayudarle a alguien cuando necesita ayuda, evangelizar, darle a alguien una oportunidad, perdonar, darle a alguien esperanzas, escuchar al que lo necesita, decirle a la gente que uno la estima, y de muchas más maneras.  Todo lo mencionado son cosas positivas, y no voy a mencionar las negativas.

Tenemos que tener mucho cuidado donde sembramos. Esto le aplica a todo en la vida. Algunos ejemplos:  Tenemos que cuidarnos en que, con quien, para que, donde y cuando invertimos nuestro tiempo, dinero, talentos y recursos.  Debemos darle mucha consideración a que invertimos, cuanto invertir, donde invertirlo, y cuando es el tiempo correcto para hacerlo.

Si no te habías percatado del principio de sembrar y cosechar, ahora ya sabes.  Ponlo a funcionar en una manera positiva, y arrimarás tu granito de arena para mejorar el mundo.

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DO NOT LEAN ON YOUR OWN UNDERSTANDING

Many of us fail or go through difficult times because we lean on our own understanding.  Some of us fail to seek advice from professionals in the field or from experienced people who have gone through those experiences before and have come out better for it.

For whatever the reason sometimes the last two sources, which actually should be the first ones,  are our parents and the word of God.  Both of those can make a tremendous difference in how we deal with difficult situations.  Our parents have years of experience and the word of God is infallible.

Isaiah 55:8-9

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”

The main reason why we should not lean on our own understanding, but on God’s is because His understanding is much higher than ours.  He is everywhere at once (Omnipresent),  He sees and hears everything that happens, He knows everything there is to know (Omniscient) about everything, and He has power over everything that exists (Omnipotent).  It would behoove us to consult Him before making any decision.

Proverbs 2:1-7

“My son, if you receive my words, and treasure my commands within you, so that you incline your ear to wisdom, And apply your heart to understanding; Yes, if you cry out for discernment, and lift up your voice for understanding, if you seek her (wisdom) as silver, and search for her as for hidden treasures; Then you will understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God. For the Lord gives wisdom; From His mouth come knowledge and understanding; He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk uprightly.”

The way we can live our lives to the fullest is by seeking wisdom from God.  If we live by His wisdom we will be doing His will every single day of our lives and His blessings will come to us.

Psalm 111:10

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding.  To him belongs eternal praise.”

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom because without it we don’t acknowledge that we need Him and without that we don’t have salvation. A person cannot be wise if he winds up spending eternity suffering in the lake of fire.  If we lean on our own understanding, not acknowledging God’s existence or His importance, God and Christians can actually say that  denying God’s existence is our beginning of ignorance.

Proverb 3:5-6

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”

This scripture puts the last nail on the coffin.  You should have no doubts or questions after reading it.  It has four points: 1. Trust in the Lord Jesus with undoubting faith.  Without faith, it is impossible to please Him (Hebrews 11:6).  2. Lean not on your own understanding. You are limited, but God is not.  3. Submit to God. Live a holy life according to the Bible.  4. God will make your paths straight. If you have failed before, God will forgive you and help you do a lot better.

You probably have trusted people and they have let you down.  So now you may be afraid to trust.  Trust God!  He will not disillusion you as people have.  He is at the door knocking at your heart (Revelation 3:20).  All you have to do is let Him in.  Pray the following prayer to Him and He will come in:  “Father God, I repent of all my sins.  Please forgive me.  I believe and confess that Jesus, Your Son, suffered, died on the cross and resurrected on the third day to give me salvation.  I receive Him in my heart as my Lord and Savior.  I also ask You to activate the Holy Spirit within me, so He can accompany me, bless me, protect me and guide me.  Thank You, Father. Amen.”

Lean not on your own understanding and God will begin to work in your life in various ways. With Him everything is possible (Mark 10:27).  If you believe everything will be possible for you (Mark 9:23).  God bless you!

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NO CONFÍES EN TU PROPIO ENTENDIMIENTO

Muchos de nosotros pasamos por tiempos difíciles porque confiamos en nuestro propio entendimiento. Algunos no recibimos consejos de consejeros profesionales ni de personas quienes han pasado por esas experiencias y aprendido de ellas.

Por la razón que sea, a veces los últimos dos recursos a los que acudimos, que en realidad deberían ser los primeros, son nuestros padres y la palabra de Dios. Ambos recursos pueden hacer una gran diferencia en como solucionamos nuestros problemas.  Nuestros padres tienen años de experiencia y la palabra de Dios es infalible.

Isaías 55:8-9

“Porque mis pensamientos no son sus pensamientos, ni sus caminos mis caminos, dijo Jehová. Como son más altos los cielos que la tierra, así son mis caminos más altos que sus caminos, y mis pensamientos son más altos que sus pensamientos.”

La razón principal por la cual no debemos confiar en nuestro entendimiento, sino en el de Dios, es porque su entendimiento es mucho más alto que el nuestro.  Él está dondequiera al mismo tiempo (Omnipresente), ve y oye todo lo que está ocurriendo,  sabe todo sobre todo (Omnisciente), y tiene el poder sobre todo lo que existe (Omnipotente). Nos ayudaría muchísimo si lo consultáramos antes de hacer cualquier decisión.

Proverbio 2:1-7

“Hijo mío, si recibes mis palabras, y mis mandamientos guardados dentro de ti, haciendo estar atento tu oído a la sabiduría; si inclinas tu corazón a la prudencia, si clamas a la inteligencia, y a la prudencia le das tu voz; si como a la plata la buscas, y la escudriñas como a tesoros, entonces entenderás el temor de Jehová y hallarás el conocimiento de Dios. Porque Jehová da la sabiduría, y de su boca viene el conocimiento y la inteligencia. Él provee de sana sabiduría a los rectos; es escudo a los que caminan rectamente.”

De la manera que podemos vivir nuestras vidas a lo máximo es buscando la sabiduría de Dios.  Si vivimos por medio de su sabiduría, automáticamente vamos a hacer su voluntad, y sus bendiciones nos llegarán.

Salmo 111:10

“El principio de la sabiduría es el temor de Jehová; Buen entendimiento tienen todos los que practican sus mandamientos; Su loor permanece para siempre.”

El temor de Dios es el comienzo de la sabiduría, porque sin ese temor no reconocemos que lo necesitamos a él, y eso nos lleva a la destrucción. Una persona no tiene sabiduría si pasa la eternidad sufriendo en el lago de fuego.  Si confiamos en nuestro entendimiento sin admitir la existencia de Dios ni su importancia, Dios y los cristianos pueden decir que el comienzo de nuestra ignorancia es negar la supremacía de Dios.

Proverbio 3:5-6

“Fíate de Jehová de todo tu corazón, y no te apoyes en tu propia prudencia. Reconócelo en todos tus caminos, y él enderezará tus veredas.” Otra manera de decir lo mismo sería:  “Confía en el Señor con todo tu corazón, y no confíes en tu propio entendimiento; sométete a él en todos tus caminos, y él enderezará tus veredas.”

Después de leer esta escritura no debes  tener dudas.  Tiene cuatro puntos:  1. Confía en Jesucristo sin tener dudas, porque sin fe es imposible agradar a Dios (Hebreos 11:6).  2. No confíes en tu propio entendimiento. Tú tienes límites, pero Dios no.  3. Sométete a Dios.  Vive una vida pura según la biblia.  4. Dios enderezará tus caminos.  Si has fracasado antes, Dios te perdonará, y te ayudará para que te vaya mejor.

Lo más probable es que has confiado en personas y te han defraudado, y ahora tienes miedo confiar.  ¡Confía en Dios! Él no te desilusionará como lo han hecho los otros.  Está llamando en la puerta de tu corazón (Apocalipsis 3:20). Todo lo que tienes que hacer es abrirle.  Ora la siguiente oración, y él entrará para estar contigo.  “Dios Padre, me arrepiento de todos mis pecados.  Por favor, perdóname.  Creo y confieso que Jesucristo es tu hijo, que sufrió, murió en la cruz, y resucitó al tercer día para darme salvación.  Lo recibo a él y al Espíritu Santo para que vivan en mí, que me acompañen, me guíen, y me protejan.  ¡Gracias, Padre!  Amén.”

No confíes en tu entendimiento, tu inteligencia ni en tu sabiduría.  Confía en Dios, y él va a comenzar a obrar en tu vida fuertemente.  Con él todo es posible (Marcos 10:27). Y para ti también todo es posible (Marcos 9:23) si tienes fe.  ¡Dios te bendiga!

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JESUS IS COMING WHEN NO ONE EXPECTS HIM

If you read the Bible, you will come to the conclusion that Jesus is coming back to this earth.  There are many scriptures that corroborate that.  He already came once. The next time is called “The Rapture.” He is going to snatch us and take us home with Him. We know He is coming, but nobody really knows when. Ever since He ascended back to heaven, people have been waiting anxiously for His return.

John 14:1-3

 Jesus told His disciples in John 14:1-3 that He would be coming back for them, and of course also for 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.” There is no question that He is coming back for us in what people have called “The Rapture,” but the question remains as to when that will happen.

Mark 13:31-33

In Mark 13:31-33, Jesus said: “ Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away. But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.  Take heed, watch and pray; for you do not know when the time is.” That day and hour refers to when Jesus is coming back for His children – His followers. Jesus made it clear that neither the angels nor He knew when the rapture would take place. Now that He is back in heaven, I am quite sure that He knows when He is coming for us. 

 

Matthew 24:3-14

“Now as He (Jesus) sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?” And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for allthese things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.  For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences,and earthquakes in various places.  All these are the beginning of sorrows. “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.  And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.”

There will be many signs before Jesus’ second coming, but one of the very last ones is that His word will be preached throughout the world.  Because of television, satellites, the Internet and missionaries His gospel is being taught and preached even in the remotest areas. Yes, dear friend, we are the generation that will see Jesus come back.

 

 

 

1 Thessalonians 5:1-4

“But concerning the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need that I should write to you.  For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night.  For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape. But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief.”

The apostle Paul told his followers – the Christians – and he is telling us that no one really knows when Jesus is coming back, but that we should be vigilant and ready.

 

Matthew 24:42-44

“Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming.  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.”

Those are the words of our Lord Jesus.  He is telling us to be ready at all times because we do not know when He is coming for us.  It is written that Jesus is coming back and that will be fulfilled soon.  All the signs are all around us.  However the main point is not when He is coming back, but rather…will we be ready?

The only people who will go with Jesus into eternal life are the ones who have received Him as their Lord and Savior.  If the rapture were to happen this very instant, are you ready?  Have you made Him your Lord and Savior?  If you haven’t, you will stay behind to suffer tremendously on this earth and then when you die or get killed because of the violence that is coming, you will wind up suffering in the lake of fire forever and ever.

If the rapture happens and you don’t want to stay behind or if you don’t want to spend eternity in the lake of fire, repent, ask God to forgive you, and receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.  I you want to do that, read the following prayer several times to yourself.  When you understand it, pray it to God aloud in all sincerity, humility and truthfulness. God will hear you, forgive you and accept you as His son/daughter.  The decision is in your hands. God bless you!

“Father God, I repent of all my sins.  Please forgive me.  I believe and declare that Jesus is Your Son that He suffered, died and resurrected from the dead to pay for my sins. I ask Him to be my Lord and Savior and ask You to allow the Holy Spirit to live in me, so He can accompany me, guide me and protect me. Amen.” If you prayed that prayer rejoice because you will spend eternity with God and not with the devil in the lake of fire.  

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JESUS IS COMING WHEN NO ONE EXPECTS HIM

If you read the Bible, you will come to the conclusion that Jesus is coming back to this earth.  There are many scriptures that corroborate that.  He already came once. The next time is called “The Rapture.” He is going to snatch us and take us home with Him. We know He is coming, but nobody really knows when. Ever since He ascended back to heaven, people have been waiting anxiously for His return.

John 14:1-3

 Jesus told His disciples in John 14:1-3 that He would be coming back for them, and of course also for 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.” There is no question that He is coming back for us in what people have called “The Rapture,” but the question remains as to when that will happen.

Mark 13:31-33

In Mark 13:31-33, Jesus said: “ Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away. But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.  Take heed, watch and pray; for you do not know when the time is.” That day and hour refers to when Jesus is coming back for His children – His followers. Jesus made it clear that neither the angels nor He knew when the rapture would take place. Now that He is back in heaven, I am quite sure that He knows when He is coming for us. 

Matthew 24:3-14

“Now as He (Jesus) sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?” And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for allthese things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.  For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences,and earthquakes in various places.  All these are the beginning of sorrows. “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.  And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.”

There will be many signs before Jesus’ second coming, but one of the very last ones is that His word will be preached throughout the world.  Because of television, satellites, the Internet and missionaries His gospel is being taught and preached even in the remotest areas. Yes, dear friend, we are the generation that will see Jesus come back.

1 Thessalonians 5:1-4

“But concerning the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need that I should write to you.  For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night.  For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape. But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief.”

The apostle Paul told his followers – the Christians – and he is telling us that no one really knows when Jesus is coming back, but that we should be vigilant and ready.

Matthew 24:42-44

“Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming.  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.”

Those are the words of our Lord Jesus.  He is telling us to be ready at all times because we do not know when He is coming for us.  It is written that Jesus is coming back and that will be fulfilled soon.  All the signs are all around us.  However the main point is not when He is coming back, but rather…will we be ready?

The only people who will go with Jesus into eternal life are the ones who have received Him as their Lord and Savior.  If the rapture were to happen this very instant, are you ready?  Have you made Him your Lord and Savior?  If you haven’t, you will stay behind to suffer tremendously on this earth and then when you die or get killed because of the violence that is coming, you will wind up suffering in the lake of fire forever and ever.

If the rapture happens and you don’t want to stay behind or if you don’t want to spend eternity in the lake of fire, repent, ask God to forgive you, and receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.  I you want to do that, read the following prayer several times to yourself.  When you understand it, pray it to God aloud in all sincerity, humility and truthfulness. God will hear you, forgive you and accept you as His son/daughter.  The decision is in your hands. God bless you!

“Father God, I repent of all my sins.  Please forgive me.  I believe and declare that Jesus is Your Son that He suffered, died and resurrected from the dead to pay for my sins. I ask Him to be my Lord and Savior and ask You to allow the Holy Spirit to live in me, so He can accompany me, guide me and protect me. Amen.” If you prayed that prayer rejoice because you will spend eternity with God and not with the devil in the lake of fire.  

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JESUCRISTO VIENE CUANDO NADIE LO ESPERA

Si lees la biblia, llegarás a la conclusión que Jesucristo ya volverá muy pronto.  Hay muchas escrituras que confirman eso. Ya vino la primera vez. A su próxima vez le llamamos “El Rapto.” nos arrebatará de la tierra y nos llevará con él.  Sabemos que viene, pero nadie sabe cuándo.  Desde que ascendió al cielo la gente ha estado esperándolo ansiosamente.

Juan 14:1-3

Jesús les dijo a sus discípulos en San Juan 14:1-3 que él vendría por ellos, y claro también por nosotros. “No se turbe su corazón; crean en Dios, crean también en mí. En la casa de mi Padre muchas moradas hay; si así no fuera, yo se lo hubiera dicho; voy, pues, a preparar lugar para ustedes. Y si me voy y les preparo lugar, vendré otra vez, y los tomaré a mí mismo, para que donde yo estoy, ustedes también estén.” No queda la menor duda que Jesucristo volverá por nosotros en lo que le llaman “el rapto,” pero la pregunta es… ¿cuándo será eso?

Marcos 13:31-33

En Marcos 13:31-33, Jesús dijo: “El cielo y la tierra pasarán, pero mis palabras no pasarán. Pero de aquel día y de la hora nadie sabe, ni aun los ángeles que están en el cielo, ni el Hijo, sino el Padre. Miren, velen y oren; porque no saben cuándo será el tiempo.” De aquel día y de la hora se refiere a cuando Jesucristo vendrá por sus seguidores – los cristianos.  Él nos afirmó claramente que nadie sabe cuando eso sucederá.  Ahora que él ha regresado a su trono celestial, estoy seguro que él sí sabe cuándo es su próxima venida.

Mateo 24:3-14

“Y estando él (Jesucristo) sentado en el monte de los Olivos, los discípulos se le acercaron aparte, diciendo: Dinos, ¿cuándo serán estas cosas, y qué señal habrá de tu venida, y del fin del siglo? Respondiendo Jesús, les dijo: Miren que nadie los engañe. Porque vendrán muchos en mi nombre, diciendo: Yo soy el Cristo; y a muchos engañarán. Y oirán de guerras y rumores de guerras; miren que no los turben, porque es necesario que todo esto acontezca; pero aún no es el fin. Porque se levantará nación contra nación, y reino contra reino; y habrá pestes, y hambres, y terremotos en diferentes lugares. Y todo esto será principio de dolores. Entonces los entregarán a tribulación, y los matarán, y serán aborrecidos de todas las gentes por causa de mi nombre. Muchos tropezarán entonces, y se entregarán unos a otros, y unos a otros se aborrecerán. Y muchos falsos profetas se levantarán, y engañarán a muchos; y por haberse multiplicado la maldad, el amor de muchos se enfriará. Mas el que persevere hasta el fin, éste será salvo. Y será predicado este evangelio del reino en todo el mundo, para testimonio a todas las naciones; y entonces vendrá el fin.”

Habrá muchas señales antes que vuelva Jesucristo, pero una de las últimas es que su palabra se enseñará y se predicará por todo el mundo.  Por medio de la televisión, los satélites, el internet

y los misioneros el evangelio se está promulgando hasta en las áreas más remotas del mundo. Créelo o no, somos la generación que va a presenciar la segunda venida de Jesucristo.

1 Tesalonicenses 5:1-4

“Pero acerca de los tiempos y de las ocasiones, no tienen necesidad, hermanos, de que yo les escriba. Porque ustedes saben perfectamente que el día del Señor vendrá así como ladrón en la noche;  que cuando digan: Paz y seguridad, entonces vendrá sobre ellos destrucción repentina, como los dolores a la mujer encinta, y no escaparán.  Mas ustedes, hermanos, no estén en tinieblas, para que aquel día los sorprenda como ladrón.”

El apóstol Pablo les dijo a sus seguidores – los cristianos – y nos dice a nosotros también que nadie sabe de seguro cuando será la segunda venida de Jesucristo, pero debemos vigilar y estar preparados porque puede suceder en cualquier momento.

Mateo 24:42-44

“Velen, pues, porque no saben a qué hora ha de venir su Señor.  Pero sepan esto, que si el padre de familia supiera a qué hora el ladrón habría de venir, velaría, y no dejaría minar su casa. Por tanto, también ustedes estén preparados; porque el Hijo del Hombre vendrá a la hora que no piensan.”

Esas son las palabras de Jesucristo.  Nos dice que estemos preparados a todo momento, porque no sabemos a qué hora vendrá.  Está escrito que Cristo volverá, y eso se cumplirá muy pronto. Todas las señales lo indican.  Sin embargo, lo más importante no es cuando sea ese momento, sino …¿estaremos preparados?

Las únicas personas que se irán con Jesucristo en el rapto son las que lo han recibido como su Señor y Salvador.  Si el rapto ocurriera en este instante, ¿estarías listo?  ¿Le has pedido que sea tu Señor y Salvador? Si no lo has hecho te quedarás para sufrir la violencia venidera aquí en la tierra, y pasarás la eternidad sufriendo en el lago de fuego con el diablo, sus demonios y con todos los incrédulos.

Si no quieres quedarte cuando ocurra el rapto, o si no deseas pasar la eternidad en el lago de fuego, arrepiéntete, pídele a Dios que te perdone, y recibe a Jesucristo como tu Señor y Salvador. Si quieres hacerlo, lee la siguiente oración varias veces.  Cuando la entiendas y la creas, órasela a Dios en voz alta en humildad y sinceridad. Te oirá y te convertirás en su hijo/a. La decisión está en tus manos.  “Dios Padre, me arrepiento de mis pecados.  Perdóname y cúbreme con la sangre de Jesucristo.  Creo y confieso que él es tu hijo, que sufrió, murió y resucitó al tercer día para pagar por mis pecados. Lo acepto como mi Señor y Salvador, y te pido que permitas que el Espíritu Santo viva en mí para que me acompañe, me guíe y me proteja. Amén.” Si oraste esa oración y permaneces en Dios, regocíjate porque pasarás la eternidad con Dios.

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GOD NEVER CHANGES

Sometimes it seems that the only thing we can count on for sure is change. Change is constantly changing all around us. However there is one entity that does not change and that, of course, is God.  If, for whatever reason, He were to change, He would not be God.  The devil changed and as a result He was cast out of heaven.  Adam and Eve changed and they were cast out of the garden of Eden.

Genesis 1:1-3

God did not have a beginning and He will have no end.  We live in time, but He is in His own dimension where time does not exist. In Genesis 1:1-3, the Bible says: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.”

When God created the earth and everything in it, time begin to exist for this planet and for everything and everyone in it.

John 1:1-3

“In the beginning was the Word (Jesus Christ), and the Word (Jesus) was with God, and the Word (Jesus) 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 phrase “In the beginning” refers to the beginning of time as we know it.  God is a spirit and He lives in a spiritual world, but “in the beginning” He created the physical world as we know it from out of nothing. After the world became inhabitable He created all sorts of life.  That, of course, includes you and me.

Hebrews 13:8

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.”

Temporal things can change, but God cannot change because He is an eternal being living by His own set of divine rules, which He Himself cannot break or change. Because He is love (1 John 4:8), He does not condemn us, but He does judge us. We condemn ourselves because we don’t follow His rules. The same thing happens here on earth.  If we are driving recklessly and we have to go to court for it, the judge does not condemn us, but he upholds the law by judging us and we wind up paying a fine or, in some cases, going to jail. It’s not the judges fault; it is ours.

Genesis 6:5-8

“Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. So the Lord said, “I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth, both man and beast, creeping thing and birds of the air, for I am sorry that I have made them.” But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.”

God told Noah to make the ark, so He could save the human race and also the animals He had created. Because God does not change and because men were completely disobeying His principles, He judged them by flooding the world.  They brought it upon themselves.

God Provides Salvation

Because God never changes, His principles will never ever change and because all of us sin, we are constantly condemning ourselves.  The logical thing would be for us to pay for our sins by spending eternity in the lake of fire, but because God is love, compassionate and merciful, He made a way for us to be redeemed.  The Redeemer came in the person of Jesus Christ. He suffered and died on the cross to pay for our sins.  We have to do our part and that is to repent, confess our sins to God (not necessarily to men), ask God to forgive us, and receive Jesus Christ in our hearts as our Lord and Savior.  1 John 1:9 – “ If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” I believe this scripture explains it quite well.

If you have no idea how to become a son/daughter of God, read the prayer below several times, and when you truly understand it, pray it to God aloud in all sincerity.  God will receive it and, of course, He will also receive you.

“Father God, I repent of all my sins.  I confess them to You now.  I ask You to forgive me. I believe and confess that Jesus Christ suffered, died and resurrected on the third day, so I could be saved.  I receive Him into my heart as my Lord and Savior and I also ask the Holy Spirit to live in me, so He can guide and protect me. Amen.”

You are now a son/daughter of God.  Find a good born-again Christian church where the pastor teaches directly from the Bible.  Make some friends there and enjoy life.  God bless you!

rlsalvation@sbcglobal.net  rlsalvation@gmail.com  9/22/16

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DIOS NUNCA CAMBIA

A veces parece que lo único en que podemos contar es el cambio. Hay cambio constantemente todo alrededor de nosotros.  Sin embargo hay una entidad que jamás cambia, y esa entidad, desde luego, es Dios. Si, por la razón que fuera, él cambiara dejaría de ser Dios.  El diablo dejó de ser un ángel de luz, y Dios lo expulsó del cielo.  Adán y Eva cambiaron lo divino por lo terrenal, y Dios los desterró del jardín del Edén.

Génesis 1:1-3

Dios no tuvo comienzo, y no tendrá fin. Nosotros vivimos limitados por el tiempo y el espacio, pero Dios vive en su propia dimensión sin límites.  En Génesis 1:1-3, la biblia dice: “En el principio creó Dios los cielos y la tierra. Y la tierra estaba desordenada y vacía, y las tinieblas estaban sobre la faz del abismo, y el Espíritu de Dios se movía sobre la faz de las aguas. Y dijo Dios: Sea la luz; y fue la luz.”

Cuando Dios creó el planeta tierra y todo lo que existe en él, el tiempo comenzó a existir para la tierra y para todo y todos los que existen en ella.

Juan 1:1-3

“En el principio era el Verbo (Jesucristo), y el Verbo (Jesús) era con Dios, y el Verbo (Jesús) era Dios. Éste 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.”

La frase “En el principio” se refiere al principio del tiempo como lo conocemos.  Dios es espíritu, y él vive en un mundo espiritual fuera del tiempo, pero “en el principio” él creó de la nada todo lo que físicamente existe. Cuando el mundo pudo ser habitable, él creó toda clase de vida. Eso nos incluye a ti y a mí.

Hebrews 13:8

“Jesucristo es el mismo ayer, y hoy, y por los siglos.”

Lo temporal cambia, pero Dios no puede cambiar, porque es un ser eterno quien vive por sus propios principios los cuales él mismo no puede cambiar ni romper.  Porque él es amor (1 Juan 4:8), no nos condena, pero sí nos juzga.  Nos condenamos nosotros mismos, porque no obedecemos sus principios.  Lo mismo nos ocurre aquí en la tierra a todos. Si conducimos imprudentemente, tenemos que ir a la corte. El juez no nos condena, pero sí nos juzga, y tenemos que pagar la multa, y en algunos casos hasta podemos ser encarcelados. No es la culpa del juez – es la nuestra por desobedecer la ley.

Génesis 6:5-8

“Y vio Jehová que la maldad de los hombres era mucha en la tierra, y que todo designio de los pensamientos del corazón de ellos era de continuo solamente el mal. Y se arrepintió Jehová de haber hecho hombre en la tierra, y le dolió en su corazón. Y dijo Jehová: Raeré de sobre la faz de la tierra a los hombres que he creado, desde el hombre hasta la bestia, y hasta el reptil y las aves del cielo; pues me arrepiento de haberlos hecho.  Pero Noé halló gracia ante los ojos de Jehová.”

Dios le dijo a Noé que construyera el arca para poder salvar la raza humana y todos los animales que él había creado.  Dios no cambia, y porque la humanidad estaba completamente desobedeciendo sus principios, los juzgó  con el diluvio. Ellos mismos se lo buscaron.

Dios Provee Salvación Para Todos

Porque Dios nunca cambia, sus principios jamás cambiarán, y porque pecamos continuamente nos condenamos nosotros mismos.  Lo más lógico sería que tuviéramos que pagar por nuestros pecados sufriendo en el lago de fuego eternamente.  Siendo que Dios es amor, compasivo y misericordioso, él nos da la oportunidad de ser redimidos.  El Redentor vino en la persona de Jesucristo.  Él sufrió, murió para pagar por nuestros pecados en la cruz.  Resucitó al tercer día para darnos salvación, la cual es gratuita, pero no es automática.  Nosotros tenemos que hacer nuestra parte la cual incluye arrepentirnos, pedirle perdón a Dios, dejar de participar en ese pecado, y recibir a Jesucristo como nuestro Señor y Salvador.  1 Juan 1:9 – “Si confesamos nuestros pecados, él (Dios) es fiel y justo para perdonar nuestros pecados, y limpiarnos de toda maldad.” Esta escritura lo explica bastante bien.

Si no tienes la menor idea como convertirte en hijo/a de Dios, lee la siguiente oración varias veces, y cuando, en realidad, la entiendas, órasela a Dios en voz alta en sinceridad y humildad. Dios te oirá; la aceptará y te aceptará a ti como su hijo/a.

“Dios Padre, me arrepiento y confieso mis pecados. Te pido que me perdones. Yo creo y confieso que Jesucristo es tu Hijo, que sufrió y murió en la cruz para pagar por mis pecados.  Resucitó al tercer día y está a tu lado derecho haciendo intercesión por mí. Le pido también al Espíritu Santo que viva en mí para que me acompañe, me cuide, me aconseje, me guíe y me proteja. Amén.”

Ahora eres hijo/a de Dios. Encuentra una buena iglesia cristiana donde enseñen la palabra de Dios directamente de la biblia.  Hazte amigo y hermano en Cristo de algunos de los miembros para que te ayuden a gozar de la vida cristiana.  ¡Dios te bendiga!

rlsalvation@sbcglobal.net   rlsalvation@gmail.com  22/09/16

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DO NOT LOSE YOUR FAITH

It is easy to stay in faith when everything is going well, but many times it is a different story when the roof caves in on us.  When that happens many people turn away from God.  They do not understand God’s principle that He makes it rain on the unjust as well as on the just (Matthew 5:45). Besides when we go through difficult situations that’s when we grow spiritually and character wise.

Daniel 3:16-18

Nebuchadnezzar who was the king of Babylon had a gigantic statue of himself erected and everyone had to bow down to it and worship it.  Meshach, Shadrach and Abed-Nego, three Jewish young men who had been brought against their will from Israel, refused to bow down to the statue.  Nebuchadnezzar was infuriated, so he had them brought to him and gave them an ultimatum.  If they would not bow down, they would be thrown into a fiery furnace. Daniel 3:16-18 – “Now if you are ready at the time you hear the sound of the horn, flute, harp, lyre, and psaltery, in symphony with all kinds of music, and you fall down and worship the image which I have made, good! But if you do not worship, you shall be cast immediately into the midst of a burning fiery furnace. And who is the god who will deliver you from my hands?”  Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego answered and said to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter.  If that is the case, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king. But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up.”

The three young men did not lose faith.  They were ready to give up their lives, instead of bowing down to an image.  God hates idolatry (Exodus 20:3-5). Hopefully you are not worshiping anyone or anything other than Jesus Christ (John 14:6).

Daniel 6:16-22

Daniel prayed three times a day to his God, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, which is of course the Creator of heavens and the earth.  King Darius was tricked and coerced into signing a royal statute that for thirty days whoever was found petitioning any god for anything, instead of petitioning him would be thrown into the lions’ den. Daniel did not lose faith nor courage, so he kept praying as usual, and for that reason he was thrown into the lions’ den. Daniel 6:16-22 – “So the king gave the command, and they brought Daniel and cast him into the den of lions. But the king spoke, saying to Daniel, “Your God, whom you serve continually, He will deliver you.” Then a stone was brought and laid on the mouth of the den, and the king sealed it with his own signet ring and with the signets of his lords, that the purpose concerning Daniel might not be changed.” Now the king went to his palace and spent the night fasting; and no musicians were brought before him. Also his sleep went from him. Then the king arose very early in the morning and went in haste to the den of lions.  And when he came to the den, he cried out with a lamenting voice to Daniel. The king spoke, saying to Daniel, “Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to deliver you from the lions?” Then Daniel said to the king, “O king, live forever! My God sent His angel and shut the lions’ mouths, so that they have not hurt me, because I was found innocent before Him; and also, O king, I have done no wrong before you.”

Daniel did not lose faith even when it looked as if he were going to be devoured by the lions.  Do you remain strong when the going gets tough or do you fold like a noodle?

Numbers 14:6-10

When the Israelites were wandering in the desert, God told Moses to choose one man from each tribe to spy out Canaan – the Promised Land – so they could enter it and take it over.  Ten of the spies faltered in faith and told the people that it would be impossible to take control of the land because of the giants who lived there.  Two of the spies, Joshua and Caleb, wanted to go in because they had faith in God.  They knew God would help them.  Instead of taking over the land the Israelites wandered in the desert for forty years. Numbers 14:6-10 – “But Joshua the son of Nun and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, who were among those who had spied out the land, tore their clothes; and they spoke to all the congregation of the children of Israel, saying: “The land we passed through to spy out is an exceedingly good land. If the Lord delights in us, then He will bring us into this land and give it to us, ‘a land which flows with milk and honey.’ Only do not rebel against the Lord, nor fear the people of the land, for they are our bread; their protection has departed from them, and the Lord is with us. Do not fear them.” And all the congregation said to stone them with stones. Now the glory of the Lord appeared in the tabernacle of meeting before all the children of Israel.”

Two spies out of twelve did not lose their faith; the other ones did.  Have you lost your faith because life has been somewhat rough to you?

1 Samuel 17:44-50

The Philistines were at war with the Israelites.  The former had a giant named Goliath who used to challenge and taunt the Israelites every day. Their men of war were afraid of the giant, so no one would fight him.  They had no faith, but David, probably a teenager at the time, heard the insults and agreed to fight the giant because he had faith in the Living God.  1 Samuel 17:44-50 – “ And the Philistine said to David, “Come to me, and I will give your flesh to the birds of the air and the beasts of the field!” Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.  This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you and take your head from you. And this day I will give the carcasses of the camp of the Philistines to the birds of the air and the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel. Then all this assembly shall know that the Lord does not save with sword and spear; for the battle is the Lord’s, and He will give you into our hands.” So it was, when the Philistine arose and came and drew near to meet David, that David hurried and ran toward the army to meet the Philistine. Then David put his hand in his bag and took out a stone; and he slung it and struck the Philistine in his forehead, so that the stone sank into his forehead, and he fell on his face to the earth.  So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone, and struck the Philistine and killed him. But there was no sword in the hand of David.”

Experienced soldiers were afraid and had no faith, but a very young boy full of faith defeated the giant. Maybe there is a giant attacking you.  It could be an illness, a divorce, losing your employment or any other problem that seems too hard for you to handle.  There is hope and that hope is in Jesus Christ. You don’t have a big problem and a little god, but rather a little problem and a big God.  In all sincerity tell God something like this:  “Father God, I’m asking You, in the name of Jesus, to help me because this problem seems too big for me, and I know You can handle it easily.”

Remember:  Don’t give up the ship, don’t throw in the towel and don’t quit.  If you are with God, you are on the winning team.  God bless you!

rlsalvation@sbcglobal.net   rlsalvation@gmail.com  9/15/16

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NO PIERDAS LA FE

Es fácil mantener la fe cuando todo va bien, pero es muy diferente cuando se nos han cerrado todas las puertas.  Cuando eso sucede mucha gente se aleja de Dios. Debería hacer lo opuesto – acercarse más a Dios.  No comprenden el principio de Dios que les llueve a los injustos, pero también a los justos (Mateo 5:45). Además cuando pasamos por tiempos difíciles es cuando crecemos espiritualmente y cuando forjamos nuestro carácter.

Daniel 3:16-18

“Nabucodonosor, quien era el rey de Babilonia, mandó erigir una estatua gigantesca de sí mismo para que la gente se postrara delante de ella y la adorara.  Sadrac, Mesac y Abed-nego, tres judíos jóvenes quienes habían sido traídos de Israel en contra de su voluntad, se negaron adorar la estatua, porque eso insultaría a su Dios (el Dios de Abraham, Isaac e Israel).  El rey se enfureció, y por eso los mandó traer para darles un ultimátum.  Les dijo: “Si no se inclinan delante de la estatua serán echados al horno de fuego ardiente.  Daniel 3:16-18 – “Sadrac, Mesac y Abed-nego le respondieron al rey Nabucodonosor, diciendo: “No es necesario que te respondamos sobre este asunto. He aquí nuestro Dios a quien servimos puede librarnos del horno de fuego ardiendo; y de tu mano, oh rey, nos librará. Y si no, sepas, oh rey, que no serviremos a tus dioses, ni tampoco adoraremos la estatua que has levantado.”

Los tres jóvenes jamás perdieron la fe.  Estaban dispuestos a morir si fuera necesario, pero no adorarían una estatua en lugar de al verdadero Dios.  Dios odia la idolatría (Éxodo 20:3-5). Esperamos que no estés adorando a nadie o a nada aparte de Jesucristo (Juan 14:6), porque si lo estás haciendo, estás insultando a Dios.

Daniel 6:16-22

Daniel le oraba a su Dios, el Creador de los cielos, de la tierra y de todo lo que existe, tres veces al día. Los envidiosos engañaron y coaccionaron al Rey Darío para que firmara un estatuto real que por treinta días nadie pudiera orarle o pedirle a ningún dios, solamente al rey.  Si alguien lo hacía, lo echarían en el foso de los leones. Daniel no perdió la fe ni el valor, continuó orando como de costumbre, y por esa razón lo echaron en el foso de los leones para que lo devoraran.  Daniel 6:16-22 – “Entonces el rey mandó, y trajeron a Daniel, y le echaron en el foso de los leones. Y el rey dijo a Daniel: El Dios tuyo, a quien tú continuamente sirves, él te libre. Y fue traída una piedra y puesta sobre la puerta del foso, la cual selló el rey con su anillo y con el anillo de sus príncipes, para que el acuerdo acerca de Daniel no se alterase. Luego el rey se fue a su palacio, y se acostó ayuno; ni instrumentos de música fueron traídos delante de él, y se le fue el sueño. El rey, pues, se levantó muy de mañana, y fue apresuradamente al foso de los leones. Y acercándose al foso llamó a voces a Daniel con voz triste, y le dijo: Daniel, siervo del Dios viviente, el Dios tuyo, a quien tú continuamente sirves, ¿te ha podido librar de los leones? Entonces Daniel respondió al rey: Oh rey, vive para siempre.  Mi Dios envió su ángel, el cual cerró la boca de los leones, para que no me hiciesen daño, porque ante él fui hallado inocente; y aun delante de ti, oh rey, yo no he hecho nada malo.”

Daniel no perdió la fe aun cuando parecía que lo iban a devorar los leones.  ¿Te mantienes fuerte cuando estás pasando por situaciones difíciles, o te doblas como un fideo? En esos momentos es cuando se sabe si tienes fe o no la tienes.

Números 14:6-10

Cuando los israelitas vagaban por el desierto, Dios le dijo a Moisés que escogiera un hombre de cada de las doce tribus para que fueran a espiar la tierra prometida. A diez de los doce les falló la fe y le dijeron a la gente que sería imposible tomar control de la tierra prometida, porque había gigantes y no los podrían derrotar.  Solamente dos de los espías – Josué y Caleb -  querían entrar inmediatamente, porque tenían fe en Dios, y sabían que Dios les ayudaría derrotar a los gigantes. Por falta de fe, los israelitas vagaron cuarenta años por el desierto. Números 14:6-10 –  “Y Josué hijo de Nun y Caleb hijo de Jefone, que eran de los que habían reconocido la tierra, rompieron sus vestidos,  y hablaron a toda la congregación de los hijos de Israel, diciendo: La tierra por donde pasamos para reconocerla, es tierra en gran manera buena.  Si Jehová se agradare de nosotros, él nos llevará a esta tierra, y nos la entregará; tierra que fluye leche y miel. Por tanto, no sean rebeldes contra Jehová, ni teman al pueblo de esta tierra; porque nosotros los comeremos como pan; su amparo se ha apartado de ellos, y con nosotros está Jehová; no los teman.  Entonces toda la multitud habló de apedrearlos. Pero la gloria de Jehová se mostró en el tabernáculo de reunión a todos los hijos de Israel.”

Solamente dos espías de entre doce no perdieron la fe; los otros sí. ¿Has perdido la fe, porque la vida te ha maltratado? ¡Esperamos que no!

1 Samuel 17:44-50

“Los filisteos les hacían guerra constantemente a los israelitas. Aquellos tenían un gigante llamado Goliat quien retaba y se burlaba de los israelitas todos los días.  Los guerreros de Israel le tenían temor al gigante y nadie le contestaba. No tenían fe, pero David, probablemente todavía adolescente, escuchó los insultos, no los pudo tolerar y como tenía mucha fe en Dios decidió pelear con el gigante. 1 Samuel 17:44-50 – “Dijo luego el filisteo (Goliat) a David: Ven a mí, y daré tu carne a las aves del cielo y a las bestias del campo. Entonces dijo David al filisteo (al gigante): Tú vienes a mí con espada y lanza y jabalina; mas yo vengo a ti en el nombre de Jehová de los ejércitos, el Dios de los escuadrones de Israel, a quien tú has provocado. Jehová te entregará hoy en mi mano, y yo te venceré, y te cortaré la cabeza, y daré hoy los cuerpos de los filisteos a las aves del cielo y a las bestias de la tierra; y toda la tierra sabrá que hay Dios en Israel. Y sabrá toda esta congregación que Jehová no salva con espada y con lanza; porque de Jehová es la batalla, y él te entregará en nuestras manos. Y aconteció que cuando el filisteo se levantó y echó a andar para ir al encuentro de David, David se dio prisa, y corrió a la línea de batalla contra el filisteo. Y metiendo David su mano en la bolsa, tomó de allí una piedra, y la tiró con la honda, e hirió al filisteo en la frente; y la piedra quedó clavada en la frente, y cayó sobre su rostro en tierra. Así venció David al filisteo con honda y piedra; e hirió al filisteo y lo mató, sin tener David espada en su mano.”

Los soldados de experiencia no tenían fe y le temían al gigante, pero un jovencito lleno de fe derrotó al gigante fácilmente.  Tal vez un gigante te esté atacando. Ese gigante puede ser una enfermedad, el divorcio, una pérdida de empleo o cualquier otro problema. Hay esperanza, y esa esperanza es Jesucristo.

No tienes un problema grandísimo y un dios pequeñito, sino tienes un Dios grandísimo y un problemita. En toda sinceridad órale a Dios algo así: “Dios Padre, te pido en el nombre de Jesucristo que me ayudes, porque no puedo con este problema, pero yo sé que tú sí puedes.”

Recuerda:  No abandones el barco, no tires la toalla, y no te des por vencido.  Si estás con Dios, estás en el equipo ganador.  ¡Dios te bendiga!

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WHAT GOD HATES

Most of us know that God is love (1 John 4:8) and because of that we don’t think that He hates certain people or certain things, but He does.  He hated what the devil did and for that reason He had him cast out of heaven (Revelation 12:7-12).  Anything that goes against God’s principles and  will cannot remain in heaven.  Heaven is a perfect place and God will not allow that harmony to be disrupted.

Genesis 3:6-24

The very first sin committed by the devil and by human beings was disobedience.  Because of it God drove the devil out of heaven and for the same reason He drove Adam and Eve out of the garden of Eden.  Genesis 3:24 says:  “So He (God) drove out the man (Adam); and He placed cherubim at the east of the garden of Eden, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the way to the tree of life.” Conclusion:  God hates disobedience.

Exodus 20:3-17

The commandments relating to God tell us what God dislikes and hates.  He hates for us to have other Gods before Him. He hates idolatry or for us to use His name in vain. He is not happy with people who do not keep the Sabbath.  He hates people who dishonor their parents and people who commit murder.  He is offended by us committing adultery, being involved in fornication, prostitution, homosexuality, lesbianism as well as coveting anything our neighbor may have. It is contrary to His principles for us to steal or to give false witness.

Proverb 6:16-19

“These six things the Lord hates, yes, seven are an abomination to Him:  A proud look (false pride), a lying tongue (a liar), hands that shed innocent blood (violent people), a heart that devises wicked plans (a deceiver), feet that are swift in running to evil (trouble makers), a false witness who speaks lies (corrupt people), and one who sows discord among brethren (an instigator).” Do not be involved in any of these seven activities.  If you do, you become an enemy to a loving God.

Ezekiel 18:32

“For I have no pleasure in the death of one who dies,” says the Lord God. “Therefore turn and live.” God is not talking about a physical death, but rather about a spiritual one.  He hates for people to die physically without repenting, because that means they will spend eternity suffering  in the lake of fire.  God’s will is for every single human being to repent and to spend eternity with Him (1 Timothy 2:4).  Have you repented?  Have you asked the Lord Jesus Christ to be your Lord and Savior?

Matthew 18:5-6

“Whoever receives one little child like this in My name receives Me. Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were drowned in the depth of the sea.”  Jesus made it very clear that He and the Father hate child molesters.

Now that you know what God hates, don’t continue doing things that might offend Him. After all, this life is like the wink of an eye.  It will be over before you know it.  I am not an alarmist, but you could be dead within seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months or even a few years. When you will die only God knows.

If you want to spend eternity with God, all you have to do is repent, ask God to forgive you and ask Jesus to be you Lord and Savior.  If you do not know how to do that, read the prayer below several times and when you fully understand it, pray it to God.  He will hear you and will allow you to become one of His chosen ones.  In other words, you will have salvation.

“Father God, I repent of all my sins, and I ask You to forgive me.  I believe and confess aloud that Jesus Christ is Your Son, that He suffered, died and resurrected to pay for my sins.  I claim and receive that sacrifice as I receive Him in my heart as my Lord and Savior.  I ask You to permit the Holy Spirit to live in me, so He can guide and protect me.  Thank You, Father. Amen.”

You are now a child of God.  Find a good born-again Christian church, so you can fellowship with other believers and learn the word of God, which has many good promises for you.

rlsalvation@sbcglobal.net  rlsalvation@gmail.com  September 9, 2016

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LO QUE ODIA DIOS

Muchos de nosotros sabemos que Dios es amor (1 Juan 4:8) y por eso mismo no pensamos que él odia a ciertas personas o a ciertas cosas, pero sí las odia.  Él odiaba lo que hizo el diablo en el cielo, y por eso lo sacó de su presencia (Apocalipsis 12:7-12). Cualquier cosa que vaya contra los principios de Dios y su voluntad no puede permanecer en el cielo.  EL cielo es un lugar perfecto, y Dios jamás permitirá que se rompa esa armonía.

Génesis 3:6-24

EL primer pecado que se cometió por el diablo y por los humanos fue el de la desobediencia. Por eso Dios desterró al diablo del cielo, y por la misma razón desalojó a Adán y Eva del jardín del Edén.  Génesis 3:24 dice: “ Echó (Dios), pues, fuera al hombre (a Adán y Eva), y puso al oriente del huerto de Edén querubines, y una espada encendida que se revolvía por todos lados, para guardar el camino del árbol de la vida.” Conclusión:  Dios odia la desobediencia.

Éxodo 20:3-17

Los mandamientos que conciernen a Dios nos dicen lo que él odia y lo que le disgusta.  Odia que tengamos otros dioses ajenos delante de él.  Odia la idolatría o que usemos su nombre en vano. Le irrita la gente que no mantiene o santifica el día de reposo. Odia a las personas quienes no honran a sus padres y a los que cometen homicidios.  Se ofende cuando participamos en adulterio, fornicación, prostitución, homosexualismo, lesbianismo o codiciamos lo del prójimo. Es contrario a sus principios que robemos o que demos testimonio falso.

Proverbio 6:16-19

“Seis cosas aborrece Jehová, y aun siete abomina su alma: Los ojos altivos (los orgullosos), la lengua mentirosa (los mentirosos), las manos derramadoras de sangre inocente (los violentos),  el corazón que maquina pensamientos inicuos (gente corrupta), los pies presurosos para correr al mal (los revoltosos), el testigo falso que habla mentiras (un engañador), y el que siembra discordia entre hermanos (un instigador).” No te involucres en ninguna de estas siete actividades.  Si lo haces, te haces enemigo de Dios.

Ezequiel 18:32

“Porque no quiero la muerte del que muere, dice Jehová el Señor; conviértete, pues, y vivirás.”

Dios no habla de la muerte física, sino de la muerte espiritual.  Odia que la gente muera físicamente sin haberse arrepentido, porque terminarán sufriendo eternamente en el lago de fuego. La voluntad de Dios es que todos nos arrepintamos y que pasemos toda la eternidad con él (1 Timoteo 2:4).  ¿Te has arrepentido? ¿Le has pedido a Jesucristo que sea tu Señor y Salvador? Si no lo has hecho, puedes hacerlo hoy.

Mateo 18:5-6

 Y cualquiera que reciba en mi nombre a un niño como éste, a mí me recibe. Y cualquiera que haga tropezar a alguno de estos pequeños que creen en mí, mejor le fuera que se le colgara al cuello una piedra de molino de asno, y que se le hundiera en lo profundo del mar.” Jesucristo lo dijo bien claro que él y su Padre odian a los pederastas.

Ahora que ya sabes lo que odia Dios, no continúes haciendo lo que le ofende.  Esta vida se pasa como un abrir y cerrar de ojos.  Cuando menos pienses se llegará tu día. No soy alarmista, pero se te pudiera terminar la vida en un segundo, un minuto, una hora, un día, una semana, un mes, o en unos pocos años.  No tienes la vida garantizada.  Sólo Dios sabe cuándo.

Si quieres pasar la eternidad con dios, lo que tienes que hacer es arrepentirte, pedirle perdón a Dios, y pedirle a Jesucristo que sea tu Señor y Redentor.  Si no sabes cómo hacerlo, lee la siguiente oración varias veces, y cuando la entiendas, órasela a Dios en voz alta. Dios te oirá y te convertirá en su hijo/a.

“Dios Padre, me arrepiento de todos mis pecados, y te pido que me perdones.  Creo y confieso que Jesucristo es tu hijo, que sufrió, murió, y resucitó al tercer día para pagar por mis pecados. Yo recibo su sacrificio y lo acepto como mi Señor y Salvador.  Te pido que permitas que el Espíritu Santo viva en mí para que me guíe y me proteja.  Gracias, Padre.  Amén.”

Ahora eres hijo/a de Dios.  Busca una iglesia cristiana donde enseñen la palabra directamente de la biblia.  Reúnete con otros cristianos para que aprendas más, y para que tengas buenos amigos. Dios tiene muchas excelentes promesas para ti. ¡Dios te bendiga!

rlsalvation@sbcglobal.net   rlsalvation@gmail.com  9 de Septiembre 2016

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THIS LIFE IS A PROCESS

Life Is a Process

No matter how we look at it, this life is a continuous process. The process began in the garden of Eden when God created Adam and Eve in perfection (Genesis 1:26-27).  When Adam and Eve sinned (Genesis 3:6-7), the human race became separated from God. His blessings were no longer on us.

We Are Born Into Sin

Being that sin entered the world through Adam and Eve, all of us are born into sin through no fault of our own.  That is why in Psalm 51:1, the psalmist (King David) wrote:  “Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin my mother conceived me.”  Then in Galatians 3:22, the apostle Paul says:  “But the scripture has confined all under sin, that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe.”

All of Us Sin

Because we are born into sin, all of us sin. There is not one person who does not sin.  For that reason in Romans 3:23, the apostle Paul states:  “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” By the way, that includes you.  Because we sin, we need a Savior, and that’s why Father God sent Jesus to this world to pay for our sins.

We Have To Change Our Thinking

Since we are sinners separated from God, we need to come to Him, but that won’t happen unless we realize that we need to change our way of thinking, which in turn will change our way of living.  The Bible tells us in 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.” In other words, we have to think differently than before. We cannot keep on doing the same things as before and expect different results.

We Have To Repent and Forgive

Once we have changed our way of thinking, we realize that we have done many things wrong.  If we repent, God will forgive us.  He is a forgiving God.  If we don’t forgive others, God will not forgive us.  In Matthew 6:14-15, Jesus Himself tells us:  “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.  But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” Jesus could not have made it any clearer.

You Must Be Born Again

If you have a new way of thinking according to the word of God, have repented, have asked God to forgive you and have forgiven others, then it is time for you to receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.  That process is known as “Born Again.” In John 3:3, Jesus told Nicodemus, one of the religious leaders, the following:  “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

How Do You Become Born Again?

In order to become “born again” you have to confess certain truths.  In Romans 10:9, the apostle Paul explains it this way:  “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.” God does not turn anybody away who repents, asks Him for forgiveness and humbly in all sincerity in a loud voice asks Jesus to be his Lord and Savior.

 

There Is Only One Way To Heaven

Many people think that if they are a nice person that will get them to heaven.  Others think that doing good works will open the pearly gates for them. Then there are those who think that all religions are basically the same and that belonging to one of them will give you salvation.  All of them are wrong.  There is only one way to heaven and His name is Jesus Christ.  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.” Guess what?  There are no exceptions.

A New Creature/A New Creation

Once we have changed our way of thinking, have repented, have forgiven others, have asked God to forgive us and have asked Jesus to be our Lord and Savior, we are no longer who we were, because we are now a new creation.  In 2 Corinthians 5:17, the Bible tells us: “ Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” On the outside we may look the same, but we have changed on the inside. We become a new us.

We Are Now Children of God

Now that we are children of God, He has completely forgiven us, our sins have been blotted out, and we are now heirs with Jesus Christ to the kingdom of our Father. In Romans 8:16-17, Paul says it this way: “The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.”

We Are To Bear Fruit

As children of God, our job is to bear fruit.  We bear fruit when we bring others into the kingdom of God.  In Matthew 28:19-20, Jesus gives us the following command: “ 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.”  In John 15:16, Jesus tells us:  “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.”  The only fruit that remains is whatever we do for the kingdom of God.

Make Treasures In Heaven

God tells us to make treasures in heaven (Matthew 6:19-20).  How can we make treasures there, while we are here? We can by telling people about the plan of salvation, by helping others and by doing the will of God as much as possible.  If we do that, when we get to heaven, we will have treasures there.

rlsalvation@sbcglobal.net   rlsalvation@gmail.com  September 1, 2016

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ESTA VIDA ES UN PROCESO

La Vida Es Un Proceso

No importa como la veamos, esta vida es un proceso continuo.  El proceso se inició en el jardín del Edén cuando Dios creó en perfección a Adán y a Eva (Génesis 1:26-27).  Cuando Adán y Eva pecaron (Génesis 3:6-7), la raza humana se separó de Dios.  Eso fue cuando perdimos sus bendiciones.

Nacemos en Pecado

Siendo que el pecado entró al mundo por medio de Adán y Eva, todos nacemos en pecado sin culpa nuestra.  Por eso en el Salmo 51:1, el salmista (el Rey David) escribió:  “He aquí, en maldad he sido formado, y en pecado me concibió mi madre.” Luego en Gálatas 3:22, el apóstol Pablo nos dice:  “ Mas la Escritura lo encerró todo bajo pecado, para que la promesa que es por la fe en Jesucristo fuese dada a los creyentes.” Todos estamos encerrados bajo el pecado.

Todos Pecamos

Porque nacemos bajo el pecado, todos pecamos.  No existe la persona que no peque.  Por esa razón en Romanos 3:23, el apóstol Pablo declara: “por cuanto todos pecaron, y están destituidos de la gloria de Dios.” A propósito, eso te incluye a ti. Porque pecamos, necesitamos un salvador, y por eso Dios Padre mandó a Jesucristo a pagar por nuestros pecados.

Tenemos Que Cambiar Nuestro Modo de Pensar

Ya que somos pecadores separados de Dios, es menester que vengamos a él, pero no sucederá a menos que nos percatemos que tenemos que cambiar nuestra manera de pensar, que a su vez nos cambia la manera de vivir.  La biblia nos dice en Romanos 12:2 – “No se conformen a este siglo, sino transfórmense por medio de la renovación de su entendimiento, para que comprueben cuál sea la buena voluntad de Dios, agradable y perfecta.” En otras palabras, tenemos que pensar diferente que antes.  No podemos continuar haciendo siempre lo mismo y esperar diferentes resultados.

Tenemos Que Arrepentirnos y Perdonar

Ya que hayamos cambiado nuestra manera de pensar, nos damos cuenta que hemos fallado muchísimo.  Si nos arrepentimos, Dios nos perdona, porque así es él.  Si no perdonamos al prójimo, Dios no nos perdona a nosotros.  En Mateo 6:14-15, Jesucristo nos dice:  “Porque si perdonan a los hombres sus ofensas, los perdonará también a ustedes su Padre celestial;  mas si no perdonan a los hombres sus ofensas, tampoco su Padre les perdonará sus ofensas.” Jesús no dejó ninguna duda sobre el perdón.

Tenemos Que Nacer de Nuevo

Si tenemos una nueva manera de pensar según la palabra de Dios, nos hemos arrepentido, le hemos pedido perdón a Dios, hemos perdonado al prójimo, pues es tiempo que recibamos a Jesucristo como nuestro Señor y Salvador. Este proceso se llama, “nacer de nuevo.” En Juan 3:3,

Jesucristo le dijo a Nicodemo, uno de los líderes religiosos, lo siguiente:  “De cierto, de cierto te digo, que el que no nace de nuevo, no puede ver el reino de Dios.”

¿Cómo Nace Uno de Nuevo?

Para nacer de nuevo tenemos que creer y confesar unas verdades.  En Romanos 10:9, el apóstol Pablo lo explica así: “…que si confiesas con tu boca que Jesús es el Señor, y crees en tu corazón que Dios le levantó de los muertos, serás salvo.” Dios no rechaza a nadie que se haya arrepentido de verdad, que le pida perdón humildemente, y que haya recibido a Jesucristo como su Señor y Redentor.

Solamente Hay Un Camino Al Cielo

Muchas personas creen que si son buenas personas llegarán al cielo.  Otras piensan que sus buenas obras les abrirán los portales del cielo.  También existen las que creen que todas las religiones son buenas y que siendo miembro de una les dará la salvación.  Todas esas personas están equivocadas.  Solamente hay un camino al cielo, y su nombre es Jesucristo.  En Juan 14:6, Jesús nos dice:  “Yo soy el camino, y la verdad, y la vida; nadie viene al Padre, sino por mí.”  ¿Sabes qué? No hay excepciones.

Una Nueva Criatura/Una Nueva Creación

Ya que hayamos cambiado nuestra manera de pensar, nos hayamos arrepentido, hayamos perdonado al prójimo, le hayamos pedido a Dios que nos perdone, y le hayamos pedido a Jesucristo que sea nuestro Señor y Salvador, ya no somos los que éramos, porque ahora somos nuevas creaciones.  En 2 Corintios 5:17, la biblia nos dice: “ De modo que si alguno está en Cristo, nueva criatura es; las cosas viejas pasaron; he aquí todas son hechas nuevas.” Por afuera tal vez nos miremos igual que antes, pero adentro hemos cambiado.  Nos hemos renovado.

Ahora Somos Hijos de Dios

Ahora que somos hijos de Dios, nos ha perdonado completamente, nuestros pecados se han borrado, y somos herederos con Jesucristo al reino de Dios. En Romanos 8:16-17, Pablo lo dice así: “ El Espíritu mismo da testimonio a nuestro espíritu, de que somos hijos de Dios. Y si hijos, también herederos; herederos de Dios y coherederos con Cristo, si es que padecemos juntamente con él, para que juntamente con él seamos glorificados.”

Debemos Dar Fruto

Como hijos de Dios que somos debemos dar fruto.  Damos fruto cuando traemos a otros al reino de Dios. En Mateo 28:19-20, Jesucristo nos da el siguiente mandato: “ Por tanto, vayan, y hagan discípulos a todas las naciones, bautizándolos en el nombre del Padre, y del Hijo, y del Espíritu Santo; enseñándoles que guarden todas las cosas que les he mandado; y he aquí yo estoy con ustedes todos los días, hasta el fin del mundo. Amén.” En Juan 15:16, Jesucristo nos dice:  “No me eligieron ustedes a mí, sino que yo los elegí a ustedes, y los he puesto para que vayan y lleven fruto, y su fruto permanezca; para que todo lo que pidan al Padre en mi nombre, él se lo dé.” El único fruto que permanece es lo que hacemos para el reino de Dios.

Hagamos Tesoros en el Cielo

Dios nos dice que hagamos tesoros en el cielo (Mateo 6:19-20).  ¿Cómo podemos hacer tesoros allá si vivimos aquí? Podemos hacerlo al enseñarle a la gente el camino al cielo, al ayudarles a los necesitados, y al hacer la voluntad de Dios siempre y cuando sea posible.  Si hacemos eso, cuando lleguemos al cielo, tendremos tesoros allá.

rlsalvation@sbcglobal.net  rlsalvation@gmail.com  1 de Septiembre 2016

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GOD LOVES THE SINNER, BUT HE HATES THE SIN

You have probably heard pastors say:  “God loves the sinner, but He hates the sin.” It happens to be true and there is plenty of evidence in the Bible to back that up.  If God did not love the sinner, He would not love any of us.  All of us are sinners (Romans 3:23).  If God hated sinners, He would hate every single person on this planet.

We know that God loves us because while we were still sinning, He sent His Son to die for us.  In Romans 5:8 the apostle Paul states it this way:  “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Jesus Christ died for us.” Jesus did not suffered, died and resurrected just to save the holy, the perfect and the spotless people. He gave up His life and took it up again to make salvation available to the whole human race. In case you don’t know it, that includes you.

Jesus Himself explains to the religious leaders, His disciples and to other people why He came to earth.  You will find this in Mark 2:15-17 – “Now it happened, as He was dining in Levi’s house (Levi was Matthew’s Jewish name.  He became one of Jesus’ disciples and he wrote the Book of Matthew), 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 and Pharisees saw Him eating with the tax collectors and sinners, they said to His disciples, “How is it that He 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, we should automatically wind up in hell and later on in the lake of fire.  Sadly enough that will be the case for billions of people.  It is not because they have sinned, because God does not love them or because they are inferior to the ones who will spend eternity with God, but rather because they did not repent of their sins, they refused to leave the sin behind and because they did not receive Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.

Since none of us are worthy to enter the gates of heaven because of our sin, Jesus suffered, shed His blood and died to pay for our sins.  However as with any other promise that God has for us in the Bible, there is a condition for us to fulfill.  The condition is that we accept Jesus Christ in our hearts as our Lord and Savior.  If we do not do that, for whatever the reason, we cannot enter the kingdom of God.

In John 14:6, Jesus told Thomas – one of His disciples: “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” There is no other way to have eternal life with God.  Then in John 3:3, Jesus told Nicodemus, one of the religious leaders, the following:  “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”  One is born again when one receives Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior.

One becomes a true born-again Christian when one repents,  believes and confesses Jesus Christ as His God.  In Romans 10:9, the Bible tells us:  “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.”

One has to confess it with his own mouth.

If you repent and confess it aloud with your mouth, God is not going to reject you.  He will accept you as His son or daughter.  In John 3:15-17, Jesus Himself tells us:  “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.” God wants you to be saved!

God loves you, but He hates sin.  If you are sinning and keep on doing it without repenting and without receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, you will spend eternity burning in the lake of fire. Society may encourage you to be a homosexual, a lesbian, a drug addict, an adulterer, a prostitute, a cheater, a liar and so on, but if you die in that sin, you will keep the devil and his demons company in the lake of fire.

Regardless of how many times you may have sinned or how awful your sin is or was God can and will forgive you if you repent, ask Him to forgive you, ask Jesus to be your Lord and Savior and quit sinning.  You have to leave that lifestyle because you have become a new person, a new creation, a different you, a son or daughter of God.

In 2 Chronicles 7:14, the Bible tells us:  “if My people who are called by My name (Christians) 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.” God will heal your life if you will humble yourself, will pray to God in the name of Jesus, will seek God with all your heart and will turn away from your wicked ways.

Don’t let anybody fool you.  Although God loves you if you don’t leave the sin behind, you will wind up in the lake of fire eternally.  On the other hand if you seek God, He will give you eternal life with Him.  If you don’t know how to receive Jesus Christ in your heart as your Lord and Savior, read the prayer below several times, and when you truly understand it, pray it to God aloud in all sincerity and He will receive it and will also receive you.  He is actually anxiously waiting for you to do it. Don’t disappoint Him!

“Father God, I repent of all my sins.  Please forgive me. Receive me as your son/daughter. I believe that Jesus shed His blood, died and resurrected to pay for my sins. I ask Him to be my Lord and Savior and I ask the Holy Spirit to live in me to guide me and protect me.  I praise You Father God.  Amen.”

rlsalvation@abcglobal.net   rlsalvation@gmail.com  August 26, 2016

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DIOS AMA AL PECADOR, PERO ODIA EL PECADO

Es muy probable que has oído a pastores decir:  “Dios ama al pecador, pero odia el pecado.” Es verdad y hay mucha evidencia en la biblia que lo corrobora.  Si Dios no amara al pecador, no amaría a ninguno.  Todos somos pecadores (Romanos 3:23). Si Dios odiara a los pecadores, odiaría a todo ser humano en este planeta.

Sabemos que Dios ama a los pecadores, porque cuando todavía estábamos hundidos en el pecado, él mandó a su hijo que muriera por nosotros. En Romanos 5:8, el apóstol Pablo lo dice así: “Mas Dios muestra su amor para con nosotros, en que siendo aún pecadores, Cristo murió por nosotros.” Jesucristo no sufrió, murió y resucitó solamente para salvar a los justos, buenos, perfectos y a los santos.  Él dio su vida voluntariamente y se levantó de entre los muertos para que todo aquel que quisiera pudiera tener salvación.  En caso que no hayas entendido, eso te incluye a ti también.

Jesucristo mismo les explicó a los líderes religiosos, a sus discípulos y a otra gente por qué vino a este mundo. Lo encuentras en Marcos 2:15-17 – “ Aconteció que estando Jesús a la mesa en casa de él (Mateo – pecador que se convirtió en discípulo de Jesucristo y que escribió el libro bíblico de “San Mateo”), muchos publicanos y pecadores estaban también a la mesa juntamente con Jesús y sus discípulos; porque había muchos que le habían seguido. Y los escribas y los fariseos, viéndole comer con los publicanos y con los pecadores, dijeron a los discípulos: ¿Qué es esto, que él come y bebe con los publicanos y pecadores? Al oír esto Jesús, les dijo: Los sanos no tienen necesidad de médico, sino los enfermos. No he venido a llamar a justos, sino a pecadores.”

Siendo que todos pecamos todos merecemos ir al infierno y pasar la eternidad en el lago de fuego. Desgraciadamente ese ha sido, es, y será el destino para miles de millones de personas.

No es porque hayan pecado, porque Dios no los ama, ni porque sean inferiores a los que pasarán la eternidad con Dios, sino porque no se arrepintieron de sus pecados, no le pidieron perdón a Dios, no quisieron apartarse del pecado y no recibieron a Jesucristo como su Señor y Salvador.

Siendo que ninguno de nosotros merece entrar al cielo a causa de nuestros pecados, Jesucristo sufrió, murió y resucitó para pagar por nuestros pecados. Sin embargo igualmente que las otras promesas de Dios, esa salvación no es automática tiene sus condiciones.  Las condiciones son que nos arrepintamos, le pidamos perdón a Dios, que dejemos de pecar y que recibamos a Jesucristo como nuestro Señor y Redentor. Si no lo hacemos, por la razón que sea, no podemos entrar al cielo a vivir en el reino de Dios.

En Juan 14:6, Jesucristo le dijo a Tomás – uno de sus doce discípulos: “Yo soy el camino, y la verdad, y la vida; nadie viene al Padre, sino por mí.”  No existe otra manera, ni otro Dios por el cual podamos recibir salvación.  Luego en Juan 3:3, Jesucristo le dijo a Nicodemo, uno de los líderes religiosos: “De cierto, de cierto te digo, que el que no naciere de nuevo, no puede ver el reino de Dios.”  Uno nace de nuevo cuando recibe a Jesucristo como su Señor y Salvador.

Uno se convierte en verdadero cristiano cuando uno se arrepiente, le pide perdón a Dios, deja el pecado y recibe a Jesucristo en su corazón.  En Romanos 10:9, la biblia nos dice: “Que si confiesas con tu boca que Jesús es el Señor, y crees en tu corazón que Dios le levantó de los muertos, serás salvo.”  Uno lo tiene que confesar en voz alta con su propia boca.

Si te arrepientes y lo confiesas con tu propia boca, Dios no te rechazará.  Te aceptará como su hijo o hija.  En Juan 3:15-17, Jesucristo nos dice: “Para que todo aquel que en él cree, no se pierda, mas tenga vida eterna. Porque de tal manera amó Dios al mundo, que ha dado a su Hijo unigénito, para que todo aquel que en él cree, no se pierda, mas tenga vida eterna.  Porque no envió Dios a su Hijo (Jesucristo) al mundo para condenar al mundo, sino para que el mundo sea salvo por él.” Dios desea que seas salvo.

Dios te ama, pero odio el pecado.  Si estás pecando y continúas haciéndolo sin arrepentiré, y sin Jesucristo en tu vida, terminarás sufriendo eternamente en el lago de fuego.  La sociedad te puede exaltar porque eres homosexual, lesbiana, prostituta, adúltero, fornicador o porque usas drogas, te embriagas, eres mentiroso, golpeas a tu pareja, robas o pecas de otras maneras, pero al final Dios te va a juzgar y terminarás acompañando al diablo y a sus demonios en el lago de fuego.

No importa cuántas veces hayas pecado, que tan grande y horrible sea tu pecado, si te arrepientes, le pides perdón a Dios, dejas de pecar y recibes a Jesucristo como tu Señor y Redentor, Dios te perdona.  Tienes que abandonar tu viejo estilo de vida, porque ahora eres una nueva creación, una nueva creatura, una nueva persona, un muy diferente tú, un hijo o hija de Dios.

En 2 Crónicas 7:14 Dios nos dice:  “si se humillara mi pueblo, sobre el cual mi nombre (Jesús) es invocado, y orara, y buscara mi rostro, y se convirtiera de sus malos caminos; entonces yo oiré desde los cielos, y perdonaré sus pecados, y sanaré su tierra.“ Dios te sana si te humillas frente a él, te arrepientes, abandonas el pecado y si le oras en el nombre de Jesucristo.

No permitas que nadie te engañe.  Si no te acercas a Dios, terminarás sufriendo con el diablo, pero si te arrepientes puedes pasar toda una eternidad con Dios. ¡No hay comparación!  Si no sabes como recibir a Jesucristo como tu Señor y Salvador, lee la oración varias veces que está en el próximo párrafo, y cuando, en realidad, la entiendas, órasela a Dios en voz alta con toda sinceridad.  Él te oirá, te aceptará y te dará salvación, porque está ansiosamente esperando que lo hagas.  ¡No lo desilusiones!

“Dios Padre, me arrepiento de todos mis pecados.  Por tu misericordia, perdóname.  Yo creo y confieso que Jesucristo es tu hijo, que sufrió, vertió su sangre, murió y resucitó para pagar por mis pecados. Le pido a él que sea mi Señor y Salvador y al Espíritu Santo que viva en mí para que me guíe y me proteja.  ¡Te alabo y te adoro!  Amén.”

rlsalvation@sbcglobal.net   rlsalvation@gmail.com  26 de Agosto 2016

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T  H  E     W  O  R  D

We know that words are powerful.  They have the power to uplift a person or to destroy him or her.  That is why the tongue is extremely important.  For that reason the Bible tells us in Psalm 34:13 to keep our tongue from evil.  Then in James 3:8 -9, James (son of  Mary –  the mother of Jesus – and Joseph) tells us: “But no man can tame the tongue.  It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God.” Out of the same mouth comes kind words, blessings and anointing as well as bad words, insults and curses.

However this article is not really about a word or words, but rather about THE LIVING WORD, which is Jesus Christ.  The apostle John does an excellent job of explaining it.  In John 1:1-3 he states:  “In the beginning was theWord, and the Word was with God, and the Wordwas God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.” No, the universe, the galaxies and the milky way were not created by evolution and your ancestors were not amphibians or monkeys.

I am going to explain the previous paragraph.  The word WORD is capitalized because it refers to Jesus. He was with God because He is God.  He had no beginning and He will have no end.  He was born from the Virgin Mary as a human being, but not as God.  That’s why the Catholics are wrong when they say that she is the mother of God.  God has no mother.

God made Himself a man in the form of Jesus to suffer and pay for our sins.  As God there was no way for Him to suffer, be killed or to pay for our sins.  As Jesus Christ He was all man, but atthe same time He was all God.  That is difficult for us to understand with our finite minds.  How can we understand it when God’s ways are much higher than ours (Isaiah 55:8-9)?

Jesus was born, lived, suffered and died as a man, not as God.  It had to be that way, so He could pay for our sins.  He came to reconcile us with the Father and that’s exactly what He did. If He had remained God, He would not have been able to provide salvation for us, because He would not have been able to suffer or to die. 

Since the word of God is the Bible and being that Jesus is THE LIVING WORD, then the Bible isJesus in a written form.  What does that mean to us?  If we want to know God, all we have to do is read the Bible.  The will of God is completely explained in the Bible.  Of course, we cannot pick and choose.  We have to read the entire Bible in order to fully understand God’s principles. We should not take one scripture out of context and claim that as God’s will.  Much to my dismay many people do that.

As with everything else, the word of God can be manipulated.  Unfortunately too manypastors and evangelists are doing exactly that.  Using “the prosperity message” as their main attraction they sell books, CDs,  DVDs and other materials by the millions. Some of them possess over one hundred million dollars.  The ones who are not as popular may only havefive or ten million. I feel sorry for them (sarcastically). 

If you want to come to the throne of Father God, you have to do so through THE LIVING WORD – JESUS CHRIST.  In John 14:6, Jesus tells us:  “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No onecomes to the Father except through Me.” Nobody else is the WORD nor did they suffer or die for us.  That’s why you (Catholics) cannot pray in the name of anybody else or to a saint or a virgin.  They did not shed their blood for you

Hebrews 9:22 tells us:  “And according to the law almost all things are purified with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no remission (of sins).” That is the reason why Jesus died for us. We were full of sin, but His blood purified us.That purification is available to every singlehuman being in existence, but we can only receive it believing and confessing that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, that he suffered and died for us, that He resurrected on the third day (Romans 10:9) and that He is at the right hand of the Father in heaven interceding for us.

Neither your own blood, the blood of another human being nor the blood of an animal can make atonement for your sins.  The reason being that any other blood other than the blood of the Lamb of God – Jesus Christ is tarnished, impure and not acceptable by our heavenly Father. Any other blood is an insult to God. 

If you want to know THE WORD read the written word, study it and put it into practice.  Your life will change for the better, because His word and THE WORD will be in you.  In order for HIS WORDto be in you, you have to accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.  If you have never done it before, do it now.  In case you don’t know how to do it, just read the prayer below and when you truly understand it, pray it to God aloud in all sincerity.  Have no doubts or misgivings, in spite of the way you may have lived, He will hear you and will accept you as his son or daughter. He is a loving Father.

“Holy Father, I repent of all my sins.  Please forgive me. As I make Jesus Christ my Lord andSavior,  I believe and confess that He is Your son, that He suffered, died and resurrected on the third day and that He is at Your right hand interceding for me even now.  I 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.”

Now that THE WORD – JESUS is in you, start reading the Bible, praying to God and attending a born-again Christian church where the pastor teaches directly from the Bible.  Make friends with other Christians and start fellowshipping with them.  God bless you!

rlsalvation@sbcglobal.net   rlsalvation@gmail.com   August 18, 2016

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L  A    P  A  L  A B  R  A

Sabemos que las palabras son poderosas.  Tienen el poder de exaltar a una persona o de destruirla.  Por eso la lengua es de extremada importancia.  Por esa razón la biblia nos dice en el Salmo 34:13 lo siguiente:  Guarda tu lengua del mal,Y tus labios de hablar engaño.” Luego en Santiago 3:8-9, Santiago – el hermano de Jesucristo/hijo de María y de José –  nos dice:  “pero ningún hombre puede domar la lengua, que es un mal que no puede ser refrenado, llena de veneno mortal. Con ella bendecimos a Dios y Padre, y con ella maldecimos a los hombres, que están hechos a la semejanza de Dios.” De la misma boca salen palabras tiernas, benéficas, y otras que bendicen, pero de allí mismo salen otras que hieren, insultan, y hasta maldicen. 

Sin embargo este artículo no es de una palabra o palabras, sino de LAPALABRA VIVIENTE – JESUCRISTO.  El apóstol Juan lo explica excelentemente.  En Juan 1:1-3 lo explica de esta manera:  “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.” No, este planeta, el universo y las galaxias no fueron creados por laevolución y tú no eres descendiente de los gorilas ni de un animal anfibio.

Voy a explicar el párrafo anterior.  La palabra PALABRA está escrita en letra mayúscula porque se refiere a Jesucristo.  Él estaba con Dios, porque él es Dios.  Él no tuvo comienzo y no tendrá fin. Nació de la virgen María como hombre, pero no como Dios.  Por eso los católicos están bien equivocados cuando dicen que ella es la madre de Dios.  Dios no tuvo, no tiene, ni tendrá Madre.

Dios se convirtió en hombre por medio de Jesucristo para sufrir, morir y pagar por nuestros pecados.  Siendo Dios no había manera que él sufriera, muriera y resucitara para pagar por nuestros pecados.  Como Jesucristo era todo hombre, pero también era todo Dios.  Eso es muy difícil para que lo entendamos con nuestras mentes limitadas. ¿Cómo podamos entenderlo cuando los caminos de Dios son mucho más altos que los nuestros (Isaías 55:8-9)?

Jesucristo nació, vivió, sufrió y murió como hombre, no como Dios, pero sí resucitó como Dios. Tenía que pasar por todo eso para poder pagar por nuestras fallas, faltas y pecados.  Vinopara reconciliarnos con Dios Padre, y eso es exactamente lo que hizo.  Si hubiera permanecido solamente Dios, no hubiera podido ofrecernos la salvación, porque no hubiera podido sufrir ni morir.

Siendo que la biblia es la palabra de Dios, y ya que Jesucristo es LA PALABRA VIVIENTE, entonces la biblia es Jesucristo en forma escrita.  ¿Qué significa eso para ti?   Si deseas conocer a Dios todo lo que tienes que hacer es leer la biblia. La voluntad de Dios está perfectamenteexplicada en la biblia por todos sus autores.  Claro no podemos escoger solamente lo que nos gusta.  Tenemos que leer toda la biblia para que podamos entender los principios de Dios. No podemos sacar una escritura fuera de su contexto y declarar que esa es la voluntad de Dios. Desgraciadamente mucha gente hace eso.

Como con todo la palabra de Dios puede ser manipulada. Desafortunadamente muchospastores y evangelistas están predicando solamente lo que la gente quiere oír. Predican el mensaje de prosperidad para que los feligreses donen más dinero.  Algunos evangelistas tienenmás de cien millones de dólares.  Los menos famosos tienen entre cinco y diez millones. Les tengo mucha lástima (hablo sarcásticamente desde luego).

Si deseas llegar al trono de Dios tienes que hacerlo por medio de LA PALABRA VIVIENTE – Jesucristo.  En Juan 14:6, Jesucristo nos dice:  “Yo soy el camino, la verdad, y la vida.  Nadieviene al Padre, sino por mí.”  Nadie más es LA PALABRA ni ninguna otra persona vertió su sangre por nosotros.  Por eso ustedes los católicos no deben orarle a ninguna llamada virgen ni a ningún llamado santo.  Al hacerlo están insultando a Dios.  En vez de hacerles milagros puede hasta castigarlos. ¡Abran los ojos!

En Hebreos 9:22 la palabra de Dios nos dice:  “Y casi todo es purificado, según la ley, con sangre; y sin derramamiento de sangre no se hace remisión(de pecados).”  Esa fue la razón por la cual murió Jesucristo por nosotros.  Estábamos muertos espiritualmente en el pecado sin esperanzas de obtener la salvación, pero Jesús nos purificó.  Esa misma purificación estádisponible para todo ser humano, pero tenemos que recibirla creyendo y confesando que Jesucristo es el Hijo de Dios, que sufrió y murió en la cruz para pagar por nuestros pecados, que resucitó al tercer día (Romanos 10:9) y que está a la derecha del Padre en el cielo haciendo intercesión por nosotros.

Ni tu sangre, la de otra persona, ni la de un animal puede pagar por tus pecados.  La razón es que cualquier otra sangre que no sea la DEL CORDERO DE DIOS – JESUCRISTO es impura, está sucia, y no es aceptable para Dios.  Antes es un insulto para un Dios eterno, santo, divino, perfecto y justiciero.   

Si quieres conocer LA PALABRA, lee la palabra escrita, estúdiala y ponla en práctica.  Habrá un buen mejoramiento en tu vida, porque la palabra escrita y LA PALABRA VIVIENTE  vivirán en ti. Para que su palabra viva en ti tienes que recibir a Jesucristo como tu Señor y Salvador.  Si nunca lo has hecho, no hay mejor tiempo que ahorita.  En caso que no sepas como hacerlo, leela oración en el siguiente párrafo, y cuando en realidad la entiendas, órasela aDios en voz alta con toda sinceridad.  No tengas ninguna duda.  A pesar de cómo hayas vivido, Dios te ama, quiere perdonarte y bendecirte.  Te aceptará con los brazos abiertos para que seas su hijo o hija.

“Dios Padre, me arrepiento de todos mis pecados.  Por tu misericordia perdóname.  Le pido a Jesucristo que sea mi Señor y Salvador, porque creo y confieso que él es tu hijo, que sufrió/murió en la cruz para pagar por mis pecados.  Resucitó al tercer día y ahora está a tu derecha en el cielo haciendo intercesión por mí.  Le pido al Espíritu Santo que viva en mí para que me guíe y me proteja. Padre Dios, te pido todo esto en el nombre de tu hijo Jesucristo. Amén.”

Ya que LA PALABRA VIVIENTE DE DIOS vive en ti, lee la biblia, estúdiala, asiste a una iglesia cristiana (no católica), y trata de hacerte amigo de otras personas cristianas.  ¡Dios te bendiga!

rlsalvation@sbcglobal.net  rlsalvation@gmail.com  El 18 de Agosto 2016

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WITHOUT LOVE YOU ARE AN EMPTY SHELL

It does not matter how famous, wealthy or intelligent you may be, without love you are an empty shell.  Nothing really matters if you don’t have love and if you don’t have God in your life. On the other hand, you are very fortunate if you have both in your life.

1 John 4:8

“Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.”

The very essence of God is love. If we claim to be Christ followers, but do not love, we cannot be Christians and we do not know God. The other side of the coin is that, in that case, He does not know us either.  We are just fooling ourselves.  God and people know a true Christian by his actions and by his love (John 13:35). 

1 John 4:10-13

“Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. No man has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwells in us, and his love is perfected in us. Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit.”

Since God is love, He loved us first (1 John 4:19) and He proved it in, at least, two ways: He created us and He sent His Son to die for our sins.  His love is perfected in us if we love Him and love other people.

John 15:10-13

If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love.  I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.  My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.  Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”

The Lord Jesus made 5 points here; 1. We are to keep His commandments. 2. We ought to remain in His love. 3. When we love Jesus’ joy is in us. 4. We are to love one another. 5. He loves us so much that He gave up His life for us.

1 Corinthians 13:13

 And now abide (in) faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”

The apostle Paul very clearly tells us that these three are the cornerstones of a Christian’s life, but that love is the greatest one.

Galatians 5:22

 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness.”

If we truly are children of God the Holy Spirit lives in us and we are to produce the fruit mentioned above.  But of all those the main one is love.

1 Corinthians 13:1-3

“Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal.  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, but have not love, I am nothing.  And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.”

The apostle Paul is clearly stating that we may have everything, but if we don’t love or are loved we have nothing.  We should love God and people and we should allow ourselves the privilege of receiving love from God and from other people.  If we do those two things we are blessed, but if we don’t we should be pitied. 

Proverb 10:12

“Hatred stirs up conflict, but love covers over all wrongs.” This is from the NIV.  The NKJV puts it this way:  “Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all sins.”

What it really means is that even if you sin, but you sin because of love, God forgives you.  God does not necessarily look at your physical appearance or at the results you get, but rather He looks at your motives, intentions and at your heart (1 Samuel 16:7). 

The bottom line is that we should live life loving God and loving people.  Jesus made it very clear in Matthew 22:37-40 – “Jesus said to him (a lawyer – one of the religious leaders), “‘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 you don’t love, learn to love.  If you don’t accept love from others, learn to accept it. If you don’t know Jesus Christ, get to know Him.  If you are not doing those things, you are missing out on life. 

rlsalvation@sbcglobal.net    rlsalvation@gmail.com   August 11, 2016

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SIN AMOR ERES UN CASCARÓN VACÍO

No importa que tan famoso, rico o inteligente seas, sin amor eres un cascarón vacío.  En realidad, nada importa si no tienes amor y a Dios en tu vida. El otro lado de la moneda es que si tienes amor y a Dios en tu vida eres muy afortunado.

1 Juan 4:8

 El que no ama, no ha conocido a Dios; porque Dios es amor.”

La verdadera esencia de Dios es el amor.  Si pretendemos ser seguidores de Jesucristo, pero no amamos, no podemos ser cristianos y no conocemos a Dios.  Desde luego que Dios no nos conoce tampoco.  Solamente nos estamos engañando a nosotros mismos.  Dios y la gente conocen a un cristiano por su comportamiento y su amor (Juan 13:35).

1 Juan 4:10-13

 En esto consiste el amor: no en que nosotros hayamos amado a Dios, sino en que él nos amó a nosotros, y envió a su Hijo en propiciación por nuestros pecados. Amados, si Dios nos ha amado así, debemos también nosotros amarnos unos a otros. Nadie ha visto jamás a Dios. Si nos amamos unos a otros, Dios permanece en nosotros, y su amor se ha perfeccionado en nosotros. En esto conocemos que permanecemos en él, y él en nosotros, en que nos ha dado de su Espíritu.”

Siendo que Dios es amor, él nos amó primero (1 Juan 4:19) y lo comprobó en más de las dos maneras siguientes; nos creó y le pidió a su hijo que muriera por nuestros pecados.  Su amor se perfecciona en nosotros si lo amamos a él y si amamos al prójimo. 

Juan 15:10-13

“Si guardan mis mandamientos, permanecerán en mi amor; así como yo he guardado los mandamientos de mi Padre, y permanezco en su amor. Estas cosas les he hablado, para que mi gozo esté en ustedes, y su gozo sea cumplido.  Este es mi mandamiento: Que se amen unos a otros, como yo los he amado.  Nadie tiene mayor amor que este, que uno ponga su vida por sus amigos.”

El Señor Jesucristo hizo cinco puntos: 1. Debemos guardar sus mandamientos. 2. Debemos permanecer en su amor.  3. Cuando amamos su gozo está en nosotros. 4. Debemos amarnos los unos a los otros. 5. Él nos ama tanto que dio su vida por nosotros.

1 Corintios 13:13

“Y ahora permanecen la fe, la esperanza y el amor, estos tres; pero el mayor de ellos es el amor.”

El apóstol Pablo claramente nos dice que las tres bases principales del cristianismo son la fe, la esperanza y el amor, pero que el amor es el más necesario y más importante.

Gálatas 5:22

“Mas el fruto del Espíritu es amor, gozo, paz, paciencia, benignidad, bondad, fe.”

Si, en realidad, somos hijos de Dios el Espíritu Santo vive en nosotros, y debemos producir el fruto mencionado en la escritura.  De todos esos frutos el principal es el amor.

1 Corintios 13:1-3

“Si yo hablara lenguas humanas y angélicas, y no tengo amor, vengo a ser como metal que resuena, o címbalo que retiñe. Y si tuviera profecía, y entendiera todos los misterios y toda ciencia, y si tuviera toda la fe, de tal manera que trasladara los montes, y no tengo amor, nada soy. Y si repartiera todos mis bienes para dar de comer a los pobres, y si entregara mi cuerpo para ser quemado, y no tengo amor, de nada me sirve.”

El apóstol Pablo declara claramente que si tenemos todo, pero si no amamos y no somos amados, en realidad, no tenemos nada. Debemos amar a Dios y al prójimo, y permitir que Dios y que otras personas nos amen. Si hacemos esas dos cosas somos bendecidos, pero si no estamos perdidos.

Proverbio 10:12

“El odio despierta rencillas; Pero el amor cubrirá todas las faltas.” Otras biblias o traducciones dicen que el amor cubre una multitud de pecados.

Lo que significa es que si pecas, pero lo haces por amor, Dios te perdona.  Dios no ve tu apariencia física o los resultados que recibas, sino que se enfoca en tus motivos, intenciones y en el estado de tu corazón (1 Samuel 16:7).

Nuestra prioridad debe ser de amar a Dios y amar al prójimo.  Jesucristo lo esclarece en Mateo 22:37-40 – “Jesús le dijo (a un abogado – uno de los líderes religiosos): Amarás al Señor tu Dios con todo tu corazón, y con toda tu alma, y con toda tu mente.  Este es el primero y grande mandamiento.  Y el segundo es semejante: Amarás a tu prójimo como a ti mismo.  De estos dos mandamientos depende toda la ley y los profetas.”

Si no amas, aprende a amar.  Si no aceptas amor de otras personas, aprende a aceptarlo.  Si no conoces a Jesucristo, haz el esfuerzo para conocerlo. Si no estás haciendo esas cosas, estás desperdiciando tu vida.

rlsalvation@sbcglobal.net    rlsalvation@gmail.com   11 de Agosto 2016

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GOD WORKS WITH WHAT YOU HAVE

Many of us think that we have to be wealthy or that we have to be multitalented in order for God to use us effectively.  Although those two things can be of help, they are not the most important things we need.  What we need is a love for God, a love for people, faith in God and dedication.  If we have real love, we will serve God. 

1 Samuel 16:7

“But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him.  For the LORD does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”

God sent the prophet Samuel to go to the house of Jesse to anoint one of his sons to be the future king of Israel.  Some of Jesse’s sons were tall, strong and had a good appearance.  The prophet was impressed by them and wanted to pick one of them to be the king, but God told him that He had not chosen any one of them.  God had chosen their youngest brother David who was tending the sheep.  Physically his brothers looked a lot more impressive than David, but God, who looks at a man’s heart,  knew that David was a man after His own heart (Acts 13:22).

Luke 9:13-17

“But He (Jesus) said to them, “You give them something to eat.”And they said, “We have no more than five loaves and two fish, unless we go and buy food for all these people.” For there were about five thousand men (plus the women and children). Then He said to His disciples, “Make them sit down in groups of fifty.” And they did so, and made them all sit down. Then He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, He blessed and broke them, and gave them to the disciples to set before the multitude. So they all ate and were filled, and twelve baskets of the leftover fragments were taken up by them.”

God works with what we have.  The disciples only had five loaves of bread and two fish and with that they fed probably around fifteen thousand people or more.  When God uses us He blesses and multiplies what we have.

Exodus 4:1-4

“Then Moses answered (God) and said, “But suppose they will not believe me or listen to my voice; suppose they say, ‘The Lord has not appeared to you.’ ”So the Lord said to him, “What is that in your hand?” He said, “A rod.”And He said, “Cast it on the ground.” So he cast it on the ground, and it became a serpent; and Moses fled from it. Then the Lord said to Moses, “Reach out your hand and take it by the tail” (and he reached out his hand and caught it, and it became a rod in his hand), “that they may believe that the Lord God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has appeared to you.”

God was sending Moses to deliver His people – the Israelites – from bondage in Egypt, but Moses was afraid the people would not believe him.  He had a rod (a wooden stick), so God used that to prove to him that He was and would be with him.  God is good at using what we already have.  You may be very mistaken in thinking that God cannot use you.  All you have to do is have a willing heart to serve Him and let Him know that you are available.  God will have you use what you already have to do His will.

Acts 14:8-10

“And in Lystra a certain man without strength in his feet was sitting, a cripple from his mother’s womb, who had never walked.  This man heard Paul speaking. Paul, observing him intently and seeing that he had faith to be healed,  said with a loud voice, “Stand up straight on your feet!” And he leaped and walked.”

God worked with what the man had – faith.  Because of his faith the man was healed.  God can do the same thing with you. If you are wondering whether you can serve God, you can.  You don’t need special talents, money, connections or anything else.  What you do need is a willing heart.  God will meet you where you are and will help you.  However you do have to take the first step.

1 Kings 17:12-16

“So she (a very poor widow) said (to Elijah – a prophet of God), “As the Lord your God lives, I do not have bread, only a handful of flour in a bin, and a little oil in a jar; and see, I am gathering a couple of sticks that I may go in and prepare it for myself and my son, that we may eat it, and die.” And Elijah said to her, “Do not fear; go and do as you have said, but make me a small cake from it first, and bring it to me; and afterward make some for yourself and your son. For thus says the Lord God of Israel: ‘The bin of flour shall not be used up, nor shall the jar of oil run dry, until the day the Lord sends rain on the earth.’” So she went away and did according to the word of Elijah; and she and he and her household ate for many days.  The bin of flour was not used up, nor did the jar of oil run dry, according to the word of the Lord which He spoke by Elijah.”

The poor widow only had a handful of flour and very little oil.  She was going to cook her last meal before dying of hunger, but because she obeyed the prophet Elijah, God kept supplying for all her needs. God worked with what she had.  He can do the same thing with you.  It’s not about how much you may have, but it is about offering it to God. 

rlsalvation@sbcglobal.net    rlsalvation@gmail.com   August 4, 2016

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DIOS OBRA CON LO QUE TÚ TIENES

Muchos de nosotros pensamos que tenemos que ser ricos o tener varios talentos para poder servir a Dios eficazmente.  Aunque esas dos cosas pueden ayudar, no son las más importantes.  Lo que necesitamos es amar a Dios, amar al prójimo, tener fe en Dios, y enfocarnos con dedicación en ser luz de Dios dondequiera que estemos. 

1 Samuel 16:7

“Y Jehová respondió a Samuel: No mires a su parecer, ni a lo grande de su estatura, porque yo lo desecho; porque Jehová no mira lo que mira el hombre; pues el hombre mira lo que está delante de sus ojos, pero Jehová mira el corazón.”

Dios mandó al profeta Samuel a la casa de Isaí para que escogiera uno de sus hijos rey sobre Israel. Algunos de los hijos de Isaí eran altos, fuertes y bien parecidos.  El profeta estaba impresionado con ellos e iba a escoger uno para que fuera el rey, pero Dios no había escogido a ninguno de ellos. Dios había escogido a David, el hijo menor que estaba cuidando las ovejas. Físicamente los hermanos impresionaban mucho más que David, pero Dios quien ve el corazón sabía que David era un hombre conforme su corazón (Hechos 13:22).

Lucas 9:13-17

“Él (Jesucristo) les dijo: Denles ustedes de comer. Y dijeron ellos: No tenemos más que cinco panes y dos pescados, a no ser que vayamos nosotros a comprar alimentos para toda esta multitud.  Y eran como cinco mil hombres (más sus esposas y sus hijos). Entonces (Jesús) dijo a sus discípulos: Háganlos sentar en grupos, de cincuenta en cincuenta.  Así lo hicieron, haciéndolos sentar a todos. Y tomando los cinco panes y los dos pescados, levantando los ojos al cielo, los bendijo, y los partió, y dio a sus discípulos para que los pusieran delante de la gente. Y comieron todos, y se saciaron; y recogieron lo que les sobró, doce cestas de pedazos.”

Dios obra con lo que tenemos.  Los discípulos solamente tenían cinco panes y dos pescados y con eso les dieron de comer como a quince mil personas.  Cuando Dios nos usa bendice lo que tenemos y lo multiplica.

Éxodo 4:1-5

“Entonces Moisés respondió diciendo (a Dios): He aquí que ellos no me creerán, ni oirán mi voz; porque dirán: No te ha aparecido Jehová. Y Jehová dijo: ¿Qué es eso que tienes en tu mano? Y él respondió: Una vara. El le dijo: Échala en tierra. Y él la echó en tierra, y se hizo una culebra; y Moisés huía de ella.  Entonces dijo Jehová a Moisés: Extiende tu mano, y tómala por la cola. Y él extendió su mano, y la tomó, y se volvió vara en su mano.  Por esto creerán que se te ha aparecido Jehová, el Dios de tus padres, el Dios de Abraham, Dios de Isaac y Dios de Jacob”

Dios iba a mandar a Moisés a Egipto para que sacara de la esclavitud a los israelitas.  Moisés temía que la gente no le iba a creer que Dios lo había enviado.  Moisés tenía una vara en la mano y Dios la utilizó para comprobarle que siempre estaría con él.  Es muy probable que estés pensando que no puedes servirle a Dios.  Todo lo que Dios te pide es que estés disponible, dispuesto y listo para obedecerlo. Si, en realidad, deseas servirle a Dios, simplemente dile:  “Dios Padre, yo deseo que me utilices.  Yo no sé lo que tenga o pueda hacer, pero sea lo que sea úsalo para tu reino.”

Hechos 14:8-10

“Y cierto hombre de Listra estaba sentado, imposibilitado de los pies, cojo de nacimiento, que jamás había andado.  Este oyó hablar a Pablo, el cual, fijando en él sus ojos, y viendo que tenía fe para ser sanado, dijo a gran voz: Levántate derecho sobre tus pies. Y él saltó, y anduvo.”

Dios obró con lo que tenía el hombre – fe. Por su fe fue sanado.  Dios puede hacer lo mismo contigo. No necesitas talentos especiales, dinero, ni conexiones para servir a Dios. 

1 Reyes 17:12-16

 Y ella (una viuda muy pobre) respondió (al profeta Elías): Vive Jehová tu Dios, que no tengo pan cocido; solamente un puñado de harina tengo en la tinaja, y un poco de aceite en una vasija; y ahora recogía dos leños, para entrar y prepararlo para mí y para mi hijo, para que lo comamos, y nos dejemos morir.  Elías le dijo: No tengas temor; ve, haz como has dicho; pero hazme a mí primero de ello una pequeña torta cocida debajo de la ceniza, y tráemela; y después harás para ti y para tu hijo. Porque Jehová Dios de Israel ha dicho así: La harina de la tinaja no escaseará, ni el aceite de la vasija disminuirá, hasta el día en que Jehová haga llover sobre la faz de la tierra. Entonces ella fue e hizo como le dijo Elías; y comió él, y ella, y su casa, muchos días. Y la harina de la tinaja no escaseó, ni el aceite de la vasija menguó, conforme a la palabra que Jehová había dicho por Elías.”

La viuda solamente tenía un puñado de harina y poquito aceite. Iba a cocinar su última comida para morir, pero al darle de comer al profeta Elías primero, Dios continuó supliendo todas sus necesidades.  Dios obró con lo poquito que la viuda tenía.  Dios puede hacer lo mismo contigo. No se trata de cuanto tengas, sino que se lo ofrezcas a Dios.

rlsalvation@sbcglobal.net   rlsalvation@gmail.com  el 4 de Agosto 2016

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IT’S FOOLISHNESS

In most religions people suffer and even die for their gods.  However our God – Jesus Christ – suffered and died for us on the cross.  That was one of the worst deaths imaginable in those days – around two-thousand years ago.  He knew what was in store for Him, but nevertheless He went through with it to do the Father’s will and to assure us that we could live eternally with God if we so desired.  Thank You, Jesus!

Romans 3:23-24

“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 apostle Paul couldn’t have made it any clearer that all of us sin, that all of us need to pay for our sins, but that Jesus took our place and paid the price for us.  That being the case, we don’t have to pay for our sins if we receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.

This, of course, does not make any sense whatsoever to an atheist or to somebody from another religion.  They sacrifice themselves for their so-called gods, kill for them and they even give up their meaningless lives for them.

Romans 6:23

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” We deserve death, which is eternal separation from our God to spend eternity in the lake of fire with the devil, but since our God is love and righteousness, He sent Jesus to die on the cross in our place.  He suffered the death that we deserve.  By grace, which is unmerited favor, God forgives us of all sins if we repent and receive Jesus Christ as our 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.” Jesus did not even wait for us to leave sin behind.  While we were still deep into sin, He died for us.  That is something that most people will not understand – a perfect, sinless, holy God dying for sinners.

1 Corinthians 1:18-21

“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.  Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe.” That God would suffer and die for us is complete foolishness to the unbelievers.  They don’t understand God’s ways, because His ways are much higher than ours (Isaiah 55:8-9).

1 Corinthians 1:23

“But we (Paul and the apostles) preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness.”  The Jews did not accept the fact that Jesus was the awaited Messiah because they expected Him to come in power and destroy the Romans, and the Gentiles (the Greeks and the other ones who were not Jewish) did not accept Jesus because He was humble, meek and did not even defend Himself.  What about you?  Do you accept Jesus as the Son of God – as God Himself?

2 Corinthians 14

“But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” The natural man cannot understand God’s love, His wisdom, His ways, His motives or His goals.  That is why many scientists will never ever become Christians.  Of course some of them have in the past, are becoming now, and many more will become Christians in the future.  That is because God loves them too.

The scientists who are actually intelligent know that even if this world began with something like  “The Big Bang Theory” somebody had to initiate the whole process because nothing from nothing leaves nothing.  We call that somebody “GOD.”

Foolishness is actually thinking that we came from nothing or that we evolved from animals.  If that were true life would still be being formed from nothing, the evolution process would still be working today.  However no new forms of life are being born, the animals are not changing (evolving), they are not disappearing – they still exist, the humans have not changed, are not changing (evolving) and they are not disappearing – they continue to exist.

If you believe in eternal life and that once you die, you will not completely cease to exist, then receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, so that you may spend eternity with God and will not simply become food for the worms or that it will not be as if you had never existed.

rlsalvation@sbcglobal.net   rlsalvation@gmail.com  July 29, 2016

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ES LOCURA PARA EL MUNDO

En muchas religiones las personas sufren y mueren por complacer a sus llamados dioses.  Sin embargo nuestro Dios – Jesucristo – sufrió y murió por nosotros en la cruz.  Esa era una de la peores muertes imaginables en esos tiempos – más o menos dos mil años pasados.  Jesús sabía lo que le esperaba, pero lo hizo para cumplir la voluntad de su Padre, y para asegurarnos la salvación, si es que la recibimos.  ¡Gracias, nuestro Señor!

Romanos 3:23-24

“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.” El apóstol Pablo claramente nos declara que todos pecamos, que necesitamos pagar por nuestros pecados, pero que Jesucristo ya pagó nuestra deuda si aceptamos su sacrificio.  Ese siendo el caso, no tenemos que pagar por nuestros pecados, pero sí tenemos que recibir a Jesucristo como nuestro Señor y Salvador.

Eso, claro, no les hace nada de sentido a los ateos o a los que pertenecen a otra religión.  Ellos se sacrifican por sus ídolos, matan por sus llamados dioses, y hasta pierden sus inútiles almas por servir a unos ídolos que ni vida tienen.

Romanos 6:23

“Porque la paga del pecado es muerte, mas la dádiva de Dios es vida eterna en Cristo Jesús Señor nuestro.” Merecemos la muerte eterna quemándonos en el lago de fuego y pasar la eternidad separados de Dios, pero siendo que nuestro Dios es amor y justicia, envió a su Hijo para que muriera en nuestro lugar.  Su Hijo sufrió la muerte que merecemos nosotros.  Por gracia, favor inmerecido, Dios nos perdona de todo pecado si aceptamos a su Hijo como nuestro Señor y Salvador.

Romanos 5:6-8

“Porque Cristo, cuando aún éramos débiles (pecadores), a su tiempo murió por los impíos.  Ciertamente, apenas morirá alguno por un justo; con todo, pudiera ser que alguno osara morir por el bueno. Mas Dios muestra su amor para con nosotros, en que siendo aún pecadores, Cristo murió por nosotros.” Jesucristo ni siquiera esperó que nos arrepintiéramos o que dejáramos de pecar antes de proveernos la salvación.  La gente no pudo, no puede y no podrá entender que un Dios perfecto, santo, sagrado y divino diera su vida por nosotros los pecadores.  ¡Es inimaginable!

1 Corintios 1:18-21

“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.  Pues está escrito: Destruiré la sabiduría de los sabios, y desecharé el entendimiento de los entendidos.  ¿Dónde está el sabio? ¿Dónde está el escriba? ¿Dónde está el disputador de este siglo? ¿No ha enloquecido Dios la sabiduría del mundo?  Pues ya que en la sabiduría de Dios, el mundo no conoció a Dios mediante la sabiduría, agradó a Dios salvar a los creyentes por la locura de la predicación. “ Que nuestro Dios sufriera y muriera por nosotros es una locura incomprensible para los incrédulos.  No entienden los caminos del Señor, porque sus caminos son mucho más altos que los nuestros (Isaías 55:8-9).

1 Corintios 1:23

“Pero nosotros (el apóstol Pablo y los discípulos) predicamos a Cristo crucificado, para los judíos ciertamente tropezadero, y para los gentiles locura.” Los judíos no aceptaron a Jesucristo como el Mesías, porque esperaban que llegara en poder y destruyera a los romanos.  Los gentiles (los griegos y toda persona que no fuera judía) no lo aceptaron, porque era humilde, manso, simpático, y ni siquiera se defendió.  ¿Lo aceptas tú? ¿Lo aceptas como el Hijo de Dios – como Dios en persona?

1 Corintios 2:14

“Pero el hombre natural no percibe las cosas que son del Espíritu de Dios, porque para él son locura, y no las puede entender, porque se han de discernir espiritualmente.” El hombre natural no puede comprender el amor de Dios, su sabiduría, sus caminos, sus motivos sus objetivos ni su meta. Esa es la razón por la cual muchos científicos jamás serán cristianos.  Claro algunos de ellos sí se han convertido, porque Dios los ama a ellos también.

Los científicos quienes son inteligentes saben que si la vida comenzó con lo que le llaman “The Big Bang Theory” alguien tenía que haberle dado el inicio.  Nada viene de la nada, y nada comienza por sí mismo. Ese alguien quien puede iniciar lo que sea tiene que ser Dios.

La verdadera locura es el pensar que venimos de la nada. que la vida comenzó sola o que evolucionamos de los animales.  Ya no hubiera animales, continuaríamos evolucionando – cambiando, y nuevas especies de animales estuvieran originando.  No está sucediendo.  Hay momias de gatos que tienen cuatro mil años y no han cambiado de la nada.

Si crees en la vida eterna y que cuando mueras físicamente tu alma no dejará de existir, recibe a Jesucristo en tu corazón como tu Señor y Salvador.  Si crees que tus antecedentes fueron animales y que cuando mueras todo se acaba, no hagas nada.  Cuando llegues al infierno y estés sufriendo confesarás que Jesucristo es Dios y que fuiste engañado, pero ya será demasiado tarde.  La palabra de Dios te dice que busques el rostro de Dios mientras pueda ser hallado (Isaías 55:6-7).

La decisión es tuya.  Nadie la puede hacer por ti.  Simplemente recuerda que tu decisión tendrá consecuencias eternas.  ¡Buena Suerte!

rlsalvation@sbcglobal.net   rlsalvation@gmail.com  28 de Julio 2016

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NO OTHER GOSPEL

Other than the Lord Jesus Christ, according to the word of God there is no other gospel, religion, philosophy, entity or person through which you can attain salvation – eternal life. There is only one way and one way only to salvation, and that, of course, is through Jesus Christ.  If you follow anything or anybody else other than Jesus, you will find yourself suffering in the lake of fire throughout eternity.  Not too exciting, is it?

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.”

These are the words of the apostle Paul to the people of Galatia.  What were they doing?  They were changing the message of salvation, which only comes through Jesus Christ.  No so-called saints, virgins, Krishna, Buddha, Allah, Zeus, the sun, a cow, Mother Earth, the Great White Spirit or anything else can give you salvation.

2 Corinthians 11:1-4

“Oh, that you would bear with me in a little folly—and indeed you do bear with me. For I am jealous for you with godly jealousy. For I have betrothed you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. For if he who comes preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or if you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted—you may well put up with it!”

Paul was afraid that people would seek another God who did not really exist, because there is only one God, and that is…the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.  There is no other!

John 14:6

“Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

This is what Jesus said to Thomas, one of His disciples.  He is the one who became known as “Doubting Thomas.” There is no other gospel, no other God, and no other way to heaven other than accepting Jesus as our Lord and Savior.  He is the only one who paid for our sins, so we could be reconciled with our heavenly Father.

Acts 4:10-12

“let it be known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by Him this man stands here before you whole. This is the ‘stone which was rejected by you builders, which has become the chief cornerstone.’ Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”

The author of this book is presumed to be Luke and he clearly states that there is no other name under which we can be saved. This is the true gospel that was taught from the beginning and it will continue to be taught and preached until Jesus returns for us – that event is known as “The Rapture.” All the signs indicate that we are living in the times when that will occur, but that is a message for another time.

For now what you need to know is that there is only one true gospel, one true word, one truth, one true Savior – Jesus Christ and only one living God, which is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel. If you haven’t met God yet, for whatever the reason, you may do that now.  He will change your life. Read the prayer below and when you fully understand it, pray it to God aloud in all sincerity. He will hear you, forgive you, and give you eternal life.

“Father God, I repent of all my sins.  Please forgive me. I believe and declare that Jesus is your Son, that He suffered and died 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.  I ask Him to be my Lord and Savior and ask the Holy Spirit to live in me.  Thank You, Father.  Amen.”

Find a good Bible-teaching church, joining other believers, praise God and pray to Him on a daily basis.  God bless you!

rlsalvation@sbcglobal.net   rlsalvation@gmail.com   July 21, 2016

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NO HAY OTRO EVANGELIO

Aparte del Señor Jesucristo, según la palabra de Dios no hay otro evangelio, religión, filosofía, entidad o persona por la cual uno pueda ser salvo – tener vida eterna.  Solamente hay una manera, y una manera solamente por la cual se pueda obtener la salvación, y esa manera tiene el nombre de Jesucristo.  Si sigues cualquier otra religión, filosofía, entidad o persona terminarás en el lago de fuego quemándote por toda una eternidad. No suena muy emocionante, ¿verdad?

Gálatas 1:6-9

 Estoy maravillado de que tan pronto se hayan alejado del que los llamó por la gracia de Cristo, para seguir un evangelio diferente.  No que haya otro, sino que hay algunos que los perturban y quieren pervertir el evangelio de Cristo. Mas si aun nosotros, o un ángel del cielo, les anunciara otro evangelio diferente del que les hemos anunciado, sea anatema. Como antes hemos dicho, también ahora lo repito: Si alguno les predica diferente evangelio del que han recibido, sea anatema.”

Esto es lo que el apóstol Pablo les dijo a los gálatas – la gente de esa región.  ¿Qué pasaba allí?  Le estaban cambiando al mensaje de la salvación, diciendo que no solamente llegaba por Jesucristo.  La salvación no puede llegar por ningún llamado santo, virgen, Buda, Krishna, Alá, el sol, una vaca, la madre tierra, ni por cualquier otra cosa que se invente el hombre.

2 Corintios 11:1-4

“!Ojalá me toleren un poco de locura! Sí, me toleran.  Porque tengo celos con celos de Dios; pues les he desposado con un solo esposo, para presentarlos como una virgen pura a Cristo. Pero temo que como la serpiente con su astucia engañó a Eva, sus sentidos sean de alguna manera extraviados de la sincera fidelidad a Cristo. Porque si viene alguno predicando a otro Jesús que el que les hemos predicado, o si reciben otro espíritu que el que han recibido, u otro evangelio que el que han aceptado, bien lo toleran.”

Pablo temía que buscaran otro dios que, en realidad, no existía porque solamente hay un Dios verdadero, y ese Dios es el Dios de Abraham, Isaac e Israel.  No hay otro.

Juan 14:6

“Jesús le dijo: Yo soy el camino, y la verdad, y la vida; nadie viene al Padre, sino por mí.”

Esto es lo que Jesucristo le dijo a Tomás, uno de sus discípulos.  No hay otro dios, evangelio, verdad, religión, filosofía, entidad o persona que haya pagado por nuestros pecados y bajo cual nombre podamos recibir nuestra salvación.  Jesucristo fue el único que murió por nosotros para pagar por nuestros pecados para que pudiéramos tener salvación.

Hechos 4:10-12

 sea notorio a todos ustedes, y a todo el pueblo de Israel, que en el nombre de Jesucristo de Nazaret, a quien ustedes crucificaron y a quien Dios resucitó de los muertos, por él este hombre está en su presencia sano.  Este Jesús es la piedra reprobada por ustedes los edificadores, la cual ha venido a ser cabeza del ángulo. Y en ningún otro hay salvación; porque no hay otro nombre bajo el cielo, dado a los hombres, en que podamos ser salvos.”

Se piensa que el autor de este libro fue Lucas.  Éste claramente declara que no hay otro nombre bajo el cual podamos ser salvos.  Este es el mismo evangelio que se ha enseñado por dos mil años, y continuará siendo el mismo hasta que vuelva Jesucristo por nosotros en el evento conocido como “El Rapto.” Todas las señales indican que ese acontecimiento ya está a la puerta, pero eso es otro mensaje para otro tiempo.

Por ahora todo lo que necesitas saber es que solamente hay un evangelio, una verdad, una palabra verdadera de Dios, y un Salvador – y ese Redentor es Jesucristo el Hijo del Dios de Abraham, Isaac e Israel.  Si te has acercado a Dios, por la razón que sea, debes hacerlo ahorita.  Él cambiará tu vida, y te dará vida eterna con él.  Lee la siguiente oración varias veces hasta que la entiendas bien.  Cuando llegues a ese punto, órasela a Dios en vez alta en sinceridad, él te perdonará, y te dará vida eterna.

“Dios Padre, me arrepiento de mis pecados.  Por favor, perdóname.  Yo creo y confieso que Jesucristo es tu Hijo, que murió en la cruz para pagar por mis pecados, que resucitó al tercer día, y que ahora está a tu derecha en el cielo intercediendo por mí.  Lo acepto como mi Señor y Salvador y te pido que permitas que el Espíritu Santo viva en mí. Gracias, Padre.  Amén.”

Comienza a leer la biblia y empieza a congregarte en una iglesia cristiana donde enseñen directamente de la biblia.  ¡Dios te bendiga!

rlsalvation@sbcglobal.net   rlsalvation@gmail.com  21 de Julio 2016

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GO BEYOND – GO THE EXTRA MILE

Unfortunately many people do not do their share in this world and that puts an extra burden on the rest of us. Then there are those who just barely do enough to get by and they feel good about it.  Fortunately for society there are those who go beyond what is expected of them, not only providing for themselves, but also providing for others.

Matthew 5:38-42

 “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I tell you not to resist an evil person. But whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. If anyone wants to sue you and take away your tunic, let him have your cloak also. And whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two.  Give to him who asks you, and from him who wants to borrow from you do not turn away.”

These are not just any words. They are the words that Jesus left for us.  Go the extra mile means for us to do more than what is expected of us.  Any person can do what is expected of him, but it takes a special one to go beyond that.

Luke 6:35

“But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil.”

When we do beyond what’s expected of us, God will reward us in heaven. Jesus went beyond.  He gave His life for us.

Hebrews 13:16

 But do not forget to do good and to share, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.”

God wants us to do good and share at all times.  That means going beyond our selfish ambitions and way of thinking.  We have to think of others, not only of ourselves.

Proverb 25:21-22

“If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat;  and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink;  for so you will heap coals of fire on his head,  and the Lord will reward you.”

We are definitely going the extra mile when we are nice to our enemies, and that’s exactly what God expects us to do.  After all, before we repented we were God’s enemies, but He suffered, died and resurrected for us anyway.

Luke 6:27-28

““But I say to you who hear: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,  bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you.”

These are the words of our Lord Jesus Christ.  He wants us to go the extra mile and love those who hate us.  Maybe when they see the love of God in us, they will become Christians as well and gain eternal life.

Romans 12:14-21

 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.  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.”

It is not good enough for us to do just what is expected of us, what is minimal or what just fulfills the requirements.  If we are followers of Jesus Christ, we are to go the extra mile, to go beyond what is expected, to see others as God sees them and to treat others as we would like to be treated.

We, the Christians, are to be like Jesus.  That means we are to love the unlovable, be kind to the undeserving, help the weak, pray for the unbelievers and witness to everyone.

rlsalvation@sbcglobal.net     rlsalvation@gmail.com   July 14, 2016

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VE MÁS ALLÁ – CAMINA LA MILLA EXTRA

Desgraciadamente mucha gente no hace lo que le corresponde en este mundo, y eso nos hace la carga más pesada a nosotros. También existen los que hacen simplemente lo necesario para existir, y eso tampoco ayuda.  Afortunadamente algunos de nosotros hacemos más de lo que nos corresponde para que la sociedad pueda seguir adelante.

Mateo 5:38-42

“Oíste que fue dicho: Ojo por ojo, y diente por diente.  Pero yo te digo: No resistas al que es malo; antes, a cualquiera que te hiera en la mejilla derecha, vuélvele también la otra;  y al que quiera ponerte a pleito y quitarte la túnica, déjale también la capa;  y a cualquiera que te obligue a llevar carga por una milla, ve con él dos. Al que te pida, dale; y al que quiera tomar de ti prestado, no se lo rehúses.”

No son solamente palabras en vano.  Es lo que Jesucristo nos dice. Ir con la persona dos millas significa que hagamos más de lo necesario – más de lo que se espera de nosotros. Cualquiera puede hacer lo que se espera de él, pero toma una persona especial para que haga más.

Lucas 6:35

 Amen, pues, a sus enemigos, y hagan bien, y presten, no esperando de ello nada; y será su galardón grande, y serán hijos del Altísimo; porque él es benigno para con los ingratos y malos.”

Cuando hacemos más de lo que se espera de nosotros, Dios nos premiará en el cielo. Jesucristo fue más allá de lo que cualquiera de nosotros hubiera hecho.  Dio su vida por nosotros.

Hebreos 13:16

 Y de hacer bien y de la ayuda mutua no se olviden; porque de tales sacrificios se agrada Dios.”

Dios desea que hagamos el bien y que compartamos todo en cada ocasión. Esto significa olvidar nuestras ambiciones egoístas y modo de pensar.  Tenemos que pensar en el prójimo, no solamente en nosotros.

Proverbio 25:21-22

“Si el que te aborrece tiene hambre, dale de comer pan, y si tiene sed, dale de beber agua;  porque ascuas amontonarás sobre su cabeza, y Jehová te lo pagará.”

Definitivamente caminamos la milla extra cuando tratamos bien a nuestros enemigos, y eso es exactamente lo que Dios quiere que hagamos.  Antes de que nos arrepintiéramos éramos enemigos de Dios, y sin embargo Jesucristo sufrió, murió y resucitó para que pudiéramos tener vida eterna con él

Lucas 6:27-28

“Pero a ustedes los que oyen, les digo: Amen a sus enemigos, hagan bien a los que los aborrecen;  bendigan a los que los maldicen, y oren por los que os calumnian.”

Aquí Jesucristo nos dice que amemos a los que nos odian.  Tal vez cuando vean el amor de Dios en nosotros se les abran los ojos y reciban a Jesucristo como su Señor y Salvador.

Romanos 12:14-21

“Bendigan a los que los persiguen; bendigan, y no maldigan.  Gocen con los que se gozan; lloren con los que lloran.  Unánimes 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. Así que, si tu enemigo tiene hambre, dale de comer; si tiene sed, dale de beber; pues haciendo esto, ascuas de fuego amontonarás sobre su cabeza. No seas vencido de lo malo, sino vence con el bien el mal.”

No es suficiente simplemente que hagamos lo que se requiere de nosotros – lo mínimo. Si somos seguidores de Jesucristo, debemos caminar la milla extra, ir más allá de lo esperado, ver a los otros como Dios los ve y tratar al prójimo como quisiéramos ser tratados.

Nosotros los cristianos debemos ser como Jesucristo.  Eso significa que debemos amar al desagradable, ser simpáticos con el inmerecido,  darles asistencia a los débiles, orar por los incrédulos, y darles testimonio a todos.

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WHEN TROUBLE COMES

No matter who you are, where you live or in what period of time you are living, trouble will come sooner or later.  Many times it comes when you least expect it.  Nobody, but nobody, is exempt from it.  You do not even have to look for it; it will find you.  Trouble began in heaven when the devil rebelled against God, and then it came to earth when Adam and Eve disobeyed God.

Revelation 12:7-9

“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 themin 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.”

Heaven is a perfect place, but even there the devil and one-third of the angels (who are now called fallen angels) brought trouble to God and his angels. What makes you think you will escape having troubles?

Genesis 3:16-18

“To the woman He (God) said: “I will greatly multiply your sorrow and your conception; In pain you shall bring forth children; your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you” Then to Adam He said, “Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat of it’: “Cursed is the ground for your sake; in toil you shall eat of it all the days of your life. Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you, and you shall eat the herb of the field.”

Paradise and the earth were perfect, but because of Adam and Eve’s disobedience, sin and troubles came in.  That is the reason why God cursed the land. Because sin came in, we can expect trouble.  It’s not if it comes, it’s when it comes.

John 16:31-33

“Jesus answered them, “Do you now believe?  Indeed the hour is coming, yes, has now come, that you will be scattered, each to his own, and will leave Me alone. And yet I am not alone, because the Father is with Me.  These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

Just before Jesus went back to heaven, He is telling His disciples to expect trouble, but that He would be with them.  He promises the same thing to us.  Yes, we will go through trials, tribulations and storms, but Jesus will be with us to help us come out on the other side wiser, stronger, with more faith and much better for it.

1 Peter 4:12-13

Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you;  but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy.”

The apostle Peter is telling everyone to expect trouble and to rejoice in it because God’s glory will be revealed as a result of it.  God never promised us a rose garden.  Some pastors and evangelists are exploiting that concept, but God never promised it. A trouble-free life sounds very good, but unfortunately that is only possible in a dream.

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.”

James, the half-brother of Jesus, tells us to count it all joy when we run into problems.  Problems test our faith, make us stronger and help us grow. 

Luke 6:21-23

“Blessed are you who hunger now, for you shall be filled. Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh.  Blessed are you when men hate you, and when they exclude you, and revile you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of Man’s sake.  Rejoice in that day and leap for joy!  For indeed your reward is great in heaven, for in like manner their fathers did to the prophets.”

These are the very words of Jesus as He was teaching His disciples.  Of course, they hold true for us too.  We will receive blessings in heaven and sometimes even here on earth every time we suffer for living the word of God.

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 knows we will run into trouble sooner or later, but He tells us to bring our troubles up to Him in prayer and supplication, so He can help us.  The first thing we should do when we sense that trouble is near is to pray for God to protect us and to give us wisdom.

The best prayer is a preventive one.  Why is that?  It is because if you think in advance of what troubles may lie ahead and you pray so that they won’t happen, and they don’t happen, you are much better off.  Most people wait until they are in hot water, which keeps on getting hotter and hotter, and when they can stand it no longer, they pray to God.

By the way, the most important prayer you can pray is the prayer of salvation. If you have never done it, for whatever the reason, do it now.  If you don’t know how to do it, read the following example, and when you truly understand it, pray it to God.  He will hear you, will forgive you, and will give you salvation – you will spend eternity with Him and not with the devil in the lake of fire.

Receiving Jesus Christ As Your Lord And Savior

“Father God, I repent of all my sins.  I ask You to forgive me and to accept me as your son or daughter as I make Jesus my Lord and Savior.  I believe and confess that He is your Son, that He suffered, died on the cross and resurrected on the third day.  He paid for my sins, so I could have salvation and so the Holy Spirit would live in me to be my constant companion and to guide me.  Amen.”

You are now a child of God.  Fear nothing.  Start reading the Bible.  Find a good born-again Christian church and start congregating there. Good luck!

rlsalvation@sbcglobal.net       rlsalvation@gmail.com    July 7, 2016

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CUANDO LLEGAN LOS PROBLEMAS

No importa quién seas, dónde vivas, o en qué tiempo vivas, los problemas te llegarán tarde o temprano. Casi todo el tiempo te llegan cuando menos los esperas.  Nadie, pero nadie, es exento de ellos.  No tienes que buscarlos; te encuentran por su propia cuenta.  Los problemas comenzaron en el tercer cielo cuando el diablo se rebeló contra Dios, y luego llegaron a la tierra con la desobediencia de Adán y Eva.

Apocalipsis 12:7-9

“Después hubo una gran batalla en el cielo: Miguel y sus ángeles luchaban contra el dragón; y luchaban el dragón y sus ángeles; pero no prevalecieron, ni se halló ya lugar para ellos en el cielo. Y fue lanzado fuera el gran dragón, la serpiente antigua, que se llama diablo y Satanás, el cual engaña al mundo entero; fue arrojado a la tierra, y sus ángeles fueron arrojados con él.”

El cielo es un lugar perfecto, pero aún ahí el diablo y la tercera parte de los ángeles (ahora conocidos como los ángeles caídos) le trajeron problemas a Dios cuando se rebelaron.  ¿Qué te hace pensar que tú no tendrás problemas?

Génesis 3:16-18

“A la mujer (Dios le) dijo: Multiplicaré en gran manera los dolores en tus preñeces; con dolor darás a luz los hijos; y tu deseo será para tu marido, y él se enseñoreará de ti. Y al hombre dijo: Por cuanto obedeciste a la voz de tu mujer, y comiste del árbol de que te mandé diciendo: No comerás de él; maldita será la tierra por tu causa; con dolor comerás de ella todos los días de tu vida. Espinos y cardos te producirá, y comerás plantas del campo.”

El paraíso y el planeta tierra eran perfectos, pero cuando Adán y Eva desobedecieron, les abrieron la puerta al pecado y a los problemas. Por esa razón Dios maldijo la tierra.  Porque entró el pecado, podemos esperar problemas.  No es si vendrán, sino cuando nos llegarán.

Juan 16:31-33

Jesús les respondió: ¿Ahora creen?  He aquí la hora viene, y ha venido ya, en que serán esparcidos cada uno por su lado, y me dejarán solo; mas no estoy solo, porque el Padre está conmigo.  Estas cosas les he hablado para que en mí tengan paz. En el mundo tendrán aflicción; pero confíen, yo he vencido al mundo.”

Poco antes de regresar al cielo, Jesucristo les dice a sus discípulos que esperen problemas, pero que él estará con ellos.  Nos promete a nosotros lo mismo.  Sí, tendremos problemas, pruebas, tormentas, y tribulaciones, pero Dios estará con nosotros para que salgamos más fuertes, con más fe, con más sabiduría, y mucho mejor por haber vencido.

1 Pedro 4:12-13

 Amados, no se sorprendan del fuego de prueba que les ha sobrevenido, como si alguna cosa extraña les aconteciera, sino gocen por cuanto son participantes de los padecimientos de Cristo, para que también en la revelación de su gloria se gocen con gran alegría.”

El apóstol Pedro nos dice a todos que esperemos problemas, pero que nos regocijemos en ellos para que se revele la gloria de Dios. Dios jamás nos prometió un jardín de rosas.  Algunos pastores y evangelistas están explotando ese concepto, pero no es verdad.  Una vida sin problemas suena como algo excelente, pero es inalcanzable mientras estemos en este mundo. Cuando moremos en el cielo con Dios sí tendremos ese amor, paz, serenidad, hermandad, seguridad, armonía, y mucho más.

Santiago 1:2-4

“Hermanos míos, tengan por sumo gozo cuando se hallen en diversas pruebas, sabiendo que la prueba de su fe produce paciencia. Mas tenga la paciencia su obra completa, para que sean perfectos y cabales, sin que les falte cosa alguna.”

Santiago, el medio hermano de Jesucristo, nos dice que lo tengamos por gozo cuando estemos pasando por pruebas difíciles.  Los problemas ponen a prueba nuestra fe, nos hacen más fuertes, y nos ayudan a crecer.

Lucas 6:21-23

Bienaventurados los que ahora tienen hambre, porque serán saciados. Bienaventurados los que ahora lloran, porque reirán. Bienaventurados serán cuando los hombres los aborrezcan, y cuando los aparten de sí, y los vituperen, y desechen su nombre como malo, por causa del Hijo del Hombre. Gocen en aquel día, y alégrense, porque he aquí su galardón es grande en los cielos; porque así hacían sus padres con los profetas.”

Son las palabras de Jesucristo cuando instruía a sus discípulos.  Claro, son vigentes para nosotros también.  Cada vez que suframos por la palabra de Dios, recibiremos recompensa en el cielo, y tal vez aquí en este mundo también.

Filipenses 4:6-7

“Por nada estén afanosos, sino sean conocidas sus peticiones delante de Dios en toda oración y ruego, con acción de gracias. Y la paz de Dios, que sobrepasa todo entendimiento, guardará sus corazones y sus pensamientos en Cristo Jesús.”

Dios sabe que tendremos problemas, tarde o temprano, y por eso nos dice que se los traigamos a él en súplica y entonces nos ayudará. Lo primero que debemos hacer cuando sentimos que se acerca el peligro es orarle a Dios para que nos proteja y para que nos dé sabiduría qué hacer. La mejor oración es la de prevención, porque si pensamos de antemano lo que pueda suceder y oramos para que no suceda y no sucede, nos hemos salvado de ese peligro.  La mayoría de la gente no ora hasta que ya no puede soportar el problema. Muchas veces esas oraciones ya no tienen efecto; ya es demasiado tarde.

A propósito, la oración más importante es la de la salvación.  Si nunca la has hecho, por la razón que sea, hazla ahorita.  No hay mejor tiempo que el presente.  Si no sabes cómo hacerla, lee la siguiente oración, y cuando, en realidad, la entiendas, órasela a Dios.  Él te oirá, te perdonará, y te dará salvación – pasarás la eternidad con él, y no con el diablo en el lago de fuego.

Recibir A Jesucristo Como Tu Señor Y Salvador

“Dios Padre, me arrepiento de mis pecados. Te pido que me perdones. Creo y confieso que Jesucristo es tu hijo, que es mi Señor y Salvador, que murió en la cruz para pagar por mis pecados, y que está a tu diestra abogando por mí. Permíteme ser tu hijo y que el Espíritu Santo viva en mí.  ¡Gracias, Padre! Amén.”

Ahora eres hijo de Dios.  No le temas a nada.  Lee la biblia. Encuentra una iglesia cristiana para congregarte y haz amigos allí.  ¡Dios te bendiga!

rlsalvation@sbcglobal.net     rlsalvation@gmail.com  7 de Julio 2016

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DO EVERYTHING AS UNTO GOD

Whatever you do, do it as if you were doing it for God Himself. No matter how important or unimportant the task is, do it as unto God. If you do that every single time, you will be doing your best and God will be happy with you, not to mention the people who are around you. Of course it will help you too because you will have a clear conscience and will feel good about yourself.

Colossians 3:23-24

“And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for] you serve the Lord Christ.”

The apostle Paul in his letter to the Colossians is telling them to do everything as if they were doing directly for Jesus Christ.  That also applies to us.  No matter what task we do, we should do it to the best of our ability.

Ephesians 6:5-8

“Bondservants, be obedient to those who are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in sincerity of heart, as to Christ; not with eye service, as men-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, with goodwill doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men,  knowing that whatever good anyone does, he will receive the same from the Lord, whether he is a slave or free.”

When we do the best we can with good intentions, sometimes people will reward us, but many times they will not.  It does not really matter because we will receive our rewards in heaven from the Lord Himself. 

Romans 2:6-8

 (God) who will render to each one according to his deeds”:  eternal life to those who by patient continuance in doing good seek for glory, honor, and immortality;  but to those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness—indignation and wrath.”

God will bless with salvation those who have accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, and because they have, they will also be doing good works.

Galatians 6:8-10

“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.  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.”

The apostle Paul is telling the Galatians and us not to grow weary of doing good.  In other words, we should do everything as if we were doing it unto God Himself.  That is the key to doing God’s will and to live a Christian life.

2 Thessalonians 3:13-14

 But as for you, brethren, do not grow weary in doing good.  And if anyone does not obey our word in this epistle, note that person and do not keep company with him, that he may be ashamed.”

God does not like lazy people and neither did the apostle Paul.  That is why Paul is telling the Thessalonians and us not to associate with lazy people.  People should invest in their eternal destiny by receiving Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, and by doing good works.

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.”

Let us be very clear here.  God wants us to do good works, but our salvation does not depend on them.  Our salvation comes through Jesus Christ (John 14:6).  He suffered, died on the cross and resurrected for our salvation.

The main point and crux of this message is that whatever you do you should do it as unto God. That will lead you to do good works.  However those good works will not give you salvation, but you should do them just the same, because by doing them you are storing treasures for yourself in heaven (Matthew 6:19-21).

rlsalvation@sbcglobal.net  rlsalvation@gmail.com  June 30, 2016

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HAZ TODO COMO SI FUERA PARA DIOS

No importa lo que hagas, hazlo como si fuera para Dios mismo.  Sin importar la importancia de la obra, hazla para Dios.  Si haces eso constantemente, darás lo mejor de ti, Dios estará contento contigo, y también las personas quienes están en tu esfera de influencia.  También te ayudará a ti, porque tendrás la consciencia limpia y te sentirás bien de ti mismo.

Colosenses 3:23-24

Y todo lo que hagan, háganlo de corazón, como para el Señor y no para los hombres; sabiendo que del Señor recibirán la recompensa de la herencia, porque a Cristo el Señor sirven.”

El apóstol Pablo en su carta a los colosenses les dice que hagan todo como si fuera para Dios. Eso también nos lo dice a nosotros.  No importa lo que hagamos, debemos hacerlo como si fuera directamente para Dios.

Efesios 6:5-8

 Siervos, obedezcan a sus amos terrenales con temor y temblor, con sencillez de su corazón, como a Cristo;  no sirviendo al ojo, como los que quieren agradar a los hombres, sino como siervos de Cristo, de corazón haciendo la voluntad de Dios; sirviendo de buena voluntad, como al Señor y no a los hombres, sabiendo que el bien que cada uno haga, ése recibirá del Señor, sea siervo o sea libre.”

Cuando hacemos lo mejor que podemos con buenas intenciones, a veces la gente lo agradece y nos recompensa, pero a veces no.  En realidad, no importa porque nuestro Señor Jesucristo nos dará la verdadera recompensa en el cielo.

Romanos 2:6-8

(Dios)el cual (le)  pagará a cada uno conforme a sus obras: vida eterna a los que, perseverando en bien hacer, buscan gloria y honra e inmortalidad, pero ira y enojo a los que son contenciosos y no obedecen a la verdad, sino que obedecen a la injusticia.”

Dios bendecirá dándoles salvación a los que hayan aceptado a Jesucristo como su Señor y Salvador, y porque se han arrepentido transformando sus mentes – su modo de pensar –  ya han hecho buenas obras y continuarán haciéndolas.

Gálatas 6:8-10

“Porque el que siembra para su carne, de la carne segará corrupción; mas el que siembra para el Espíritu, del Espíritu segará vida eterna.  No nos cansemos, pues, de hacer bien; porque a su tiempo segaremos, si no desmayamos.  Así que, según tengamos oportunidad, hagamos bien a todos, y mayormente a los de la familia de la fe.” (La familia de la fe son las personas quienes han recibido a Jesucristo como su Dios, Señor y Salvador).

El apóstol Pablo les dice a los gálatas y a nosotros también que uno no se canse de hacer el bien. Todo se debe hacer como si fuera para Dios. Esa es la clave para hacer la voluntad de Dios, y para vivir una vida cristiana.

2 Tesalonicenses 3:13-14

 Y ustedes, hermanos, no se cansen de hacer bien.  Si alguno no obedece a lo que decimos por medio de esta carta, a ése señálenlo, y no se junten con él, para que se avergüence.”

A Dios no le gusta la gente perezosa ni al apóstol Pablo tampoco.  Por eso Pablo les dice a los tesalonicenses que no se junten con esa clase de gente. La gente debe invertir en su vida eterna. Se hace al recibir a Jesucristo como Señor y Salvador y al hacer buenas obras.

Efesios 2:8-10

“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 (de Jesucristo porque él es el Creador), creados en Cristo Jesús para buenas obras, las cuales Dios preparó de antemano para que anduviésemos en ellas”.

Este punto tiene que esclarecerse.  La voluntad de Dios es que hagamos buenas obras, pero nuestra salvación no depende de ellas.  Nuestra salvación nos viene por medio de Jesucristo (Juan 14:6). Él sufrió, murió en la cruz, y resucitó por nuestra salvación. Nosotros no podemos ganárnosla.

El punto primordial y crucial de este mensaje es que todo lo que hagas, lo hagas como si fuera directamente para Dios.  Eso te llevará a las buenas obras, y al hacerlas te harás tesoros en el cielo (Mateo 6:19-21).

rlsalvation@sbcglobal.net   rlsalvation@gmail.com  30 de Junio 2016

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DRY BONES

Dry bones can be any situation that is not functioning at all or that is not functioning properly.  It can be your marriage, family, employment, business, a relationship, health, or anything else that needs a boost.  The positive side of the truth is that you can do something about it. The negative side is that if you don’t do anything to improve it, it will stay the same or get worse.

Ezekiel 37-1-10

“The hand of the Lord came upon me (the prophet Ezekiel) and brought me out in the Spirit of the Lord, and set me down in the midst of the valley; and it was full of bones.  Then He caused me to pass by them all around, and behold, there were very many in the open valley; and indeed they were very dry. And He said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” So I answered, “O Lord God, You know.” Again He said to me, “Prophesy to these bones, and say to them, ‘O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord!  Thus says the Lord God to these bones: “Surely I will cause breath to enter into you, and you shall live. I will put sinews on you and bring flesh upon you, cover you with skin and put breath in you; and you shall live. Then you shall know that I am the Lord.”’” So I prophesied as I was commanded; and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and suddenly a rattling; and the bones came together, bone to bone.  Indeed, as I looked, the sinews and the flesh came upon them, and the skin covered them over; but there was no breath in them. Also He said to me, “Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they may live.”’”  So I prophesied as He commanded me, and breath came into them, and they lived, and stood upon their feet, an exceedingly great army.”

The dry bones represented the Jewish people.  They had moved away from God, so as far as He was concerned they were dead to him.  If you have never received Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior or if you, a Christian in name only, have moved away from God, you are dead to Him. You are dry bones. Either way, God wants to give you life (salvation – living with Him eternally).

John 11:38-44

 Then Jesus, again groaning in Himself, came to the tomb (Lazarus Jesus’ friend had been dead for four days). It was a cave, and a stone lay against it.  Jesus said, “Take away the stone.”Martha, the sister of him who was dead, said to Him, “Lord, by this time there is a stench, for he has been dead four days.”Jesus said to her, “Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?”  Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead man was lying. And Jesus lifted up His eyes and said, “Father, I thank You that You have heard Me.  And I know that You always hear Me, but because of the people who are standing by I said this, that they may believe that You sent Me.”  Now when He had said these things, He cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth!”  And he who had died came out bound hand and foot with grave clothes, and his face was wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Loose him, and let him go.”

Lazarus was as dead as could be, but Jesus resurrected him because He has power over life and death, and over everything else. If something is dead in your life, Jesus can resurrect it if you put your faith and trust in Him.

Romans 4:16-17

“Therefore it is of faith that it might be according to grace (undeserved favor), so that the promise might be sure to all the seed (descendants), not only to those who are of the law, but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all  (as it is written, “I have made you a father of many nations”) in the presence of Him whom he believed—God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did.”

God can arrange it for things that don’t exist to exist.  God can put life into a dead relationship you may have. He can bring good health to a body that the doctors may say has no hope.

Numbers 22:27-30

“When the donkey saw the Angel of the Lord, she lay down under Balaam; so Balaam’s anger was aroused, and he struck the donkey with his staff. Then the Lord opened the mouth of the donkey, and she said to Balaam, “What have I done to you, that you have struck me these three times?”And Balaam said to the donkey, “Because you have abused me. I wish there were a sword in my hand, for now I would kill you!” So the donkey said to Balaam, “Am I not your donkey on which you have ridden, ever since I became yours, to this day? Was I ever disposed to do this to you?” And he said, “No.”

Balaam was a false prophet and he was going to a place to prophesy against the Jewish people, so God sent an angel to stop him.  Balaam did not see the angel, but the donkey did, and God had the donkey speak to Balaam.  That’s because with God all things are possible (Mark 10:27) and all things are possible for the person who believes (Mark 9:23).  You ought to be that person who believes and God will do miracles for you.

Acts 3:1-8

“Now Peter and John (two of Jesus’ apostles) went up together to the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth (3 pm) hour.  And a certain man lame from his mother’s womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms from those who entered the temple; who, seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple, asked for alms (donation/charity).  And fixing his eyes on him, with John, Peter said, “Look at us.” So he gave them his attention, expecting to receive something (money) from them. Then Peter said, “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.” And he took him by the right hand and lifted him up, and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength.  So he, leaping up, stood and walked and entered the temple with them—walking, leaping, and praising God.”

His legs were dead – dry bones, but with his faith and Peter’s prayer he was healed immediately. If there is a need in your life, which represents dry bones, take it up to God. Maybe nobody wants to help you or maybe they don’t have the ability, but not only does God have the ability,  He actually  wants to help you.

Is Your Situation One Of “Dry Bones?”

If you have a “Dry-Bones Situation” take it up to God in prayer.  He can do the impossible. What may be impossible to you is very possible to God.  He has the ability to turn things around. Don’t take man’s word as the final authority.  God’s ways are much higher than ours (Isaiah 55:8-9).  If all the doors are shut to you, don’t despair or lose heart, God can make a door where there is no door.

If this article helped you, let me know. I love to hear from you.  God bless you!

rlsalvation@sbcglobal.net     rlsalvation@gmail.com   June 23, 2016

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HUESOS SECOS

Huesos secos puede ser cualquier situación que no funciona de la nada o que no funciona adecuadamente.  Puede ser tu matrimonio, familia, negocio, empleo, salud, relación con otra persona, o cualquier aspecto de tu vida.  El lado positivo es que la puedes cambiar, mientras que el lado negativo es que si no haces nada, la situación permanecerá igual o se empeorará.

Ezequiel 37:1-10

“La mano de Jehová vino sobre mí (el profeta Ezequiel), y me llevó en el Espíritu de Jehová, y me puso en medio de un valle que estaba lleno de huesos.  Y me hizo pasar cerca de ellos por todo en derredor; y he aquí que eran muchísimos sobre la faz del campo, y por cierto secos en gran manera.  Y me dijo: Hijo de hombre, ¿vivirán estos huesos? Y dije: Señor Jehová, tú lo sabes. Me dijo entonces: Profetiza sobre estos huesos, y diles: Huesos secos, oigan palabra de Jehová. Así ha dicho Jehová el Señor a estos huesos: He aquí, yo hago entrar espíritu en ustedes, y vivirán. Y pondré tendones sobre ustedes, y haré subir sobre ustedes carne, y los cubriré de piel, y pondré en ustedes espíritu, y vivirán; y sabrán que yo soy Jehová.  Profeticé, pues, como me fue mandado; y hubo un ruido mientras yo profetizaba, y he aquí un temblor; y los huesos se juntaron cada hueso con su hueso. Y miré, y he aquí tendones sobre ellos, y la carne subió, y la piel cubrió por encima de ellos; pero no había en ellos espíritu. Y me dijo: Profetiza al espíritu, profetiza, hijo de hombre, y di al espíritu: Así ha dicho Jehová el Señor: Espíritu, ven de los cuatro vientos, y sopla sobre estos muertos, y vivirán. Y profeticé como me había mandado, y entró espíritu en ellos, y vivieron, y estuvieron sobre sus pies; un ejército grande en extremo.”

Los huesos secos representaban a la gente judía.  Los israelitas se habían alejado de Dios, y por eso estaban muertos para Dios.  Si jamás has recibido a Jesucristo como tu Señor y Salvador, o si eres cristiano y te has alejado de Dios, estás muerto para él.  Eres huesos secos.  Sea como sea, Dios quiere que te acerques a él para bendecirte y darte salvación.

Juan 11:38-44

“Jesús, profundamente conmovido otra vez, vino al sepulcro. Era una cueva, y tenía una piedra puesta encima.  Dijo Jesús: Quiten la piedra. Marta, la hermana del que había muerto (Lázaro), le dijo: Señor, hiede ya, porque es de cuatro días.  Jesús le dijo: ¿No te he dicho que si crees, verás la gloria de Dios?  Entonces quitaron la piedra de donde había sido puesto el muerto. Y Jesús, alzando los ojos a lo alto, dijo: Padre, gracias te doy por haberme oído. Yo sabía que siempre me oyes; pero lo dije por causa de la multitud que está alrededor, para que crean que tú me has enviado. Y habiendo dicho esto, clamó a gran voz: !!Lázaro, ven fuera! Y el que había muerto salió, atadas las manos y los pies con vendas, y el rostro envuelto en un sudario. Jesús les dijo: Desátenlo, y déjenlo ir.”

Lázaro tenía cuatro días de muerto, pero Jesucristo lo resucitó, porque él tiene poder sobre la vida, la muerte y sobre todo lo demás.  Si algo está muerto en tu vida, Jesucristo puede resucitarlo si pones tu confianza y fe en él.

Romanos 4:16-17

“Por tanto, es por fe, para que sea por gracia, a fin de que la promesa sea firme para toda su descendencia; no solamente para la que es de la ley, sino también para la que es de la fe de Abraham, el cual es padre de todos nosotros (como está escrito: Te he puesto por padre de muchas gentes delante de Dios, a quien creyó, el cual da vida a los muertos, y llama las cosas que no son, como si fuesen. “

Dios puede hacer lo que no existe que exista. Él le puede dar vida a una relación muerta que, tal vez, tú tengas.  Pude sanar un cuerpo que parezca no tener esperanzas. En fin, él puede mejorar cualquier situación.

Números 22:27-30

“Y viendo el asna al ángel de Jehová, se echó debajo de Balaam; y Balaam se enojó y azotó al asna con un palo.  Entonces Jehová abrió la boca al asna, la cual dijo a Balaam: ¿Qué te he hecho, que me has azotado estas tres veces? Y Balaam respondió al asna: Porque te has burlado de mí. !!Ojalá tuviera espada en mi mano, que ahora te mataría! Y el asna dijo a Balaam: ¿No soy yo tu asna? Sobre mí has cabalgado desde que tú me tienes hasta este día; ¿he acostumbrado hacerlo así contigo? Y él respondió: No.”

Balaam era un falso profeta e iba a profetizar en contra de Israel.  Dios mandó un ángel para que lo detuviera.  Balaam no había visto al ángel, pero el asna sí, y Dios le dio la habilidad al asna de hablar.  Eso sucedió porque para Dios todo es posible (Marcos 10:27), y para el creyente también todo es posible (Marcos 9:23).  Tú debes ser la persona que cree para que Dios te haga milagros.

Hechos 3:1-8

“Pedro y Juan subían juntos al templo a la hora novena (las 3 de la tarde), la de la oración.  Y era traído un hombre cojo de nacimiento, a quien ponían cada día a la puerta del templo que se llama la Hermosa, para que pidiese limosna de los que entraban en el templo. Este, cuando vio a Pedro y a Juan que iban a entrar en el templo, les rogaba que le diesen limosna. Pedro, con Juan, fijando en él los ojos, le dijo: Míranos.  Entonces él les estuvo atento, esperando recibir de ellos algo (dinero). Mas Pedro dijo: No tengo plata ni oro, pero lo que tengo te doy; en el nombre de Jesucristo de Nazaret, levántate y anda. Y tomándole por la mano derecha le levantó; y al momento se le afirmaron los pies y tobillos; y saltando, se puso en pie y anduvo; y entró con ellos en el templo, andando, y saltando, y alabando a Dios.”

Sus piernas estaban muertas – huesos secos, pero por su fe, la oración de Pedro, y la compasión de Dios, el hombre fue sanado.  Si hay una necesidad en tu vida – huesos secos – llévasela en oración a Dios.  Tal vez nadie quiera ayudarte o alguien sí quiere, pero no puede. Dios tiene la habilidad y el deseo de ayudarte.  ¡Acércate a él!

¿Estás Viviendo Una Situación De Huesos Secos?

Si estás viviendo una situación de huesos secos, llévasela a Dios en oración. Él puede hacer lo imposible.  Lo que es imposible para ti es muy posible para Dios.  Él puede cambiar o voltear cualquier situación.  No recibas la palabra del hombre como la máxima autoridad. Los caminos de Dios son mucho más altos que los nuestros (Isaías 55:8-9).  Si se te han cerrado todas las puertas, no te frustres ni te preocupes.  Dios puede construir una puerta donde no hay.

Si este artículo te ayudó, escríbeme. ¡Dios te bendiga!

rlsalvation@sbcglobal.net    rlsalvation@gmail.com  23 de Junio 2016

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IT’S FOOLISHNESS TO PEOPLE

The message of the cross is foolishness to people.  They think of it as foolish  because it does not make sense to them.  There are many things they do not understand. Some of them are: 1. Jesus been born from a virgin who had not had sexual relations with a man. 2. The omnipotent God leaving His throne in heaven to become a fragile human. 3. The guiltless and sinless God giving up His life for sinners.  4. A dead person resurrecting from the dead. 5. Jesus claiming to be the Son of God while people knew His family here on earth.

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.”

The unbelievers cannot comprehend how a powerful God would allow Himself to be crucified just to pay for our sins.  They do not understand because God’s ways are much higher than ours (Isaiah 55:8-9).  It does not make sense to them because they do not understand that pure, agape, unconditional and sincere kind of love.

Hebrews 9:22

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

In order to pay for our sins, blood had to be shed.  In the Old Testament God required the blood of a perfect animal, but in the New Testament it had to be the perfect blood of a sinless person and the only one who could possibly fulfill that was Jesus. He came from heaven with that mission and He accomplished it.

Romans 5:7-9

“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. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.”

Unbelievers cannot understand that kind of love. Not only did Jesus died for us, but He did it while we still are deep in sin. He did not wait for us to repent, to come to Him, to leave the sin behind, to clean ourselves or to start doing good works.

Luke 23:34

“Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do…”

This is what Jesus was asking Father God before dying on the cross.  He was asking God to forgive those who were killing Him.  Unbelievers cannot accept the fact that an all-powerful God would allow Himself to be killed and then forgive those who did it.

I Corinthians 1:27-28

“But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty;  and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are.”

The reason people do not understand is because they think God should choose the strong, the intelligent, the wealthy, the talented, the selfish and the famous, but instead He chooses the weak, the sick, the humble, the meek and the lost, which, of course, is foolishness to the unbelievers. Are you one of those unbelievers?

Although it may sound foolish to some people, if you are ill, going through difficult times, can’t find a job, can’t find the perfect mate, or the problems are overwhelming you, turn to God for help.  You will not be mired in foolishness, but you will be covered by God’s grace, which is unmerited favor.  That’s right you do not deserve it – none of us do – but God will respond to your pleas because He actually loves you unconditionally.

God does not turn away any person who calls on the name of Jesus.  John 6:35-37 says:  “ And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.  But I said to you that you have seen Me and yet do not believe. All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out.”

No matter what you may have done, Jesus will forgive you if you come to Him.  He will give you salvation.  No matter what problem you may have, God can help you if you pray to Him in faith. Talk to Him – it is not foolishness, but it is foolishness not to believe in Him and not to pray to Him.

rlsalvation@sbcglobal.net       rlsalvation@gmail.com  June 17, 2016

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ES LOCURA PARA LA GENTE

El mensaje de la cruz es locura para la gente.  Piensan que es locura porque no les hace sentido.  Hay muchas cosas que no entienden.  Algunas de ellas son:  1. Que Jesucristo nació de una virgen quien no había conocido hombre sexualmente. 2. Que el dios omnipotente dejara su trono en el cielo para convertirse en hombre y sufrir.  3. Que un dios sin culpabilidad, pecado ni mancha diera su vida por gente pecadora. 4. Que un muerto resucitara de entre los muertos. 5. Que Jesús pretendiera ser Dios cuando todos conocían a sus padres y a sus hermanos.

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.”

Los incrédulos no pueden comprender cómo un dios todopoderoso permitiría ser crucificado para pagar por nuestros pecados. No lo entienden porque los pensamientos de Dios son mucho más altos que los nuestros (Isaías 55:8-9).  No les hace sentido, porque no piensan que puede existir un amor puro, ágape, incondicional y sincero.

Hebreos 9:22

“Y casi todo es purificado, según la ley, con sangre; y sin derramamiento de sangre no se hace remisión (de los pecados).”

Sangre tenía que ser derramada para que se pagaran nuestros pecados. En el Viejo Testamento Dios requiría la sangre de un animal perfecto, pero en el Nuevo Testamento tenía que ser la sangre pura de una persona sin pecado, y la única persona quien podía cumplir con ese requisito era, es y siempre será Jesucristo.  Vino del cielo con esa misión y la cumplió.

Romanos 5:7-9

“Ciertamente, apenas morirá alguno por un justo; con todo, pudiera ser que alguno osara morir por el bueno. Mas Dios muestra su amor para con nosotros, en que siendo aún pecadores, Cristo murió por nosotros. Pues mucho más, estando ya justificados en su sangre, por él seremos salvos de la ira.”

Los incrédulos no alcanzan a comprender esa clase de amor.  Jesucristo no solamente murió por nosotros, sino que lo hizo cuando estábamos hundidos en el pecado antes que nos arrepintiéramos, antes que viniéramos a él, antes que cambiáramos, antes que nos limpiáramos, y antes que comenzáramos a hacer buenas obras.

Lucas 23:34

“Y Jesús decía: Padre, perdónalos, porque no saben lo que hacen…”

Esto es lo que Jesucristo le pedía a Dios Padre antes de morir en la cruz. Le pedía a Dios que perdonara a los que lo estaban matando. Los incrédulos no pueden aceptar que un dios todopoderoso permitiera ser torturado hasta morir y luego perdonar a los malhechores.

1 Corintios 1:27-28

“Sino que lo necio del mundo escogió Dios, para avergonzar a los sabios; y lo débil del mundo escogió Dios, para avergonzar a lo fuerte; y lo vil del mundo y lo menospreciado escogió Dios, y lo que no es, para deshacer lo que es.”

La razón que la gente no entiende es porque piensa que Dios debe escoger a los fuertes, inteligentes, ricos, famosos, talentosos y a los egoístas, pero Dios escoge a los débiles, a los enfermos, a los pobres, a los humildes, a los mansos, y a los que están perdidos.  Lo que hace Dios, desde luego, es locura y tontería para los incrédulos. ¿Eres tú uno de ellos?

Aunque algunos piensen que es una locura, si estás enfermo, pasas por tiempos difíciles, no tienes empleo, no tienes pareja, o los problemas te subyugan, pídele a Dios que te ayude. No te sumergirás en la locura, pero sí recibirás la gracia de Dios – favor inmerecido. Así es – no lo mereces – ninguno de nosotros lo merecemos – pero Dios sí te responderá, porque él te ama incondicionalmente.

Dios no rechaza a ninguna persona quien le clama en el nombre de Jesucristo. Juan 6:35-37 dice: “Jesús les dijo: Yo soy el pan de vida; el que a mí viene, nunca tendrá hambre; y el que en mí cree, no tendrá sed jamás. Mas les he dicho, que aunque me han visto, no creen. Todo lo que el Padre me da, vendrá a mí; y al que a mí viene, no le echo fuera.”

No importa lo que hayas hecho, Jesús te perdona si vienes a él.  Te dará salvación. No importa cuales problemas puedas tener, Dios te ayuda si le oras en fe.  Háblale – no es locura ni tontería, pero sí lo es no creer en él y no orarle.

rlsalvation@sbcglobal.net    rlsalvation@gmail.com   17 de Junio 2016

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I CAN’T DO IT

When a person, for whatever reason, says, “I can’t do it,” the chances are he will not be able to do it.  In most cases what a person confesses that’s what takes place.  The words that are spoken take a life of their own.  Words can edify or destroy a project and, of course, even a person.

Most people are totally mistaken because they think life is about what they can do.  The reality is that life is about what God will do through us.  Of course we have to be willing vessels.  He does not force us to do what we don’t want to do.

Genesis 2:15-17

 Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it. And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat;  but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”

God asked Adam and Eve to obey, but,  in essence with their actions and disobedience, they told Him: “We can’t do it because we won’t do it.”  Of course they could have obeyed, but because they started wavering and vacillating, they did not.  Because of their unwillingness to obey, sin came into the world.

Numbers 13:30-33

“Then Caleb quieted the people before Moses, and said, “Let us go up at once and take possession, for we are well able to overcome it.”But the men who had gone up with him said, “We are not able to go up against the people, for they are stronger than we.”  And they gave the children of Israel a bad report of the land which they had spied out, saying, “The land through which we have gone as spies is a land that devours its inhabitants, and all the people whom we saw in it are men of great stature.  There we saw the giants (the descendants of Anak came from the giants); and we were like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight.”

Moses sent out twelve spies to spy out the land of Canaan to see how it was and how they would conquer it.  Ten of them came back saying, “We can’t do it.”  With God’s help they would have done it, but because of their negative attitude, it took them forty years.

Genesis 12:1-4

“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. 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.” So Abram departed as the Lord had spoken to him, and Lot went with him. And Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran.”

As we know Abraham is our father in the faith.  Supposing he had said:  “I can’t do it.”?  There would have been some consequences not only for him, his family, his descendants but also for many of us. Thank God, Abraham said: “I will do it.”

Hebrews 2:9

 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone.”

Jesus died to pay for our sins, and to make it possible for us to spend eternity with Him.  If he had told His Father:  “I can’t do it,” we would be condemned to spend eternity burning in the lake of fire forever and ever.

Proverb 18:21

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

A few points here: 1. If you speak positive words, you will achieve positive results.  2. If you speak negative words, you receive negative results. 3. You can destroy yourself or another person with negative words. 4. You can edify yourself or another person with positive words.

5. You can accomplish a task/project with positive thinking/words.  6. Your task or project can fail with negative thinking/words.

Don’t Say: “I Can’t Do It”

It does not matter in what vice, sin, illicit, immoral or illegal activity you are participating, do not say:  “I can’t quit.” Don’t be a weakling! Quit making excuses and don’t do that anymore. You can do whatever you set your mind to. Start a new page right this minute, a new way of life and a new you.

If you need psychological, emotional or mental help, reach out to people who can help.  Since most definitely you need spiritual help, reach out to God.  He will help you do what you cannot do on your own.  His ways, intelligence and wisdom are much higher than ours.  With Him everything is possible (Mark 10:27).

Remember…if you say you can’t do it, you can’t do it.  On the other hand, if you say you can do it, you can do it.  In both instances you will be right.

rlsalvation@sbcglobal.net    rlsalvation@gmail.com   June 9, 2016

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NO PUEDO HACERLO

Cuando una persona, por la razón que sea, dice: “No puedo hacerlo,” la realidad es que no podrá hacerlo.  En la mayoría de los casos lo que la gente confiesa eso es lo que sucede.  Las palabras que uno habla toman su propia vida.  Las palabras pueden edificar o destruir un proyecto y hasta a una persona.

La gente está bien equivocada porque piensa que la vida se trata de lo que uno puede hacer, pero la realidad es que se trata de lo que Dios puede hacer por medio de nosotros. Claro, tenemos que ser instrumentos disponibles. Él no nos fuerza que hagamos lo que no queremos hacer.

Génesis 2:15-17

 Tomó, pues, Jehová Dios al hombre, y lo puso en el huerto de Edén, para que lo labrara y lo guardase. Y mandó Jehová Dios al hombre, diciendo: De todo árbol del huerto podrás comer; mas del árbol de la ciencia del bien y del mal no comerás; porque el día que de él comieres, ciertamente morirás.”

Dios les pidió a Adán y Eva que obedecieran, pero, en esencia, con sus acciones y desobediencia

Le dijeron: “No podemos hacerlo, porque no queremos.” Claro podían haber obedecido, pero porque comenzaron a cuestionar la autoridad de Dios no lo hicieron. Por su desobediencia entraron el pecado, el fracaso, el caos, la enfermedad y la muerte al mundo.

Números 13:30-33

 Entonces Caleb hizo callar al pueblo delante de Moisés, y dijo: Subamos luego, y tomemos posesión de ella (la tierra prometida); porque más podremos nosotros que ellos.  Mas los varones que subieron con él, dijeron: No podremos subir contra aquel pueblo, porque es más fuerte que nosotros. Y hablaron mal entre los hijos de Israel, de la tierra que habían reconocido, diciendo: La tierra por donde pasamos para reconocerla, es tierra que traga a sus moradores; y todo el pueblo que vimos en medio de ella son hombres de grande estatura.  También vimos allí gigantes, hijos de Anac, raza de los gigantes, y éramos nosotros, a nuestro parecer, como langostas; y así les parecíamos a ellos.”

Moisés mandó 12 espías a la tierra prometida para ver cómo podrían conquistarla. Diez de los doce le dijeron: “No podemos conquistarla.”  Con la ayuda de Dios la hubieran conquistado inmediatamente, pero por su desobediencia y actitud negativa les tomó cuarenta años.

Génesis 12:1-4

“Pero Jehová había dicho a Abram: Vete de tu tierra y de tu parentela, y de la casa de tu padre, a la tierra que te mostraré. Y haré de ti una nación grande, y te bendeciré, y engrandeceré tu nombre, y serás bendición. Bendeciré a los que te bendijeren, y a los que te maldijeren maldeciré; y serán benditas en ti todas las familias de la tierra.  Y se fue Abram, como Jehová le dijo; y Lot fue con él. Y era Abram de edad de setenta y cinco años cuando salió de Harán.”

Como ya sabemos Abraham es el padre de nuestra fe. Menos mal que no le dijo a Dios: “No puedo hacerlo.” Las consecuencias lo hubieran afectado a él, a su familia, a sus descendientes, a nosotros, y a todo el mundo.  Gracias a Dios que Abraham fue obediente.

Hebreos 2:9

“Pero vemos a aquel (Jesucristo) que fue hecho un poco menor que los ángeles, a Jesús, coronado de gloria y de honra, a causa del padecimiento de la muerte, para que por la gracia de Dios sufriera la muerte por todos.”

Jesús murió para pagar por nuestros pecados para que pudiéramos pasar la eternidad con él. Si le hubiera dicho a Dios Padre, “No quiero hacerlo o no puedo hacerlo,” todos pasaríamos la eternidad sufriendo en el lago de fuego.

Proverbio 18:21

“La muerte y la vida están en poder de la lengua, Y el que la ama comerá de sus frutos.”

Seis puntos: 1. Si hablas palabras positivas, recibirás resultados positivos.  2. Si hablas palabras negativas, recibirás resultados negativos. 3. Puedes destruir a otra persona o a ti mismo con palabras negativas.  4. Puedes edificar a otra persona o a ti mismo con palabras positivas.  5. Puedes tener éxito en un proyecto o tarea si piensas positivamente.  6. Puedes fracasar en un proyecto o tarea si piensas negativamente.

No digas: “No Puedo Hacerlo.”

No importa en qué vicio, pecado, actividad ilegal, inmoral o ilícita estés involucrado, no te atrevas a decir:  “No puedo dejar de hacerlo.”  ¡No seas un enclenque! Cesa de dar excusas y acepta la responsabilidad.  Tienes la capacidad de hacer lo que quieras. Comienza una página nueva, un nuevo estilo de vida y conviértete en un nuevo tú.

Si necesitas servicios sicológicos, mentales o emocionales, búscalos y los hallarás.  De seguro necesitas ayuda espiritual, y Dios definitivamente te puede ayudar. Él te ayudará con lo que tú no puedas.  Sus modos, su inteligencia, su sabiduría, su fuerza, y su alcance llegan mucho más lejos que los nuestros.  Con él todo es posible (Marcos 10:27).

Recuerda…si piensas y dices que no puedes hacerlo, no puedes, pero si piensas y dices que puedes hacerlo, si podrás.  En ambos casos, tendrás razón.

rlsalvation@sbcglobal.net    rlsalvation@gmail.com   9 de Junio 2016

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GOD IS WAITING FOR SINNERS TO REPENT

According to the Bible and to Jesus Himself He is coming to take the Christians to heaven – that is called “The Rapture.” He is not going to touch ground because we are going to meet Him in the clouds and go with Him.  After that He is going to land in the Mount of Olives to establish His kingdom in Jerusalem. That is called “The Second Coming.”  It is called “The Second Coming” because He already came once when He was born from the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary.

John 14:1-3

“ “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me (Jesus Christ).  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 (in heaven), there you may be also.”

Just before Jesus was crucified and was taken up to heaven, He told His disciples that He would come back for them.  Of course 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 also applies to us. The event when He comes back for us will be known as “The Rapture.”

1 Thessalonians 4:16-18

 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 always be with the Lord.  Therefore comfort one another with these words.”

We, the ones who have received Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, are the ones who will meet Him up in the clouds. The ones who have not done that will stay behind and suffer tremendously in what is known as “The Tribulation.”

Romans 11:25-26

 For I do not desire, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own opinion, that blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in.  And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written:“The Deliverer (Jesus Christ) will come out of Zion, and He will turn away ungodliness from Jacob (Israel).”

A Gentile is any person who is not Jewish. “The fullness of the Gentiles” is when the gospel (the word of God) has been made known to every people group.  Matthew 24:14 states it this way: “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.” The Gospel of Mark explains it this way in chapter 13:10 – “ And the gospel must first be preached to all the nations.”

When it says, “the end will come” that means this sinful world will be transformed because Jesus will rule it in righteousness from Jerusalem. This is a world without end (Isaiah 45:17 and Ephesians 3:21). Don’t let anybody tell you that the world is going to end…it is not, but it will be transformed and blessed by God.

2 Peter 3:9

“The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.” Now 1 Timothy 2:4 – “(God) who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.”

It is not God’s will for anybody to go to hell and to wind up suffering forever and ever in the lake of fire.  The reason Jesus has not come back yet is because He wants to give as many people as possible the opportunity to repent.  “The fullness of the Gentiles” will be complete when all the people who should repent have repented.

“The fullness of the Gentiles” is probably just about over.  It is necessary for that to happen, so the Jewish people will come back to Jesus.  Since we are in what is known as “The End Times,” many Jewish people are receiving Jesus Christ as their Messiah. Many rabbis instead of just teaching from the Torah are now also teaching from the New Testament.

Ezekiel 33:11

 Say to them: ‘As I live,’ says the Lord God, ‘I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live. Turn, turn from your evil ways! For why should you die, O house of Israel?’”

The devil has pleasure in seeing people suffer, separated from God, and headed for hell and the lake of fire, but, as a loving Father, God suffers when He sees us turn away from Him.  He is constantly waiting for every sinner to repent, regardless of his many sins, religion, nationality, age, social level and physical condition.  But don’t fool yourself, Jesus is coming in the twinkling of an eye (1 Corinthians 15:52). When that happens you will not have time to repent.  That is why God says in Isaiah 55:6-7: “Seek the Lord while He may be found…”

If you have never received Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, God, because of the great love He has for you, is anxiously waiting for you to do it. If you don’t have the slightest idea as to how to go about it, the following paragraph will guide you.  Let’s hope you make the right decision.

HOW TO MAKE SURE YOU WILL GO TO HEAVEN

If you do not cherish the thought of spending eternity in the lake of fire suffering with the devil, his demons and all the people who refuse to receive Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, read the prayer below.  When you truly understand it and believe it, in faith and in all sincerity pray it to God in a loud voice. He will hear you and make you his son/daughter.  “Father God, I repent of all my sins. Please forgive me, live in me and bless me.  I believe and confess that Jesus Christ is your Son, that He died to pay for my sins, that He resurrected from the dead and that He is at your right hand in heaven interceding for me even now.  Because of His sacrifice I will live with You forever. Thank You, Father.  Amen.”

rlsalvation@sbcglobal.net    rlsalvation@gmail.com  June 2, 2016

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DIOS ESTÁ ESPERANDO QUE MÁS GENTE SE ARREPIENTA

Según Jesucristo y la biblia, él va a volver para llevarse a los cristianos al cielo – ese evento se conoce como “El Rapto.” Jesús no va a tocar tierra – lo vamos a encontrar en las nubes para irnos con él. Después va a llegar al Monte de Los Olivos para establecer su reino en Jerusalén. A eso se le llama “La Segunda Venida.” Se llama así, porque él ya vino la primera vez cuando nació de la virgen María y del Espíritu Santo.

Juan 14:1-3

“No se turbe su corazón; creen en Dios, crean también en mí (Jesucristo).  En la casa de mi Padre muchas moradas hay; si así no fuera, yo les lo hubiera dicho; voy, pues, a preparar lugar para ustedes.  Y si me voy y les preparo lugar, vendré otra vez, y los tomaré a mí mismo, para que donde yo estoy, ustedes también estén.”

Poco antes que Jesucristo fuera crucificado y ascendiera al cielo les dijo a sus discípulos que vendría por ellos.  Siendo que 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 nosotros.  Ese acontecimiento se llama “El Rapto.”

1 Tesalonicenses 4:16-18

 Porque el Señor (Jesucristo) mismo con voz de mando, con voz de arcángel, y con trompeta de Dios, descenderá del cielo; y los muertos en Cristo resucitarán primero. Luego nosotros los que vivimos, los que hayamos quedado, seremos arrebatados juntamente con ellos en las nubes para recibir al Señor en el aire, y así estaremos siempre con el Señor. Por tanto, aliéntense los unos a los otros con estas palabras.”

Nosotros, los que hemos recibido a Jesucristo como nuestro Señor y Salvador, somos los que nos vamos a encontrar con el Señor en las nubes.  Los que no lo hayan hecho se quedarán para sufrir tremendamente en el periodo conocido como “La Tribulación.”

Romanos 11:25-26

 Porque (yo Pablo el apóstol) no quiero, hermanos, que ignoren este misterio, para que no sean arrogantes en cuanto a ustedes mismos: que ha acontecido a Israel endurecimiento en parte, hasta que haya entrado la plenitud de los gentiles;  y luego todo Israel será salvo, como está escrito: Vendrá de Sion el Libertador (Jesucristo), que apartará de Jacob (Israel) la impiedad.”

Un gentil es cualquier persona que no sea judía.  “La plenitud de los gentiles” se cumple cuando el evangelio se haya enseñado a todos los diversos grupos de gente.  Mateo 24:14 lo explica así: “Y será predicado este evangelio del reino en todo el mundo, para testimonio a todas las naciones; y entonces vendrá el fin.” Marcos 13:10 dice de esta manera: “Y es necesario que el evangelio sea predicado antes a todas las naciones.”

Cuando dice, “vendrá el fin” eso significa que este mundo pecaminoso será transformado, porque Jesucristo reinará en justicia de Jerusalén.  Este mundo no tendrá fin (Isaías 45:17 y Efesios 3:21).  No le creas a nadie quien te diga que este mundo se acabará.  Eso no sucederá,

pero sí será transformado y bendecido por Dios.

2 Pedro 3:9

 El Señor (Jesucristo) no retarda su promesa, según algunos la tienen por tardanza, sino que es paciente para con nosotros, no queriendo que ninguno perezca, sino que todos procedan al arrepentimiento.” Sigamos con 1 Timoteo 2:4 – “(Dios) El cual quiere que todos los hombres sean salvos y vengan al conocimiento de la verdad.”

No es la voluntad de Dios que alguien vaya al infierno y que más tarde sufra eternamente en el lago de fuego. La razón que Jesús no ha vuelto todavía es que él quiere darle la oportunidad de arrepentirse a todas las personas que sean posibles. “La plenitud de los gentiles” llegará a su punto culminante cuando todos los que deben arrepentirse se hayan arrepentido.

“la plenitud de los gentiles” ya está por cumplirse.  Es necesario que eso termine para que los judíos se acerquen a Dios.  Siendo que estamos viviendo en lo que se conoce como “los días postreros,” muchos judíos están convirtiéndose al cristianismo.  Muchos rabinos en vez de seguir enseñando solamente de la torá, ahora también ensenan del Nuevo Testamento.

Ezequiel 33:11

 Diles: Vivo yo, dice Jehová el Señor, que no quiero la muerte del impío, sino que se vuelva el impío de su camino, y que viva. Vuelvan, vuelvan de sus malos caminos; ¿por qué morirán, oh casa de Israel?”

El diablo recibe placer de ver a la gente sufrir, separarse de Dios, y de ir camino al infierno, pero Dios, como Padre amoroso, sufre cuando ve que nos alejamos de él. Está esperando constantemente para que todo pecador se arrepienta, sin importar la gravedad de sus pecados, su religión, su nacionalidad, su edad, nivel social, o su estado físico.  Pero no te engañes a ti mismo, Jesucristo viene en un abrir y cerrar de ojos (1 Corintios 15:52). Cuando eso suceda no tendrás tiempo para arrepentirte. Por eso Dios dice en Isaías 55:6-7 – que busques a Dios mientras pueda ser hallado.

Si jamás has recibido a Jesucristo como tu Señor y Salvador, Dios, por tanto que te ama, está esperando ansiosamente que lo hagas.  Si no tienes la menor idea de cómo hacerlo, el párrafo siguiente puede ser tu guía.  Ojalá que tomes la decisión adecuada.

ASEGÚRATE DE IR AL CIELO

Si te molesta pensar que pasarás la eternidad en el lago de fuego sufriendo con el diablo, sus demonios, y con la otra gente que jamás quiso aceptar a Jesucristo como su Dios, lee la oración siguiente.  Cuando la entiendas y la creas, en fe y con toda sinceridad, órasela a Dios en voz alta. Él te escuchará, y te aceptará como su hijo/a.  “Dios Padre, me arrepiento de todos mis pecados.  Por favor, perdóname, vive en mí, y bendíceme.  Creo y confieso que Jesús es tu hijo, que murió por mis pecados, que resucitó de entre los muertos al tercer día, y que está a tu mano derecha intercediendo por mí.  Por su sacrificio viviré contigo por siempre.  Amén.”

rlsalvation@sbcglobal.net    rlsalvation@gmail.com  2 de Junio 2016

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WHAT IS LIFE ABOUT?

Even before life began on earth the devil, who was a special angel in heaven, did not know what life was about. He tried to do it his own way, and was cast out of heaven along with one-third of the other angels who followed him.  They became known as “the fallen angels.” Now days we know them as “demons.”

Ever since God created this planet and all forms of life,  man has asked the question, “What is life about?” Adam and Eve did not figured it out nor did their son Cain. That is why all three of them were cast out of the garden of Eden. They disobeyed God and instead of doing the will of God they did their own. Nothing has changed; people are still doing their own will, instead of the will of God.

Sometimes to understand what something is, first we have to understand what it is not. That being said, the universe does not revolve around us, as many people think, but rather it revolves around God. When we realize that we are not the center of the universe, the center of attention nor the center of importance, we will be able to love God and because of that love, we will both respect Him and obey Him.

Knowing that life is not just about me, but about God, other people and the planet, then we will know the meaning of life, which in turn will allow us to do the will of God instead of ours. Then we will produce good fruit, which God calls “the fruit of the Spirit.”  You may find it in Galatians 5:22-23 –“ But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.” Some of us actually live that way, but being that we are not blind we know that the majority does not.

Your purpose in life is to do the will of God, and in order to do that, you must live by faith in God and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7).  That’s why Jesus told Doubting Thomas (John 20:29): “Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” Life is about obeying God, and even when we don’t understand it, rather than following the world’s sinful practices, we follow God’s ways.

We cannot even attempt to do the will of God, unless we trust Him.  God tells us through the prophet in Jeremiah 17:5 – “Thus says the Lord: “Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart departs from the Lord.” Man keeps on changing his views and ways of living, but God is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8).  If you want to do the will of God and fulfill your purpose, you have to trust Him and trust His word, which was given to specific prophets by the Holy Spirit (2 Timothy 3:16).

In a nutshell life for us is about doing the will of God, which is very clearly spelled out in His word in the Bible. In Matthew 22:37-40, Jesus Himself tells us the will of His Father: “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.”  God’s will is for us to love Him, love others and to love ourselves.

Without Jesus nothing that exists would exist (John 1:3). He is the Designer, the Planner, the Creator and the Living God. If we never understand or accept that, we will never know what life is about. The Bible is God in a written form.  If we want to know God and what He expects of us, we have to read His word.  2 Timothy 3:16-17 explains it this way: “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,  that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” We are not complete if we don’t read the Bible.

Hopefully by now we understand that life is about doing the will of God and not ours. Even Jesus came into this world to do the Father’s will.  In John 6:37-39, Jesus said:  “ All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out. For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him (Father God) who sent Me.  This is the will of the Father who sent Me, that of all He has given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last day.”

The last sentence of the previous paragraph is referring to the people who have salvation and who will spend eternity with God. The meaning of life is about spending eternity with God. Hopefully you will be one of the fortunate ones.  Because God’s will is for you to spend eternity with Him, He made it possible, but you have to be born again  – John 3:3 – “ Jesus answered and said to him (Nicodemus), “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” That means you have to receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.  Jesus is the only way to heaven. In John 14:6, Jesus said to Doubting Thomas (one of His disciples): “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

If you would like God to bless you in this life and in the one to come, do what He tells you to do in Matthew 6:33 – “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added onto you.” The key was, is, and always will be … seek first the kingdom of God, get close to Him, and serve Him. By doing that, you will be doing His will.

You will not have salvation because of your good deeds, because you are a nice person, because you go to church, because of your titles, because of your position  or because you pray to an idol – an idol is anyone or anything that is not the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.  Examples of idols:  a cow, a so-called saint or virgin, Buddha, Allah, Zeus, Krishna, the sun, etcetera.

You can fulfill God’s will if in obedience you follow His principles outlined in the Bible, by serving Him and by receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.  That, my friend, is what life is really about.  If you want to live eternally with God, but don’t know where to begin, read the following paragraph and do what it tells you to do.  Our loving God will accept you with outstretched arms, regardless of your past.

If you do not cherish the thought of spending eternity in the lake of fire suffering with the devil, his demons and all the people who refuse to receive Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, read the prayer below.  When you truly understand it and believe it, in faith and in all sincerity pray it to God in a loud voice. He will hear you and make you his son/daughter.  “Father God, I repent of all my sins. Please forgive me, live in me and bless me.  I believe and confess that Jesus Christ is your Son, that He died to pay for my sins, that He resurrected from the dead and that He is at your right hand in heaven interceding for me even now.  Because of His sacrifice I will live with You forever. Thank You, Father.  Amen.”

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rlsalvation@sbcglobal.net  rlsalvation@gmail.com  May 26, 2016

¿DE QUÉ SE TRATA LA VIDA?

Antes que comenzara la vida en este planeta el diablo, quien era un ángel especial en el cielo, no sabía de qué se trataba la vida. Trató de vivir a su manera y fue expulsado del cielo con sus seguidores – la tercera parte de los ángeles. A quienes se les dio el nombre de “los ángeles caídos,” que ahora se conocen como “los demonios.”

Desde que Dios creó este planeta y toda forma de vida, el hombre ha preguntado, “¿De qué se trata la vida?” Adán, Eva y su hijo Caín no lo supieron, y por eso fueron expulsados del jardín del Edén. Desobedecieron a Dios; en vez de hacer la voluntad de él, hicieron la suya.  Nada ha cambiado; la gente continúa haciendo su voluntad, y no la de Dios.

A veces para entender lo que algo es, primero tenemos que entender lo que no es. Habiendo dicho eso, el universo no gira a nuestro alrededor, como piensan muchas personas, sino gira alrededor de Dios. Cuando nos percatemos que no somos el centro del universo, el centro de atención, ni el centro de importancia, podremos amar a Dios, y por ese amor lo respetaremos y lo obedeceremos.

Cuando sepa que la vida no se trata solamente de mí, sino de Dios, de otras personas, y del planeta, entonces sabré el significado de la vida, y eso me permitirá hacer la voluntad de Dios y no la mía. Eso será cuando produciré buen fruto, a lo que Dios le llama “el fruto del Espíritu.” Lo encontrarás en Gálatas 5:22-23 – “Mas el fruto del Espíritu es amor, gozo, paz, paciencia, benignidad, bondad, fe, mansedumbre, templanza; contra tales cosas no hay ley.” Algunos de nosotros sí vivimos así, pero como no estamos ciegos, sabemos que la mayoría de la gente no vive según esos principios.

Tu propósito en la vida es de hacer la voluntad de Dios, y para hacer eso, tienes que vivir por fe y no por lo que ves (2 Corintios 5:7). Por eso Jesucristo le dijo a Tomás – uno de sus discípulos – (Juan 20:29): “Porque me has visto, Tomás, creíste; bienaventurados los que no vieron, y creyeron.” En la vida debemos obedecer a Dios, y aún cuando no entendamos hay que obedecerlo, en vez de seguir los caminos de un mundo pecaminoso.

Ni podemos atentar hacer la voluntad de Dios si no confiamos en él. Dios nos dice por medio del profeta en Jeremías 17:5 – “ Así ha dicho Jehová: Maldito el varón que confía en el hombre, y pone carne por su brazo, y su corazón se aparta de Jehová.” El hombre cambia su punto de vista y su conocimiento en general, pero Dios es igual ayer, hoy y por siempre (Hebreos 13:8). Si deseas cumplir con la voluntad de Dios y con tu propósito en la vida, tienes que confiar en él y en su palabra, la que fue dada al mundo por medio de profetas (2 Timoteo 3:16).

En resumidas cuentas en la vida debemos tratar de hacer la voluntad de Dios, la cual se explica claramente en la biblia. En Mateo 22:37-40, Jesucristo mismo nos dice la voluntad de su Padre: “Jesús le dijo: Amarás al Señor tu Dios con todo tu corazón, y con toda tu alma, y con toda tu mente.  Este es el primero y grande mandamiento. Y el segundo es semejante: Amarás a tu prójimo como a ti mismo. De estos dos mandamientos depende toda la ley y los profetas.” La voluntad de Dios para nosotros es que lo amemos a él, que amemos al prójimo, y que nos amemos a nosotros mismos.

Sin Jesucristo nada de lo que existe existiera (Juan 1:3). Él es el diseñador, el planeador, el creador, y el Dios Viviente.  Si nunca entendemos o aceptamos eso, jamás sabremos de qué se trata la vida.  La biblia es Dios en forma escrita.  Si queremos conocer a Dios y lo que él espera de nosotros, tenemos que leer su palabra.  2 Timoteo 3:16-17 lo explica así: “ Toda la Escritura es inspirada por Dios, y útil para enseñar, para redargüir, para corregir, para instruir en justicia,  a fin de que el hombre de Dios sea perfecto, enteramente preparado para toda buena obra.”

Si no leemos la biblia no nos preparamos para vivir una vida que complazca a Dios.

Ojalá que hayas entendido que en la vida debemos hacer la voluntad de Dios, y no la nuestra. Jesucristo mismo vino al mundo para hacer la voluntad de su Padre.  En Juan 6:37-39, él dijo: “Todo lo que el Padre me da, vendrá a mí; y al que a mí viene, no le echo fuera. Porque he descendido del cielo, no para hacer mi voluntad, sino la voluntad del que me envió (Dios Padre).  Y esta es la voluntad del Padre, el que me envió: Que de todo lo que me diere, no pierda yo nada, sino que lo resucite en el día postrero.”

La ultima oración del previo párrafo se refiere a las personas quienes tienen salvación, y que pasarán la eternidad con Dios, porque ese es el propósito de la vida. Espero que seas una de esas personas afortunadas.  Esa es la voluntad de Dios, y por eso lo hizo posible por medio del sufrimiento de su hijo.  Para la salvación tienes que nacer de nuevo (aceptar a Jesucristo como tu Señor y Salvador). En Juan 3:3, Jesucristo le dijo a Nicodemo – uno de los líderes religiosos:

 De cierto, de cierto te digo, que el que no naciere de nuevo, no puede ver el reino de Dios.”

Solamente se llega al cielo por medio de Jesucristo.  Él mismo lo explica en Juan 14:6 cuando le dijo a Tomás (uno de sus discípulos):  “Jesús le dijo: Yo soy el camino, y la verdad, y la vida; nadie viene al Padre, sino por mí.”

Si te gustaría que Dios te bendijera aquí en este mundo y que te diera vida eterna, haz lo que te dice en Mateo 6:33 – “Busca primero el reino de Dios y su justicia, y todo te llegará por añadidura.” La clave era, es, y siempre será…buscar el reino de Dios, acercarse a él y hacer su voluntad.

No tendrás salvación por tus buenas obras, porque asistes a una iglesia, porque eres miembro de una religión, porque eres buena persona, o porque le oras a un ídolo. Un ídolo es cualquier cosa o persona que no sea Dios.  Ejemplos:  una virgen, un llamado santo, una persona difunta, Buda, Krishna, una vaca, Alá, el sol, practicas yoga, etcétera.

Puedes cumplir con la voluntad de Dios si sigues sus principios, le sirves a él, diezmas y, lo más importante, que recibas a Jesucristo como tu Señor y Salvador.  Mi querido amigo de eso se trata la vida.  Si deseas pasar la eternidad con Dios, pero no sabes cómo comenzar, lee el siguiente párrafo, y haz lo que te dice que hagas.  Nuestro Dios de amor te recibirá con los brazos abiertos, a pesar de lo que hayas hecho en el pasado.  No permitas que nadie te mienta.  Él te perdona, porque te ama a pesar de todo.

 ASEGÚRATE DE IR AL CIELO

Si te molesta pensar que pasarás la eternidad en el lago de fuego sufriendo con el diablo, sus demonios, y con la otra gente que jamás quiso aceptar a Jesucristo como su Dios, lee la oración siguiente.  Cuando la entiendas y la creas, en fe y con toda sinceridad, órasela a Dios en voz alta. Él te escuchará, y te aceptará como su hijo/a.  “Dios Padre, me arrepiento de todos mis pecados.  Por favor, perdóname, vive en mí, y bendíceme.  Creo y confieso que Jesús es tu hijo, que murió por mis pecados, que resucitó de entre los muertos al tercer día, y que está a tu mano derecha intercediendo por mí.  Por su sacrificio viviré contigo por siempre.  Amén.”

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GOD WANTS US TO KNOW HOW TO REST

Many people either never knew or, for one reason or another, have forgotten how to rest.  Some of them become workaholics because they want to keep up with the Joneses, gain as many possessions as possible and to become powerful. In the process they lose their health, their families, salvation and sometimes they even lose themselves. Yet God wants us to rest because we need it and for a few other reasons.

Genesis 2:1-3

“ Thus the heavens and the earth, and all the host of them, were finished.  And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and man.”

God did not rest because He was tired.  He did it for our benefit. He rested to give us an example by setting a principle in motion that would help us live a healthier, longer and a more productive life.

Exodus 20:8-11

 “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work,  but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates.  For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.”

We should not do any work on the Sabbath, but should reserve it for the Lord. The Sabbath is really Saturday, but since most of the Christian churches have services on Sunday, we should attend church and not work on that day.

Leviticus 25:4

 But in the seventh year there shall be a sabbath of solemn rest for the land, a sabbath to the Lord. You shall neither sow your field nor prune your vineyard.”

God gave orders for the farmers to let the land rest on the seventh year.  That is because even the land needs rest, so it can replenish itself.

Mark 6:31-32

 And He (Jesus) said to them (His disciples), “Come aside by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.” For there were many coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat.  So they departed to a deserted place in the boat by themselves.”

Even Jesus and His disciples rested when necessary.  We should do the same. Otherwise, we will burn ourselves out.

Matthew 11:28-30

“Come to Me (Jesus), all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

Jesus is not only referring to physical fatigue, but also to financial, spiritual, emotional and psychological worries and stress. Don’t carry your problems.  Do the best you can and then handle them over to God, but don’t worry. Don’t let anxieties ruin your day or your life.

Exodus 33:14

And He (God) said (to Moses), “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”

Jesus will do the same thing for you if you ask Him to be your Lord and Savior. You do not have to carry all your anxieties, problems, burdens, worries or stress by yourself.  Give them to God  (Philippians 4:6-7, 1 Peter 5:7 and Psalm 55:22) and He will help you. God can handle them a lot better than you can.  Besides, have your anxieties or worries solved any problem? Of course not.

If you want to live a longer, happier and a more productive life, you have to learn to rest physically, psychologically, emotionally, spiritually and to hand your troubles over to God.  Once you learn to do that you will say good-bye to your migraine headaches, sleepless nights, ulcers, and many other unpleasant things.

rlsalvation@sbcglobal.net    rlsalvation@gmail.com   May 20, 2016

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DIOS DESEA QUE APRENDAMOS DESCANSAR

Mucha gente nunca sabía o, por alguna razón u otra, se le olvidó como descansar. Unos de ellos se convierten en esclavos del trabajo, porque desean tener todo lo más moderno,  mantenerse al par con los ricos y hacerse poderosos.  En el proceso pierden la salud, sus familias, la salvación, y a veces hasta se pierden ellos mismos.  Sin embargo, Dios quiere que descansemos, porque lo necesitamos y por algunas otras razones.

Génesis 2:1-3

“Fueron, pues, acabados los cielos y la tierra, y todo el ejército de ellos. Y acabó Dios en el día séptimo la obra que hizo; y reposó el día séptimo de toda la obra que hizo. Y bendijo Dios al día séptimo, y lo santificó, porque en él reposó de toda la obra que había hecho en la creación.”

Dios no descansó porque estaba cansado. Lo hizo por nuestro beneficio. Descansó para darnos un ejemplo al iniciar y poner en marcha su principio que nos ayudaría a vivir una vida saludable, larga y productiva.

Éxodo 20:8-11

“Acuérdate del día de reposo para santificarlo.  Seis días trabajarás, y harás toda tu obra;  mas el séptimo día es reposo para Jehová tu Dios; no hagas en él obra alguna, tú, ni tu hijo, ni tu hija, ni tu siervo, ni tu criada, ni tu bestia, ni tu extranjero que está dentro de tus puertas.  Porque en seis días hizo Jehová los cielos y la tierra, el mar, y todas las cosas que en ellos hay, y reposó en el séptimo día; por tanto, Jehová bendijo el día de reposo y lo santificó.”

No debemos trabajar el séptimo día.   El día séptimo bíblico es el sábado, pero siendo que la mayoría de las iglesias cristianas tienen servicios los domingos, deberíamos asistir a la iglesia ese día y ofrecérselo a Dios.

Levítico 25:4

 Pero el séptimo año la tierra tendrá descanso, reposo para Jehová; no sembrarás tu tierra, ni podarás tu viña.”

Dios les dio órdenes a los granjeros que dejaran  descansar la tierra el séptimo año.  Eso fue porque hasta la tierra necesita descansar para renovarse.

Marcos 6:31-32

 El (Jesucristo) les dijo (a sus discípulos): Vengan ustedes aparte a un lugar desierto, y descansen un poco. Porque eran muchos (mucha gente) los que iban y venían, de manera que ni aun tenían tiempo para comer. Y se fueron (Jesús y sus discípulos) solos en una barca a un lugar desierto.”

Hasta Jesucristo y sus discípulos descansaban cuando era necesario.  Debemos hacer lo mismo. De otra manera hasta podemos enfermarnos o ser menos eficaces en lo que hagamos.

Mateo 11:28-30

 Vengan a mí (Jesucristo) todos los que estén trabajados y cargados, y yo los haré descansar. Lleven mi yugo sobre ustedes, y aprendan de mí, que soy manso y humilde de corazón; y hallarán descanso para sus almas;  porque mi yugo es fácil, y ligera mi carga.”

Jesucristo no solamente se refiere al cansancio físico, sino también al financiero, espiritual, emocional y sicológico.  No cargues tus problemas, penas, ansiedades o estrés. Haz lo mejor que puedas, pero luego entrégaselos a Dios. No permitas que las preocupaciones, los problemas, las ansiedades ni el estrés perjudiquen o arruinen tu vida.

Éxodo 33:14

” Y él (Dios) le dijo (a Moisés): Mi presencia irá contigo, y te daré descanso.”

Jesucristo hará lo mismo para ti si le pides que sea tu Señor y Salvador. No tienes que cargar todos tus problemas, ansiedades, penas, preocupaciones o estrés.  Haz lo mejor que puedas, y luego entrégaselos a Dios (Filipenses 4:6-7, 1 Pedro 5:7 y Salmo 55:22) – él te ayudará. Él puede solucionar tus problemas mucho mejor que tú.  Además, ¿cuándo has visto que tus ansiedades o tus preocupaciones hayan solucionado un problema? ¡Jamás!

Si quieres vivir una vida más larga, más feliz, y más productiva, tienes que aprender a descansar física, espiritual, sicológica, emocional, y mentalmente al soltarle tus problemas a Dios. Ya que aprendas a hacerlo, te despedirás de las migrañas, las noches de insomnio, las úlceras, y de muchas otras cosas desagradables.

rlsalvation@sbcglobal.net    rlsalvation@gmail.com   20 de Mayo 2016

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THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS AT HAND

The kingdom of God is at hand means that God is here with us, that we can receive Jesus as our Lord and Savior, that the Holy Spirit can live in us (if we allow Him), that we have access to God and that we can serve Him now.  This very day you can become a member of God’s kingdom if you receive His Son Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.

Matthew 3:1-2

“In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

For a little over 400 years the Jewish people had not heard from God because they had not had a prophet to be a mediator between them and God and the Holy Spirit was not in them.  John the Baptist was a prophet and he was announcing the coming of Jesus Christ – God incarnate. That’s why he was telling them to repent and that the kingdom of God was at hand through Jesus Christ.

Luke 3:15-16

“Now as the people were in expectation, and all reasoned in their hearts about John (the Baptist), whether he was the Christ or not, John answered, saying to all, “I indeed baptize you with water; but One mightier (Jesus Christ) than I is coming, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to loose. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.”

The Jewish people were expecting the Messiah, the Deliverer, the Christ, a powerful king who they thought would deliver them from physical bondage. They did not accept Jesus because He came in love, meekness and humility.

John 1:9-11

“That was the true Light (Jesus Christ) 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.”

The Jews were expecting the awaited Messiah, but when Jesus came they did not receive Him because He wasn’t what they were expecting.

Matthew 4:17

“From that time on Jesus began to preach:  “Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

Jesus meant that He had come to the world to bring salvation, but that we had to repent of our sins and He would forgive us. Without repentance there is no forgiveness of sin, and without forgiveness of sin, we cannot enter the kingdom of God.

Mark 1:15

“The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.”

Those are the words that Jesus was preaching.  It was the time for the gospel (the good news of salvation) to be preached. People had to know that salvation was available to them through the Lord Jesus Christ (John 14:6).

Matthew 10:5-8

“Do not go into the way of the Gentiles, and do not enter a city of the Samaritans. But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.”

These were the instructions Jesus gave to His twelve disciples.  Salvation was first to the Jews and then to the Gentiles (a Gentile is any person who is not Jewish).

Luke 17:20-21

“The kingdom of God does not come with observation; nor will they say, ‘See here!’ or ‘See there!’ For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you.”

This is what Jesus told the religious leaders of that day.  If we have received Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, the kingdom of God is within us because the Holy Spirit lives in us.

The kingdom of God is definitely at hand. The question is…is it in you? If it’s not, you will spend eternity suffering in the lake of fire.  However, because God is love He makes it possible for you to repent, to ask Him to forgive you and to become part of His kingdom. The following paragraph will tell you how.

HOW TO MAKE SURE YOU WILL GO TO HEAVEN

If you do not cherish the thought of spending eternity in the lake of fire suffering with the devil, his demons and all the people who refuse to receive Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, read the prayer below.  When you truly understand it and believe it, in faith and in all sincerity pray it to God in a loud voice. He will hear you and make you his son/daughter.  “Father God, I repent of all my sins. Please forgive me, live in me and bless me.  I believe and confess that Jesus Christ is your Son, that He died to pay for my sins, that He resurrected from the dead and that He is at your right hand in heaven interceding for me even now.  Because of His sacrifice I will live with You forever. Thank You, Father.  Amen.”

rlsalvation@sbcglobal.net      rlsalvation@gmail.com   May 12, 2016

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EL REINO DE LOS CIELOS SE HA ACERCADO

El reino de los cielos se ha acercado significa que Dios está con nosotros, que podemos recibir a Jesucristo como nuestro Señor y Salvador, que el Espíritu Santo puede vivir en nosotros (si se lo permitimos), que tenemos acceso al trono de Dios, y que podemos ser sus servidores. Este mismo día puedes hacerte miembro de la familia de Dios si recibes a Jesucristo como tu Señor y Redentor.

Mateo 3:1-2

“En aquellos días vino Juan el Bautista predicando en el desierto de Judea, y diciendo: Arrepiéntanse, porque el reino de los cielos se ha acercado.”

Por más de 400 años los judíos no habían escuchado la voz de Dios, porque no tenían profetas que se comunicaran con Dios, y el Espíritu Santo ni estaba en ellos ni con ellos.  Juan el Bautista vino de profeta anunciando y predicando la venida de Jesucristo – Dios en persona.  Les decía que se arrepintieran, porque el reino de los cielos se había acercado por medio de Jesucristo.

Lucas 3:15-16

 Como el pueblo estaba en expectativa, preguntándose todos en sus corazones si acaso Juan sería el Cristo,  respondió Juan, diciendo a todos: ‘Yo a la verdad los bautizo en agua; pero viene uno más poderoso que yo, de quien no soy digno de desatar la correa de su calzado; él los bautizará en Espíritu Santo y fuego.’”

Los judíos esperaban al Mesías, al Salvador, al Redentor, al Hijo de Dios, a un rey poderoso, quien los liberaría del yugo romano.  No aceptaron a Jesucristo, porque vino en humildad, en mansedumbre, y en amor.

Juan 1:9-11

 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.”

Los judíos esperaban a su Mesías, pero cuando llegó no lo reconocieron, porque no era como ellos pensaban que debía de ser.

Mateo 4:17

 Desde entonces comenzó Jesús a predicar, y a decir: Arrepiéntanse, porque el reino de los cielos se ha acercado.”

Quería decirles que él había venido al mundo para ofrecerles salvación, pero que tenían que arrepentirse de sus pecados, y él los perdonaría y les daría salvación.  Sin arrepentimiento no hay perdón de los pecados, y sin perdón de los pecados, no podemos entrar al reino de Dios.

Marcos 1:15

“El tiempo se ha cumplido, y el reino de Dios se ha acercado; arrepiéntanse, y crean en el evangelio.”

Esas palabras las predicaba Jesucristo. Era tiempo para que el evangelio (las buenas nuevas de la salvación) se predicara. La gente tenía que saber que la salvación les era disponible por medio de Jesucristo (Juan 14:6).

Mateo 10:5-8

“A estos doce (sus 12 discípulos) envió Jesús, y les dio instrucciones, diciendo: ‘Por camino de gentiles (gentil-cualquier persona que no es judía) no vayan, y en ciudad de samaritanos no entren,  sino id antes a las ovejas perdidas de la casa de Israel.  Y yendo, prediquen, diciendo: ‘El reino de los cielos se ha acercado.’ Sanen enfermos, limpien leprosos, resuciten muertos, echen fuera demonios; de gracia recibieron, den de gracia.”

Estas fueron las instrucciones que Jesucristo les dio a sus doce discípulos. La salvación les llegó primeramente a los judíos y después a los gentiles.

Lucas 17:20-21

“El reino de Dios no vendrá con advertencia, ni dirán: Helo aquí, o helo allí; porque he aquí el reino de Dios está entre ustedes.”

Esto es lo que Jesucristo les dijo a los líderes religiosos de su día. Si hemos recibido a Jesucristo como nuestro señor y Salvador, el reino de Dios está en nosotros, porque el Espíritu Santo vive en nosotros.

El reino de Dios está entre nosotros.  La pregunta es… ¿está en ti y tú en el? Si no es así, pasarás la eternidad sufriendo en el lago de fuego.  Sin embargo, porque Dios es amor lo hace posible para que te arrepientas, le pidas perdón, y lo recibas como tu Señor y Salvador para que seas miembro de su reino y tengas salvación. El párrafo siguiente te guía como hacerlo.

ASEGÚRATE DE IR AL CIELO

Si te molesta pensar que pasarás la eternidad en el lago de fuego sufriendo con el diablo, sus demonios, y con la otra gente que jamás quiso aceptar a Jesucristo como su Dios, lee la oración siguiente.  Cuando la entiendas y la creas, en fe y con toda sinceridad, órasela a Dios en voz alta. Él te escuchará, y te aceptará como su hijo/a.  “Dios Padre, me arrepiento de todos mis pecados.  Por favor, perdóname, vive en mí, y bendíceme.  Creo y confieso que Jesús es tu hijo, que murió por mis pecados, que resucitó de entre los muertos al tercer día, y que está a tu mano derecha intercediendo por mí.  Por su sacrificio viviré contigo por siempre.  Amén.”

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DON’T DOUBT GOD’S PROVISION

Many people who believe in God doubt that He is able to provide or that He will do it. As a result they take matters into their own hands.  They do that in different ways.  Some work, work and work to save a nest egg for their retirement.  Others invest strategically and look for ways to increase their portfolio.

Lately many people are getting on the bandwagon of the end times.  They think that paper money will be worthless, so they are buying precious metals and even stockpiling food and whatever else they think might become scarce during the period of the tribulation. Others are going beyond that by building bunkers, fortifying them and keeping it a secret, so nobody will intrude on them.

Matthew 6:28-30

“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. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?”

Jesus is telling the people not to worry about mundane things because God would provide.  Instead they should be worrying about their salvation.

1 Kings 17:3-6

 “Get away from here and turn eastward, and hide by the Brook Cherith, which flows into the Jordan.  And it will be that you (Elijah) shall drink from the brook, and I have commanded the ravens to feed you there.” So he went and did according to the word of the Lord, for he went and stayed by the Brook Cherith, which flows into the Jordan.  The ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning, and bread and meat in the evening; and he drank from the brook.”

There was a drought and a famine, the prophet Elijah believed in God and the latter provided for him, just as He will provide for you if you put your trust in Him.

Exodus 16:4-6

“Then the Lord said to Moses, “Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you.  And the people shall go out and gather a certain quota every day, that I may test them, whether they will walk in My law or not. And it shall be on the sixth day that they shall prepare what they bring in, and it shall be twice as much as they gather daily.” Then Moses and Aaron said to all the children of Israel, “At evening  you shall know that the Lord has brought you out of the land of Egypt.”

God had just freed the Jewish people from slavery in Egypt,  had led them across the Red Sea on dry ground and now they were hungry in the desert. They were complaining to Moses that they did not have any food, so God provided manna from heaven on a daily basis. When we put our faith in God, He provides whatever is necessary.

2 Kings 6:15-17

 And when the servant (Gehazi) of the man of God (Elisha)  arose early and went out, there was an army, surrounding the city with horses and chariots. And his servant said to him, “Alas, my master! What shall we do?” So he answered, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”  And Elisha prayed, and said, “Lord, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw.  And behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.”

Elisha and Gehazi needed protection, but since Elisha had placed his faith in God, God provided a host of angels to protect them.

Genesis 22:9-13

 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 said, “Here I am.” And He 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.”

To test and see if Abraham was truly faithful,  had faith, and had fear of Him,  God had asked him to sacrifice his son Isaac.  Abraham was going to do it, but God provided a sacrificial ram which, of course, represented Jesus Christ.

Luke 23:44-46

“Now it was about the sixth hour (noon), and there was darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour ( 3 pm). Then the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was torn in two.  And when Jesus had cried out with a loud voice, He said, “Father, ‘into Your hands I commit My spirit.’” Having said this, He breathed His last.”

We were supposed to spend eternity in the lake of fire to pay for our sins, but God provided for us by sending His Son Jesus Christ (the sacrificial lamb of God) to pay for our sins by dying on the cross in our place.

Luke 12:16-21

“Then He (Jesus) spoke a parable to them, saying: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded plentifully. And he thought within himself, saying, ‘What shall I do, since I have no room to store my crops?’ So he said, ‘I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build greater, and there I will store all my crops and my goods. And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink, and be merry.” ’But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?’ “So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.”

The man was not trusting in God, but in himself and on his riches because he doubted that God would provide for him.  He lacked faith in God. The only way God will not provide a way out for us is if we have not accepted His Son as our Lord and Savior or if we do not have faith in Him and think we are providing for ourselves.

If you do not doubt that God will provide whatever it is you need, He will.  If you think that God will not provide for your need, whatever it may be, He won’t.

rlsalvation@sbcglobal.net     rlsalvation@gmail.com    May 5, 2016

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LEARN TO USE THE WORD OF GOD EFFECTIVELY

When we buy any appliance or equipment that has a motor, we are normally given a manual, so we can operate it and take care of it properly.  If we follow the instructions, the product will function efficiently and will last longer.

God has given us a manual, which of course is the Bible, so we can get the most out of this life and live with Him eternally.  Unfortunately most of us do not read it, and because of that not only do we come short of the glory of God on this earth, but we wind up suffering eternally in the lake of fire.

Genesis 1:26-28

“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. Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

Six points: 1. Father God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit were present. 2. God made us in His image. 3. God gave us dominion over all forms of life.  4. He created us male and female. It was Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve. 5. God ordered us to procreate.  6. God blessed the human race then and wants to bless us now.

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.”

Four points:  1. Jesus chose us for salvation. 2. He appointed us to bear fruit.  He means that we should bring others into His kingdom – salvation. 3. Our fruit should remain. The ones we bring into Christianity should remain until death. 4. Whatever we ask in prayer to Father God in the name of Jesus, it will be done if it’s 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.”

Four points: 1. Don’t let anything make you anxious. 2. Take everything up to God in prayer and supplication. 3. Give thanks to God for everything, even when it’s not what you expected. 4. If you hand your troubles over to God, you will have peace.

Isaiah 53:5

“But He (Jesus Christ) was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.”

When you have any type of illness, claim this scripture.  Others you may claim are: 1 Peter 2:24, Matthew 6:33, John 10:10,  Matthew 4:23-24, Matthew 9:20-22, Deuteronomy 32:39, Psalm 6:1-2, Psalm 103:3, Acts 14:8-10, Acts 9:32-33, James 5:14-16, Psalm 107:20, John 4:46-53, John 9:1-7, 2 Chronicles 7:14, Exodus 15:26 and  Exodus 23:25. Pray them in faith.

Malachi 3:10-12

“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.”

Five points: 1. Give tithes. Give 1/10th of your income to the Lord (the church). 2. Test God by tithing. 3. God will bless you abundantly. 4. God will protect you from the devil and his schemes. 5. You will find favor in everything you do.  Comply with this scripture and claim it if you need financial blessings.

John 10:10

“The thief (devil) does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I (Jesus Christ) have come that they (us…you and me) may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”

If you are not enjoying life, for whatever the reason, claim this scripture.  Remind God of what He said and ask Him to bless you.

Isaiah 54:17

“No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment you shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is from Me,” says the Lord.”

If somebody or something is coming at you, you may use this scripture.  God will hear you and He will protect you.

Philippians 4:13

 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” If you have an assignment, a project or a task that may be rather difficult for you,  pray this scripture.  You may even add Mark 9:23, which says: “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” You can be the one who believes. You may also read Mark 10:27.

Romans 8:37-39

 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.  For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Two points:  1. If we are Christians, we are more than conquerors. A conqueror has to fight to win, but all we have to do is pray.  2. Nothing can separate us from God if we do not permit it.

Joshua 1:5

“No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life; as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you nor forsake you.”

God promised this to Joshua, but since He does not change (Hebrews 13:8) and since He does not have favorites nor discriminates (Acts 10:34 and Deuteronomy 10:17), you may claim this for you.

Whatever you may be going through, find similar situations to yours in the Bible and claim those scriptures.  Just as God helped those people in biblical times, He will help you if you pray in faith.  He will hear your prayers just as He heard theirs.

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COVENANT OR CONTRACT?

Most people don’t know the difference between a covenant and a contract.  They are very different in nature.  Since both of them are found in the Bible, I will explain them according to the word of God. It may not be necessarily what a current judge or lawyer would say, but God is eternal and supreme over everything, while they are not.

Ruth 4:7-10

“Now this was the custom in former times in Israel concerning redeeming and exchanging, to confirm anything: one man took off his sandal and gave it to the other, and this was a confirmation in Israel. Therefore the close relative said to Boaz, “Buy it for yourself.” So he took off his sandal.  And Boaz said to the elders and all the people, “You are witnesses this day that I have bought all that was Elimelech’s, and all that was Chilion’s and Mahlon’s, from the hand of Naomi. Moreover, Ruth the Moabitess, the widow of Mahlon, I have acquired as my wife, to perpetuate the name of the dead through his inheritance…”

Three points: 1. A kinsman redeemer was a person who could rescue a relative who was financially in trouble.  2. Contracts were binding.  3. Witnesses had to be present. 4. To seal the deal the two parties would exchange shoes.  5. Ruth was part of the deal. 6. Contracts can be changed.

Exodus 21:2-5

“If you buy a Hebrew servant, he shall serve six years; and in the seventh he shall go out free and pay nothing. If he comes in by himself, he shall go out by himself; if he comes in married, then his wife shall go out with him. If his master has given him a wife, and she has borne him sons or daughters, the wife and her children shall be her master’s, and he shall go out by himself.  But if the servant plainly says, ‘I love my master, my wife, and my children; I will not go out free.”

These were the terms of the contract when buying slaves. The contract specified how many years the person who had been bought would remain a salve.  The latter could decide to stay as a slave after the six years were up.  The owner of the slave could sell him to somebody else.  

Genesis 29:18-21

Now Jacob loved Rachel; so he said (to Laban his uncle), “I will serve you seven years for Rachel your younger daughter.”And Laban said, “It is better that I give her to you than that I should give her to another man. Stay with me.” So Jacob served seven years for Rachel, and they seemed only a few days to him because of the love he had for her. Then Jacob said to Laban, “Give me my wife, for my days are fulfilled, that I may go in to her.”

Jacob and Laban had a contract, but if you read beyond verse 21, you will see that Laban changed the terms of the contract many times.  Contracts can become null and void if one of the two parties does not comply with its terms.  Covenants do not become null and void.

Genesis 2:15-17

“Then the Lord God took the man (Adam) and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it. And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat;  but of  the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”

This was a covenant between Adam, Eve and God.  The first human couple broke the covenant and consequently sin and spiritual death came into the world. Breaking a covenant has serious implications and consequences.

Genesis 9:15

I (God) will remember My covenant which is between Me and you (Noah) and every living creature of all flesh; the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh.”

God made a promise (to Noah and to mankind) in a covenant that the earth will never ever be destroyed by water and when God enters into a covenant it will come to pass.

Genesis 12:1-3

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.  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 made this covenant with Abraham and it has been fulfilled to the latter, but it also applies to us.  If we bless Israel, God will bless us, but if we curse it, God will curse us.  Guess what? God has removed His blessings from the United States because we are turning our back to Israel. 

John 14:1-3

“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me (Jesus Christ). 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, II will come again and receive you to Myself; that dwhere I am, there you may be also.”

Jesus made a covenant with His disciples, but it also applies to us. He said that He was going back to heaven, but that He would come back to take us with Him.  That event is called “therapture.”  It could happen any day now because all the signs He said would happen before His coming have already happened. 

The question is…are you in good standing with God? If you are not, this is the perfect time to make it right.

MAKE A COVENANT WITH GOD AND MAKE SURE YOU WILL GO TO HEAVEN

If you do not cherish the thought of spending eternity in the lake of fire suffering with the devil, his demons and all the people who refuse to receive Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, read the prayer below.  When you truly understand it and believe it, in faith and in all sincerity pray it to God in a loud voice. He will hear you and make you his son/daughter.  “Father God, I repent of all my sins. Please forgive me, live in me and bless me.  I believe and confess that Jesus Christ is your Son, that He died to pay for my sins, that He resurrected from the dead and that He is at your right hand in heaven interceding for me even now.  Because of His sacrifice I will live with You forever. Thank You, Father.  Amen.”

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THE LOST SHEEP

In case you are not a believer, have no idea about the Bible, and do not know who the lost sheep are, they are the people who, for one reason or another, have not accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.  You may be a lost sheep and, if you are, it would be very wise of you to read this entire message because by doing so, you could change your eternal destiny.

John 10:14

“I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me.” John 10:11 – “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.”

Here Jesus refers to Himself as the good shepherd and we (the Christians) are the sheep of His pasture. He knows us well and He gave His life for us.

Jeremiah 50:6

My people have been lost sheep; their shepherds have led them astray and caused them to roam on the mountains. They wandered over mountain and hill and forgot their own resting place.”

The first sheep to go astray were Adam and Eve and from there on people kept moving away from God. The shepherds who are leading the sheep astray are the religious leaders, pastors and evangelists who are changing the word of God, so that people will accept it readily.  There is only one way to heaven and that is through Jesus Christ.

Matthew 28:19

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”

Jesus gave this command to His disciples.  However it also applies to us, who call ourselves “Christians.” Our task is to find the lost sheep and bring them into the fold of Jesus Christ. 

Luke 15:1-7

“Now the tax collectors and sinners were all gathering around to hear Jesus. But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.” Then Jesus told them this parable:  “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it?  And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.”

Jesus shed His blood on the cross, died there, was buried and resurrected on the third day, so that every single human being could have salvation – eternal life with Him.  Unfortunately many people do not accept His sacrifice (they are the lost sheep and remain so, unless they ask Jesus to be their Lord and Savior), so they wind up in hell until the final judgment when they will be cast into the lake of fire to suffer eternally. Are you a lost sheep? If you are, Jesus is looking for you and if you come to Him, He will rejoice.

Luke 15:8-10

“Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one. Doesn’t she light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it? And when she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.’  In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”

The lost coin represents a lost soul.  A lost soul is one who will wind up in the lake of fire for not accepting Jesus Christ as his/her Lord and Savior.  Are you a lost coin? If you are Jesus is looking for you and if you let yourself be found, He will rejoice.

Luke 15:11- 16

 Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons. The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them. “Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living. After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need.  So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs.  He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything.”

The father kept waiting anxiously for that boy (the prodigal son) to come to his senses and come home, which he did when he hit rock bottom. The father was filled with joy.  If you are a prodigal son, God is anxiously waiting for you to come home.  Will you come home?

1 Peter 2:25

For you were like sheep going astray,” but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.”

Peter the apostle is telling this to anyone who has gone away from God, but then has come back to have a personal relationship with God.  Let’s hope that is you.

HOW NOT TO BE A LOST SHEEP

If you do not cherish the thought of being a lost sheep and of spending eternity in the lake of fire suffering with the devil, his demons and all the people who refuse to receive Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, read the prayer below.  When you truly understand it and believe it, in faith and in all sincerity pray it to God in a loud voice. He will hear you and make you his son/daughter.  “Father God, I repent of all my sins. Please forgive me, live in me and bless me.  I believe and confess that Jesus Christ is your Son, that He died to pay for my sins, that He resurrected from the dead and that He is at your right hand in heaven interceding for me even now.  Because of His sacrifice I will live with You forever. Thank You, Father.  Amen.”

If you prayed this prayed and meant it, you are no longer a lost sheep.  You have been found.

rlsalvation@sbcglobal.net      rlsalvation@gmail.com    April 14, 2016

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WHAT KIND OF SOIL ARE YOU?

There are thirty reference soil groups.  Of course there are many more subtypes. Every crop has a soil type that it prefers.  We know that because it grows much better there.  Some crops do not grow at all in certain types of soils or if they do, they do extremely poorly.  The farmers know that.  They also know in which soil to plant certain crops, how to prepare the soil, how to irrigate it, when to plant the crops and how to take care of them.

Jesus refers to the word of God as the seed and each person as the soil.  What type of soil a person is depends on how he receives the word of God and what he does with it.  Every person receives the word of God differently.  There are several factors involved, but the main ones are does he receive it with an open mind, a soft heart, as the truth, and as coming from the omniscient, omnipotent and omnipresent God, who is the Lord of lords and the King of kings?

Matthew 13:3-4

Jesus told the following parable:  “Behold, a sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds came and devoured it.”

Matthew 13:19

Jesus explains the seed that fell by the wayside. “When anyone hears the word of the kingdom, and does not understand it, then the wicked one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is he who received seed by the wayside.”

Matthew 13:5-6

Jesus tells them about the seed that fell on stony places. “Some fell on stony places, where they did not have much earth; and they immediately sprang up because they had no depth of earth. But when the sun was up they were scorched, and because they had no root they withered away.”

Matthew 13:20-21

Jesus explains about the seed that fell on stony places. “But he who received the seed on stony places, this is he who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; yet he has no root in himself, but endures only for a while. For when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he stumbles.”

Matthew 13:7

Other seed fell on thorns.  “Some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up and choked them.” As normal, Jesus is referring to people.

Matthew 13:22

Jesus explains who are the people who receive His word on the thorns.  “Now he who received seed among the thorns is he who hears the word, and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful.”

Matthew 13:8

The very best soil is: “But others fell on good ground and yielded a crop: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.”   A farmer loves to plant on good ground and Jesus loves to find people with an open heart.

Matthew 13:23

Jesus tells us where the good soil is.  “But he who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.”

The question was, is and will always be…What kind of soil are you? As a child of God, are you useless, mediocre or are you serving Him?  Do you receive the word of God for a season and then forget all about it? Are you hopping from church to church, from religion to religion or from philosophy to philosophy? 

Where you will spend eternity depends on what kind of soil you are.  If you are good soil, you will find excellent soil in heaven.  If you are poor soil, you will find extremely hot soil in hell and even hotter in the lake of fire.  No matter what kind of soil you have been up to know, you can

fertilize it (read the word of God).  You can prepare it (go to a born-again Christian church).  You can irrigate it (receive the Holy Spirit).  You can produce fruit (tell others about the plan of salvation through Jesus Christ).  You can also reap the harvest (You will go to heaven). 

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DO NOT DIE IN YOUR SINS

All of us sin, and the person who says, “I don’t sin,” is an absolute liar (1 John 1:8).  Either he is a liar by nature or he is one out of ignorance.  Nevertheless, God makes it very clear that all of us are sinners (Romans 3:23), and that unless those sins are paid for,  we will wind up eternally suffering in the lake of fire. 

Romans 3:22-24

 This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.”

Four points:  1. Although we have sinned, God makes us righteous if we receive His Son Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. 2. It does not matter what race, nationality, religion, or sex we are, God forgives us if we repent, come to Him through Jesus Christ and leave the sin behind. 3. All of us have sinned (Romans 3:9) and deserve punishment, but 4. Jesus died on the cross to redeem all mankind. No religion will get you saved. You have to leave religion behind and have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ – the Lord, Redeemer and Savior.    

1 John 1:7-10

“But if we walk in the light, as he (Jesus Christ) is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he (Jesus Christ) is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us.”

Jesus shed His blood to cleanse us of all sin.  When we become Christians (born-again people/John 3:3) we become as white as snow, as clean as can be because God blots out our sins.

Romans 6:23

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

Since all of us sin, every one of us deserves to go to hell, but since God is merciful and gracious, He sent His Son to die in our place.  Although salvation is available to every single person on this planet, and it is free, it is not automatic.  In order to receive salvation, a person has to repent, ask God for forgiveness, receive Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior believing in his heart and confessing with his mouth (Romans 10:9)that Jesus is the only begotten Son of God, that He died on the cross, resurrected on the third day, and is now at the right hand of the Father in heaven interceding for us by asking Father God to forgive us, to bless us and to give us salvation.

1 Corinthians 15:17

“And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins.”

In other words, if you don’t accept the fact that Jesus Christ died on the cross to pay for your sins and resurrected on the third day from among the dead, then you are still in your sins, will die and wind up in the lake of fire. Do you really want to be there eternally?  Only you can answer that question.  Nobody can make that decision for you. 

John 8:24

“ I told you that you would die in your sins; if you do not believe that I (Jesus Christ) am he, you will indeed die in your sins.”

We die in our sins, go to hell, and will spend eternity in the lake of fire suffering when we do not believe nor confess that Jesus Christ is God in the flesh.  He is not a prophet, an angel or simply a human; He is the Son of God – Emmanuel (God in the flesh).If you do not want to die in your sins, accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.

If you really want to have a pleasant and enjoyable eternity, but did not quite understand this message, get a Christian Bible and read John 1:12, John 3:3, John 3:15-17, John 14:1-3, John 14:6, 1 Peter 3:18, Romans 4:24-25 and Romans 10:9.

HOW TO MAKE SURE YOU WILL GO TO HEAVEN

If you do not cherish the thought of spending eternity in the lake of fire suffering with the devil, his demons and all the people who refuse to receive Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, read the prayer below.  When you truly understand it and believe it, in faith and in all sincerity pray it to God in a loud voice. He will hear you and make you his son/daughter.  “Father God, I repent of all my sins. Please forgive me, live in me and bless me.  I believe and confess that Jesus Christ is your Son, that He died to pay for my sins, that He resurrected from the dead and that He is at your right hand in heaven interceding for me even now.  Because of His sacrifice I will live with You forever. Thank You, Father.  Amen.”

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HOW TO MAKE SURE YOU WILL GO TO HEAVEN

If you do not cherish the thought of spending eternity in the lake of fire suffering with the devil, his demons and all the people who refuse to receive Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, read the prayer below.  When you truly understand it and believe it, in faith and in all sincerity prayit to God in a loud voice. He will hear you and make you his son/daughter.  “Father God, I repent of all my sins. Please forgive me, live in me and bless me.  I believe and confess that Jesus Christ is your Son, that He died to pay for my sins, that He resurrected from the dead and that He is at your right hand in heaven interceding for me even now.  Because of His sacrifice I will live with You forever. Thank You, Father.  Amen.”

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THE DEVIL DOES NOT HAVE A HOLD ON ME THAT I CANNOT BREAK

Many people think that the devil can do whatever he wants, that God cannot stop him and that we are defenseless against him.  Before the devil does something to us, he has to have God’s permission (Job 1:8-12).  We are not defenseless; we have the strongest weapon available, which is the word of God (Hebrews 4:12 & Ephesians 6:10-11).

Any hold the devil may have on us has come through his lies and deceit.  The word of God can set us free if we know it and apply it.

Ephesians 6:10-13

 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”

There is no question that the devil is real and that he will attack us (1 Peter 5:8) every chance he gets , but we can defeat him easily by living a righteous life, living by faith not by sight, serving God, tithing, praising God, praying, and by rebuking the evil one with the word of God. 

James 4:7

“Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.”

I do not flee from the devil, but the latter has to flee from me.  I just have to know the power I have through Jesus Christ and then use it when necessary. I do not allow the devil to get a hold on me. I don’t speak just for speaking  nor do I believe just for believing. I have actually driven out demons using the word of God and in the name of Jesus. 

Isaiah 54:17

“No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment you shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is from Me,” says the Lord.

The devil can only have a hold on me if I allow it.  If he tries, I can rebuke and defeat him in the name of Jesus. He has to flee.  There is no other choice for him.

Hebrews 4:12

“ For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”

Of course the devil will try to get a hold on us, and he will if we allow it. He has to have a legal right in order to do it. We give him that right when we get drunk, get high on drugs, get mad, have sex out of marriage or do anything else that is sinful and goes totally against God’s will. If the devil does get a hold on us we can break it by leaving that specific sin behind, and by using the word of God.  That is one good reason for us to learn scripture.  We cannot use it effectively unless we know what it says and know how to use it in any given situation. 

The devil may have a hold on you and you are not even aware of it.  If you are hooked on drugs, drinking, smoking, illicit sex, lying, stealing, arguing, mimicking, gossiping, slandering, blaming others, cussing, cursing, getting mad easily the devil has a grip on you.  Furthermore if you are jealous, envious, have a low self-image, feel sorry for yourself, cannot let go of the past, are afraid of your own shadow or if you are afraid of change the devil is controlling you.  I have good news for you…you can be set free.

Jesus Christ Himself says (John 8:36):  “Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.” Free from what?  Free from feeling guilty, blame, condemnation, the wrath of God, sin, the devil’s power, being afraid, low self-image, hatred, envy, jealousy and anything else that may have you bound.

By using the word of God, you can be free from any addiction you may have.  You may have tried quitting on your own and were unable to do so, but with the help of the Holy Spirit and God’s word you can succeed.  Bind that addiction away from you and loosen the power of God through the Holy Spirit in your life.  In Matthew 18:18, Jesus tells us:  “Assuredly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”

For the sake of giving you a good example of how to pray, let’s say you are hooked on drugs. Your prayer could go something like this:  “Father God, I repent of the sin of using drugs. I have not been able to break the habit on my own. In the name of my Lord Jesus Christ, please help me break the habit as of this very moment.  Thank You, Father.  Amen.”

Any time you feel like using drugs, rebuke the devil something like this:  “Devil and demon behind my drug addiction, in the name of my Lord Jesus Christ and through His shed blood, I rebuke you and command you to get out of my mind, my body and my life now.”  ”Holy Father, guide me, protect me and strengthen me through your Holy Spirit.” 

So that you won’t fall back into your old routine, start attending a born-again Christian church. They probably have a support group and the people in it will help you.  Being that you need God and other people, do not and I repeat do not try to do it on your own.  God bless you!

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A RIGHTEOUS ANGER

You are probably thinking…Is there such a thing as a righteous anger?  I can assure you that there is, and I am going to prove it to you through Bible scriptures.  More than anything FatherGod hates disobedience, which is anything that goes against His will. Jesus Christ hates anything that goes against the Father’s will, and we should hate it too.

Revelation 12:7-9

 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 themin 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.”

Lucifer was one of God’s favorite angels, but because of disobedience and false pride, in righteous anger God had him cast out of heaven

Genesis 3:17-19

“Then to Adam He (God) said, ‘Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat of it’: “Cursed is the groundfor your sake; In toil you shall eat of it All the days of your life. Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you, and you shall eat the herb of the field. In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for dust you are, and to dust you shall return.’”

In righteous hate, God gave Adam and the rest of humanity an extremely severe punishment because of disobedience.  God righteously hates disobedience.  The single reason many people don’t have salvation and some of the ones who do, do not have communication with God is because of disobedience. 

Genesis 6:5-8

“Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.  And the Lord was sorry that He had mademan on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart.  So the Lord said, “I will destroy man whomI have created from the face of the earth, both man and beast, creeping thing and birds of the air, for I am sorry that I have made them.” But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.”

Man was disobeying God, and in righteous anger, God destroyed all the ungodly people.  Noah and his family were righteous, and because of that, God had mercy on them.  Otherwise the human race would have become extinct.

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 (Lot’s wife disobeyed) behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.”

God displayed His righteous anger because the men of Sodom and Gomorrah were sexual perverts (homosexuals).  See Genesis 19:1-9 and Romans 1:26-32.  God hates homosexuality and lesbianism.  The latter two may be politically correct, but they are completely contrary to God’s will and principles.  The wrath of God will be displayed strongly against the United States of America and any other country who espouses that lifestyle as if it were the normal thing to do.  

Exodus 14:26-29

“Then the Lord said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand over the sea, that the waters may come back upon the Egyptians, on their chariots, and on their horsemen.” And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and when the morning appeared, the sea returned to its full depth, while the Egyptians were fleeing into it. So the Lord overthrew the Egyptians in the midst of thesea. Then the waters returned and covered the chariots, the horsemen, and all the army of Pharaoh that came into the sea after them. Not so much as one of them remained. But the children of Israel had walked on dry land in the midst of the sea, and the waters were a wall to them on their right hand and on their left.”

It sounds like the righteous anger and judgment of God came against the Egyptians for mistreating the chosen people, which is the Jewish nation. 

Proverb 6:16-19

“These six things the Lord hates, Yes, seven are an abomination to Him:  A proud look, a lying tongue,  hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that are swift in running to evil, a false witness who speaks lies, and one who sows discord among brethren.” We ought to hate those things too.

By now you know that although God is love (1 John 4:8), He has other feelings, such asrighteous anger and hate. If you are a true Christian you should hate the same things He hates.  Some of those things should be idolatry, disobedience, abortion, homosexuality, pride, lying, cheating, stealing, crime, fraudulent activities, corruption, trouble makers, injustice, taking advantage of less fortunate people, violence, going against God’s will and so on. 

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A TRUTH THAT SURPASSES ALL UNDERSTANDING

There is a truth that surpasses all understanding, which is how God created everything that exists from nothing.  Only God – the Creator – could have done that.  Men can come up with different inventions, but they use elements that God brought into existence.

(Genesis 1:1-2) – “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.  The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.” (Genesis 1:26-27) – “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.” (John 1:3-4) – “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.” (John 14:6) – “ Jesus said to him (Doubting Thomas – one of His disciples), “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

Jesus is the truth, the light, the Creator and the Living God. He created everything that was ever created with a purpose and by design. If you believe in evolution, how do you explain that design that is found in plants, animals, human beings, galaxies and so on?

A FAITH THAT SURPASSES ALL UNDERSTANDING

A true Christian has a faith that surpasses all understanding because his faith comes from God.

(Romans 12:3) – “For I 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.” (Ephesians 2:8-9) – “ 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.” (Luke 22:31-32) – “And the Lord said, “Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brothers.”

God is so righteous, holy, and just that even our faith in Him comes from Him. We should not boast, because He is the one who gives us the measure of faith that we need.

A LOVE THAT SURPASSES ALL UNDERSTANDING

A true and sincere love between parents and their children, man and wife or between other human beings might be hard to explain, but not impossible.  The love a person has for a pet or vice-versa is not easily understood sometimes, but nevertheless it is real.  However the love that God has for us or the one that some of us have for Him defies understanding; it is both physical and spiritual. 

(John 3:16-17) – “ For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son (Jesus Christ), 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.” (Romans 5:8) –“ But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

We cannot comprehend God’s type of love because his ways are much higher than ours.  He sent His Son Jesus Christ to suffer and die on the cross for our sins. If we receive that sacrifice, believe and confess that Jesus died and was resurrected on the third day, and receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, then we become children of God. 

A PEACE THAT SURPASSES ALL UNDERSTANDING

Any person can feel at peace when everything is going well. It is when everything is turned upside down that people do not know what to do.  That is when real peace seems to evade them. (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.” (Colossians 3:15) – “Let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.”

Regardless what the circumstances may be a Christian has that peace that surpasses all understanding because the peace of God is in him. 

A HOPE THAT SURPASSES ALL UNDERSTANDING

There are many people in the world who have no hope at all.  Their circumstances may be such that they can’t see a way out.  You may be one of them.  The reason they don’t have any hope is because God is not in their lives. (Romans 5:5) – “ 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.” (1 Tim 1:1) – “Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ, by the commandment of God our Savior and the Lord Jesus Christ, our hope.” Jesus is our hope of salvation – eternal life. (acts 24:15) – “ I have hope in God, which they themselves also accept, that there will be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and the unjust.” (Psalm 71:5) – “For You are my hope, O Lord GOD; You are my trust from my youth.”

The hope for our future, our destiny and our eternity is tied directly to our faith in Jesus Christ. The word of God tells us that without faith, it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6).

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WALK IN THE LIGHT

Natives who live in the jungle or in very remote areas have found the moonless nights to be very dangerous because dangerous animals are lurking in the dark. Some of us, for one reason or another, have walked in total darkness at night and we have learned that it is not safe to do so, and that it is not a very good idea.  We have tripped, fallen and even gotten hurt because we could not see where we were going.

John 8:12

“Then Jesus spoke to them (the Pharisees – the religious leaders) again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” Jesus embodies holiness, sacredness, goodness, eternal life and the light, while the devil embodies sin, hatred, rebellion, wickedness and everything that is bad, eternal separation from God, and total darkness.

John 12:35-36

 Then Jesus said to them, “A little while longer the light is with you. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you; he who walks in darkness does not know where he is going. While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light.” These things Jesus spoke, and departed, and was hidden from them.”

Most of Jesus’ disciples were fishermen.  He called them out of the world (darkness) to follow Him into His light (righteousness) and they did. He is calling you to become a Christian if you are not one already. 

1 Peter 2:9

“But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.”

Because God loves us so much,  He called us out of darkness into His light, while we were still in darkness deep into sin (Romans 5:8).

Ephesians 5:8

“For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light.”

Before accepting Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior we were living in darkness – out of God’s will.  We belonged to the devil.  When we became Christians, we became God’s children and children of light. 

1 Thessalonians 5:5

 You are all sons of light (children of God) and sons of the day. We are not of the night (we do not belong to the devil) nor of darkness.”

By accepting Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, we walk out of darkness into God’s light.

Psalm 27:1

“The Lordis my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lordis the strength of my life;
of whom shall I be afraid?”

Jesus cannot be your light, strength nor your Savior, unless you receive Him as your Lord and Savior.

Proverb 4:18-19

But the path of the just is like the shining sun, that shines ever brighter unto the perfect day.
The way of the wicked
is like darkness; they do not know what makes them stumble.”

The people who do not read the Bible, don’t go to a Christian church, don’t pray nor think about God have no idea that they are living in darkness and that they will spend eternity suffering in the lake of fire.

1 John 1:5-7

This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.”

If you have never walked in the light – have never been a Christian – but would like to do so, read the prayer below several times, and when you fully understand it, pray it to God aloud from the bottom of your heart.  He will hear you and will send His light into your life.

“Holy Father, I repent of all my sins.  I ask You to forgive me.  I believe that Jesus is Your Son, that He suffered and died on the cross to pay for my sins, that He resurrected from the dead on the third day, and that He is at your right hand interceding for me right now.  I receive Jesus, the Holy Spirit and You in my heart to protect me, to guide me and to give me salvation. Thank You, Father God.  Amen.”

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SHOULD WE OBEY THE TEN COMMANDMENTS?

Most pastors, preachers and evangelists only teach from the New Testament.  They say that the Old Testament no longer applies, that it was only for those times, and that we should only follow the New Testament because we are living under grace.  However that is not the case. We will prove it to you through scriptures – many of them from the New Testament. 

Matthew 5:17-20

“Think not that I (Jesus Christ) have come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I have not come to destroy, but to fulfill.  For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I say unto you, that except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.”

Jesus did not do away with the ten commandments or the law of the prophets, but rather to help us fulfill them. 

Romans 8:4-5

“So that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us (the Christians), who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.…”

Although we cannot really fulfill the law (all of God’s commandments), we should still try and God, through His grace, will help us. 

John 14:15

“If you love me, keep my commandments.” Jesus said this to Philip and to the other disciples.  They could show their love for Him by keeping His commandments.  The same holds true for us.

1 John 5:2-4

“By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and observe His commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome. For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world– our faith.…”

This was written by the apostle John – the disciple who was the closest to Jesus. We show our love to God by keeping His commandments. 

John 14:21

“Whoever has my commandments and keeps them is the one who loves me(Jesus). The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.”

Jesus Christ Himself is asking us to keep His commandments, and if we do, we will be loved by God. It is as clear as can be.

 2 John 1:6

“This is love, that we walk according to His commandments. This is the commandment, that as you have heard from the beginning, you should walk in it.”

God’s commandments are for all of us throughout the existence of the human race.  God does not change; He is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8).

John 15:10-14

 If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. These things I (Jesus) have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full. This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.  Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.  You are My friends if you do whatever I command you.”

God has certain regulations, precepts,  rules, laws, commandments or whatever name we may choose to give them, but nevertheless we are to live by them. The most important commandment is for us to receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior(John 14:6).  The reason being that if we don’t do it, we will not have salvation. 

1 John 3:24

“Now he who keeps His (God’s) commandments abides in Him, and He in him. And by this we know that He abides in us, by the Spirit whom He has given us.”

The Holy Spirit abides in us if we keep God’s commandments.  If we don’t keep them, then God does not abide in us. 

If you do not know where the ten commandments are, read Exodus 20:1-17.  It will also help you if you read Matthew 22:37-40 as well.  Jehovah is a loving God, but He does have some rules for us to follow.  Not only would He be a worthless god without any authority whatsoever, but He would be a worthless leader if he did not have any guidelines and controls for us to live by.  Especially since most of us are rebels by nature who rebel without a cause. 

Do not fall prey to the pastors, preachers and evangelists who want to increase their flock, fame, fortune  and their possessions by preaching a limited message – one of love, success, grace, do whatever pleases you, the best days are ahead of you, God does not judge, and God is forever changing to adjust to the new norms.  God does not bend according to society’s whims.  He, His word and His principles will never ever change.  

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LIVE ACCORDING TO THE WORD OF GOD

The chances are you are living your life according to your own criteria.  You may have developed it according to all the important factors that have influenced your life.  There were many experiences, some repeated many times and some not, that shaped your way of thinking. The latter, of course, determines how you live your life. 

You may be doing your parents’ will, society’s will, your culture’s will, the will of your peers, some other will or even the devil’s will.  Your life may even be in shambles.  If you start doing God’s will, everything will start falling into its rightful place. 

John 6:38

“For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.”  Jesus made it very clear that He came to do the will of the Father.  We should do the same thing.

Luke 22:42

(Jesus) saying, “Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done.”

No matter what the circumstances were, even unto death, Jesus did the will of the Father.

John 4:34

“Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me (God the Father), and to finish His work.”

The will and the work that Jesus had to do was to make salvation available to us by paying for our sins in order to reconcile us with God the Father.

John 6:40

 And this is the will of Him (God the Father) who sent Me (Jesus Christ), that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day.”

There is no other way to be saved other than receiving Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior (John 14:6).

Mark 3:35

“For whoever does the will of God is My brother and My sister and mother.”

If we do the will of God, we become part of His family.  All Christians are brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus.  The people who are not Christians, regardless of their religion or how nice and kind they may be, do not and will not have salvation, unless they do the will of the Father.

Matthew 7:21

Not everyone who says to Me (Jesus), ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.”

In order for us to have salvation we have to do the will of the Father.  Our first step is to repent and then to receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.

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.”

How should we live?  We should worship God, do His will and live by faith (Hebrews 11:6).  If we do that, God will be happy with us, and He will provide the gift of salvation to us.

1 John 2:17

“And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.” I hope that “he” who does the will of God is you.  Because if it is you, you will live with God eternally.

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.”

In other words, we should not live by the sinful rules of this world, but by the will of God. Of course, we should obey the rules of this world, but when there is a conflict, God’s rules take precedence. 

If you don’t transform your mind and keep on living according to the rules of the world, which keep on continuously changing, you will wind up in the lake of fire.  The will of God for your life is for you to love Him and to love people (Matthew 22:37-40).

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thelivinglights.com   laluzviviente.com  February 18, 2016

IS THERE LIFE AFTER DEATH?

The question, “Is there life after death?” has been around since the beginning of human existence.  Some people believe there is, while others believe once this life is over there is nothing else.  The Bible makes it very clear that there is eternal life. 

2 Corinthians 5:8-9

We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord. Therefore we make it our aim, whether present or absent, to be well pleasing to Him (Jesus Christ).”

The apostle Paul makes it quite clear that as soon as a Christian dies, he or she is present with the Lord to live eternally. 

John 14:1-3

Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me (Jesus Christ).  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× References for John 14:2 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.”

Jesus told that to His disciples, but He is also telling us, that He is coming back to take His followers back with Him that we may live eternally.  That event is known as the rapture.

Luke 16:19-31

“There was a certain rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and fared sumptuously every day.  But there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, full of sores, who was laid at his gate,   desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fellfrom the rich man’s table. Moreover the dogs came and licked his sores.  So it was that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s bosom. The rich man also died and was buried.   And being in torments in Hades, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.  “Then he cried and said, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.’  But Abraham said, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things; but now he is comforted and you are tormented.   And besides all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed, so that those who want to pass from here to you cannot, nor can those from there pass to us.’  “Then he said, ‘I beg you therefore, father, that you would send him to my father’s house,  for I have five brothers, that he may testify to them, lest they also come to this place of torment.’  Abraham said to him, ‘They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.’ And he said, ‘No, father Abraham; but if one goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’  But he said to him, ‘If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead.’”

Jesus Himself told the Pharisees (the religious leaders) the Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus. In it He clearly explains that there is eternal life after our physical death.

Luke 23:43

“And Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.”

Jesus told this to one of the men who was crucified next to Him.  Yes, that man died physically,

but his soul is with Jesus throughout eternity.

John 11:25-26

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, heshall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?”

Jesus told this to Martha, as He was about to resurrect her brother Lazarus who had been dead for four days.  Lazarus did resurrect.  Years later he died physically, but then his soul went to heaven where he will live eternally.

John 3:34-36

For He whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God does not give the Spirit by measure. The Father loves the Son, and has given all things into His hand.  He who believes in the Son has everlastinglife; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.”

The apostle John makes it very clear that we will spend eternity with God – but only if we believe in Jesus Christ and accept Him as our Savior.  Have you done that?

John 5:28-29

Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice and come forth—those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation.”

What Jesus is telling us is that all of us will be judged – the ones who have salvation will spend eternity with Him and the ones who refused to received Him as Lord and Savior will spend eternity in the lake of fire.  Where will you be?

Romans 10:9-13

 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.  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.”

Being saved means you will spend eternity with God.  Yes, there is life after death.  All of us, with no exception, will participate in it.  The only difference is… some will be in the lake of fire suffering and others will be with Jesus Christ enjoying eternity to the fullest.  If you want to be in the latter place instead of the former, in all sincerity and humility from the bottom of your heart in a loud voice, pray the following prayer to God:

“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 and resurrected to pay for my sins and to reconcile me back to You.  I receive Him, the Holy Spirit and You in my heart.  Guide me, protect me and use me as your servant. Amen.”

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thelivinglights.com   laluzviviente.com   February 11, 2016

RUN A GOOD RACE

There are many races around the world.  Some are for short distances and some are marathons.  Before competing in one of them the runners prepare themselves.  Only one can win, but all of them try to run a good race.  That means  following all the rules and finishing the race. 

This message is not really about a race per se, but it’s about  comparing life to a race. Since we only get one chance at it, it would behoove us to run it well.

1 Timothy 4:7-8

 But reject profane and old wives’ fables, and exercise yourself toward godliness.  For bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come.”

The same way that our body needs physical exercise to run a good race, our mind needs spiritual exercise to get us closer to God and to do well in the race of life.

Philippians 3:12-14

“Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me.  Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead,  I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”

The apostle Paul says that he keeps on pressing on in the race of life.  His race was not over until he went home to be with the Lord.  It is the same for us.  We should keep on living a good Christian life until the Lord takes us home to be with Him.

2 Timothy 4:7-8

“I (Paul the apostle) 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.”

At the end of his life, Paul could say that he had lived by faith, had served God and had lived a good life according to godly principles.  Will you be able to say the same?

Philippians 2:13-16

“For it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.  Do all things without complaining and disputing,  that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world,  holding fast the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain.”

Paul had brought the Philippians into salvation and he wanted to make sure that he had not labored in vain.  He was telling them to live a godly life, so others could see God in them.  

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.”

In a normal race only one person wins, but in the race of life anybody who receives Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior wins.  That is because God forgives all our sins if we repent, ask Him for forgiveness and live by faith, instead of by sight.  Our prize is eternal life with God in a place where there is no death, sorrow, sadness, sickness, crying, blaming others, jealousy, hatred, envy, fear, frustration, unrighteousness, darkness, despair, hunger or anything else that is negative.  

Are you running a good race?  Are you reading God’s word and trying to live by it? When your life is over, will you be able to say, “I ran a good race?”

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thelivinglights.com   laluzviviente.com  February 4, 2016

THERE IS A FORK ON THE ROAD

Sometimes we come to a fork on the road and we don’t know which way to go.  The reason for that could be that both sides have something to offer and we can’t decide what it is we really want.  Regardless of which one we choose, we have to give up what the other one had to offer. The decision is not an easy one, but it has to be made.  Regardless of how you decide, the decision has eternal consequences.

Matthew 7:13-14

“Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because] narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.”

There is a fork on the road; one way leads to a broad gate, which is the one that most people take. That is the one that allows a person to do as he or she wishes. The only restrictions  the person has are his own conscience and obeying man’s laws.  The other gate is very narrow.  Very few people take it because they cannot do their own will.  They have to follow God’sprinciples, which are not burdensome, but they do not allow the person to fulfill his or her physical pleasures.

Proverb 16:17

The highway of the upright is to depart from evil; He who keeps his way preserves his soul.When you get to a fork on the road, you have to decide which highway to follow.  You can either take the highway of evil, which will take you to hell and later on to the lake of fire. The other one is the highway of righteousness.  You enter that one when you receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.  There is no other entrance to it.

Isaiah 35:8

A highway shall be there, and a road, and it shall be called the Highway of Holiness. The unclean shall not pass over it, but it shall be for others.  Whoever walks the road, although a fool, shall not go astray.”

The only ones allowed to travel to be with Jesus on the Highway of Holiness are the ones who have accepted Him as their Lord and Savior.  Will you be one of them? You will if your name is written on “The Lamb’s Book of Life.”  Is your name there?

Psalm 118:20 & Isaiah 40:3

This is the gate of the Lord, through which the righteous shall enter.Jesus is that gate.

One road leads to God, the other one leads to the devil.  Through one gate one enters heaven, but the other one leads to hell – eternal separation from God.  You are right now at a fork on the road, which way will you go?

John 14:6

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

Jesus made it very clear to Nicodemus – one of the religious leaders – that He (Jesus) is the only way to heaven.  There is no other name under which we can be saved (Acts 4:12).  You are at that fork on the road where the broad side leads to Krishna, Buddha, Allah, Zeus, the Great White Father, the God Serpent, and many more.  The narrow side leads to Jesus.  Your soul is hanging in the balance.  You must decide as to where you will go.  A no decision means you have already chosen the broad road.

If you choose to follow the narrow road, you must repent, ask God to forgive you and receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.  If you don’t know how to do it, read the following prayer and when you truly understand it, pray it to God aloud in all sincerity and humility.  He will hear you, will receive it and will give you salvation.  “Father God, I repent of all my sins.  Please forgive me.   I believe and confess that Jesus Christ suffered, gave up his life to pay for my sins, resurrected on the third day, and that He is at your right hand in heaven praying for me right now.  I make Him my Lord and Savior and I ask the Holy Spirit to live in me.  Amen.” If you prayed that prayer and meant it, you have taken the correct road.  God bless you!

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thelivinglights.com   laluzviviente.com    January 27, 2016

 

DIVINE THOUGHTS 2

 

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 se trata de lo que yo puedo hacer.

Se trata de lo que  Dios hace obrando en mí.

No se trata de cómo yo veo a la gente.

Se trata de  que yo la  vea con los  ojos  de Dios.

No se trata de acumular mucha riqueza.

Se trata de servir a Dios y hacer tesoros en el cielo.

No se  trata de  trabajar para  ser  salvos.

Se trata de recibir a Jesucristo como nuestro Salvador.

DO IT GOD’S WAY

Do not do things Frank Sinatra’s way

but do them God’s way.

Do not live your life the world’s way

but  live  it  God’s  way.

Do not make  decisions  your  way –

make them God’s way.

Do not treat others  just  your way –

treat them God’s way.

Don’t go to eternity the devil’s way.

Go into  it  God’s  way.

HAZLO A LA MANERA DE DIOS

No hagas las cosas a la manera de Frank Sinatra

sino a la manera de Dios.

No vivas tu vida a la manera de este mundo

sino a la manera de Dios.

No  hagas  las  decisiones  a  tu  manera

sino a la manera de Dios.

No  trates  al  prójimo  a  tu  manera

sino a la voluntad de Dios.

No vayas perdido a la eternidad

sino al cielo  con  tu  Dios.

IF GOD WERE NOT GOD

If God were not God

we would  have no  hope at all.

If God were not God

we would not even be alive.

If God were not God

there  would be no life at all.

If God were not God

 planet earth would not even exist.

If God were not God

nothing, but nothing that exists would exist.

SI DIOS NO FUERA DIOS

Si Dios no fuera Dios

no tuviéramos  esperanzas.

Si Dios no fuera Dios

ni  siquiera  tuviéramos  vida.

Si Dios no fuera Dios

este planeta ni siquiera existiera.

Si Dios no fuera Dios

ninguna clase  de vida se conociera.

Si Dios no fuera Dios

nada pero nada de lo que existe existiría.

THE GOD OF SALVATION

Everlasting God,

You had no beginning and you will have no end.

God of creation,

You  created  me  and  I  will  always  worship  You.

God of Abraham,

spiritually I am Your son and  by faith  I am Abraham’s.

God of the cross,

You gave up your life, but You resurrected for all believers.

God of Israel,

You have chosen Israel as  your people and  the believers too.

Forgiving God,

You have forgiven all my sins because I asked You to forgive me.

God   of  love,

You  give  us  unconditional  love  although  we  do not  deserve  it.

God  of  light,

You   have  brought your light to us in order to get us out of darkness.

God of wisdom,

You have taught us that fear of the Lord is the real beginning of wisdom.

God of power,

Although You are  powerful You  have  taught  us  humility  and  meekness.

God of  grace,

Although  we  don’t  deserve  forgiveness  nor  salvation  You give them to us.

Healing  God,

Regardless  of  what  illness  we may have,  You are willing and  able to heal us.

Redeemer God,

You  redeem  us of  any and  all wrongdoings  because You love us unconditionally.

EL DIOS DE LA SALVACIÓN

Dios de la eternidad,

no tuviste  comienzo  y jamás  tendrás  fin.

Dios de la creación,

porque  me creaste a mí,  siempre te adoraré.

Dios de Abraham,

en  espíritu  soy  tu   hijo  y  por  fe  de   Abraham.

Dios  de  la  cruz,

diste  tu  vida  por  nuestros  pecados  y    resucitaste.

Dios  de   Israel,

escogiste  a  los  israelitas  y  a  los  creyentes   también.

Dios perdonador,

te pedí perdón  por todos mis  pecados y me has perdonado .

Dios   de   amor,

nos has  brindado  amor incondicional  sin  que lo merezcamos.

Dios de luz divina,

nos has traído  tu luz para  que salgamos  de la horrible  oscuridad.

Dios de sabiduría,

nos has enseñado que el temor a Dios es el comienzo de la sabiduría.

Dios  del   poder,

aunque eres todopoderoso requieres  que seamos  humildes  y mansos.

Dios de la gracia,

aunque no  merecemos ni  la  salvación  ni el  perdón  nos  ofreces ambos.

Dios  Sanador,

sin importar la gravedad de la enfermedad  que tengamos nos puedes sanar.

Dios  redentor,

nos redimes con  tu sangre  de todo pecado  y maldad que  hagamos cometido.

THE BLOOD OF THE LAMB

The blood of the Lamb

is calling us out of the darkness.

The blood of Jesus Christ

is waiting to cleanse us of all sin.

The blood that Jesus shed

paid for all the sins of all mankind.

The precious blood of God

can open the gates of heaven to us.

The blood of our Lord Jesus

wants to reconcile us with our Father.

The pure blood of the Lamb

can give us eternal life with our Savior.

LA SANGRE DEL CORDERO

La  sangre  del  cordero

Nos pide que salgamos de la oscuridad.

La  sangre  de  Jesucristo

Esta esperando para limpiarnos del pecado.

La sangre que Jesús vertió

Pagó por todos los pecados de toda la humanidad.

La preciosa sangre de Dios

Es la que les abre  los portales del cielo a los hijos de Dios.

La sangre de nuestro Señor

Es por la cual podemos  reconciliarnos con  nuestro Padre celestial.

La sangre pura del cordero

Nos puede dar vida eterna con nuestro Padre y con nuestro Señor y Salvador.

EL DIOS DE LA SALVACIÓN

Dios de la eternidad,

no tuviste  comienzo  y jamás  tendrás  fin.

Dios de la creación,

porque  me creaste a mí,  siempre te adoraré.

Dios de Abraham,

en  espíritu  soy  tu   hijo  y  por  fe  de   Abraham.

Dios  de  la  cruz,

diste  tu  vida  por  nuestros  pecados  y    resucitaste.

Dios  de   Israel,

escogiste  a  los  israelitas  y  a  los  creyentes   también.

Dios perdonador,

te pedí perdón  por todos mis  pecados y me has perdonado .

Dios   de   amor,

nos has  brindado  amor incondicional  sin  que lo merezcamos.

Dios de luz divina,

nos has traído  tu luz para  que salgamos  de la horrible  oscuridad.

Dios de sabiduría,

nos has enseñado que el temor a Dios es el comienzo de la sabiduría.

Dios  del   poder,

aunque eres todopoderoso requieres  que seamos  humildes  y mansos.

Dios de la gracia,

aunque no  merecemos ni  la  salvación  ni el  perdón  nos  ofreces ambos.

Dios  Sanador,

sin importar la gravedad de la enfermedad  que tengamos nos puedes sanar.

Dios  redentor,

nos redimes con  tu sangre  de todo pecado  y maldad que  hagamos cometido.

IT’S ONLY THROUGH JESUS

Abandon the devil’s lies and come to the truth.

You will find it in Jesus.

Leave the darkness and come to the light.

That  light  is  in Jesus.

If you are lost you may  find the way,

if you  come to  Jesus.

Enter heaven  through  the door,

and the door is Jesus.

Come to the presence of God.

Do it through Jesus.

If  you  need  a  miracle,

just call on Jesus.

Do you need peace?

It’s in Jesus.

SOLAMENTE EN CRISTO

Abandona las mentiras del diablo y ven a la verdad.

La encuentras en Jesús.

Sal de la oscuridad y ven a la verdadera luz.

Esa  luz  es  Jesucristo.

Si  estás  perdido,  busca  el  camino.

El  camino  es  Jesús.

Entra  al  cielo  por  la  puerta.

La  puerta  es  Jesús.

Ven a la presencia de Dios

por medio de Cristo.

¿Necesitas  milagro?

Clámale  a Dios.

¿Te falta paz?

Está en Jesús.

WE HAVE NO CLUE

No mind has imagined

what God has for us in eternity.

No  eye  has   seen

the  colors it will enjoy  in heaven.

No  ear  has  heard

The choir of  angels  worshiping God .

No hand has touched

The softness it will feel in God’s presence.

No feet have walked

on the streets of gold as they will in heaven.

No man really knows

what God has prepared  for him after  this life.

 

NO TENEMOS LA MENOR IDEA

Nadie se imagina

lo que le espera en la eternidad.

Ningún  ojo  ha   visto

la variedad de colores que verá en el cielo.

Ningún oído ha escuchado

las  melodías de  los  ángeles  adorando  a  Dios.

Ninguna mano ha sentido

la suavidad de todo lo que sentirá en el cielo.

Ningún pie han andado

en calles de puro oro como las del cielo.

Ningún hombre sabe

todo lo  que Dios le ha preparado.

IT’S BECAUSE OF WHO HE IS

God does  not love you just  because of  who you  are.

He loves  you  because  of  who  He  is.

He is the essence of love.

God does not save you because of what you have done.

He saves  you because of what Jesus did.

He gave up His life for you.

God does  not really  listen to  you because  you  speak.

He listens to you because of your prayers.

Prayer can changes things.

God does not simply help you because you have a need.

He  helps  you  because  you  pray in faith.

Faith can move mountains.

ES POR QUIEN ES EL

Dios  no  te  ama  por  quien eres  tú.

Te ama por quien es él.

Él es puro amor.

Dios no te salva por lo que has hecho,

sino por lo que hizo Jesús.

Dio su vida por ti.

Dios no te escucha solo porque hablas.

Te oye porque tú le oras.

La oración es útil.

Dios no te ayuda por tus necesidades.

Te ayuda por tu fe en él –

mueve montañas.

BLESSED IS THE MAN

Blessed is the man

whose eyes are opened

for he shall see God’s light.

Blessed is the man

who sincerely repents

for  he  shall  be  forgiven.

Blessed is the man

 who makes Jesus  Lord

for he shall have salvation.

Blessed is the man

who lives just by faith

for God  will  be with  him.

Blessed is a Christian

when he leaves  this world

for his home will be in heaven.

BENDECIDO ES EL HOMBRE

Bendecido es el hombre

a  quien  se  le  abren  los  ojos

porque va a encontrar la luz de Dios.

Bendecido es el hombre

quien se  arrepiente  de  corazón

Porque sus pecados son  perdonados.

Bendecido es el hombre

cuyo Señor y Salvador es Jesús

porque jamás  perderá  su salvación.

Bendecido es el hombre

quien vive solamente por fe

porque Jehová siempre le  proveerá.

Bendecido es el cristiano

quien  abandona  este mundo

porque su nuevo hogar es el cielo

IT COMES FROM GOD

The true strength of a man

is  in his humility.

The real  justice of  a man

is his compassion.

The actual Sanctity of man

is obedience to God

The agape love a man has

comes  from  God.

How a man keeps his word

that  is  his  truth.

How a man treats people

that is  his worth.

The faith a man has in God

that sustains him.

How much God is in man

only God  knows.

VIENE DE DIOS

La fuerza del hombre

es  su  humildad.

La justicia de un hombre

es su compasión.

La santidad de un hombre –

 obedecer  a  Dios.

El  amor  que  tiene  el  hombre

viene de su Dios.

Como el hombre cumple su palabra

esa es su verdad.

El tratamiento que el hombre da a otros

es lo que él vale.

La fe que tiene un hombre en su Dios –

eso lo sostiene.

Cuánto hay de Dios en una persona

sólo Dios lo sabe.

IF YOU RUN OUT OF ANSWERS

If you run out of answers before a problem in front of you

it  would be wise for you to turn to God.

If you  run  out of  money  before running out  of  month

find a better-paying job and plan better.

If you run  out of  patience before running out of  time

renew  your mind  and think  differently.

If you run out of time before you finish your projects

it is time to start  planning much better.

If you run out of options before you start a  project

forget all about it and don’t get involved.

If you run out of life before becoming a Christian

you  will  wind  up  suffering  in the  fire.

SI SE TE ACABAN LAS RESPUESTAS

Si se te acaban las respuestas ante un problema

sería mejor que se lo dieras a Dios.

Si se  te acaba el dinero  antes  que  se acabe el mes

busca  mejor  empleo  y  planea mejor.

Si se te acaba el tiempo antes que termines tus proyectos

es tiempo que comiences a planear mejor.

Si  se te  acaban  las opciones  antes de comenzar un proyecto

olvídalo y no  te  involucres  porque  fracasará.

Si  se  te  acaba  la  paciencia  antes  que  se  te  acabe  el  tiempo

cambia y transforma  tu mente  y modo  de pensar.

Si se  te acaba  la  vida antes de recibir a  Jesucristo  como tu Salvador

pasarás  la  eternidad  sufriendo  en el  lago de  fuego.

IT’S ALL AROUND YOU

Light is all around you

but you must come out of darkness.

Faith is looking at you

but you have to let go of your unbelief.

Hope is next to you

but  you  should discard  all hopelessness.

Confidence is waiting

for you  to  face and  overcome  your  fears.

Love   is   within  you

but you must  forgive and say good-bye to hate.

The Holy Spirit is near

but so far you have  kept  Him  totally  unemployed.

God  is very   patient.

That’s why He waits for you to repent and come to Him.

Heaven is there for you

but only if you receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior.

ESTÁ A TU ALREDEDOR

Hay luz todo alrededor de ti

pero tienes que salir de la oscuridad.

La fe te está  persiguiendo

pero tienes que soltar la incredulidad.

La esperanza está a tu lado

pero sólo si abandonas la inseguridad.

La confianza está esperando

que  triunfes  sobre  todos  tus  miedos

El amor ya fue plantado en ti

pero sólo florece  si descartas el  odio.

El Espíritu Santo ya vive en ti

pero solamente obra si le das permiso.

Dios ha sido paciente contigo.

Espera que  te arrepientas  de corazón.

El cielo será verdadero para ti

pero  sólo si  Jesucristo  es tu  Redentor.

HELP ME BE LIKE YOU

Father, help me hear You

the way You want me to hear You.

God, allow me to feel You

the  way You want me to feel You.

Jesus, permit me to see You

the way  You want me to see You.

 Spirit  let  me  befriend   You

the way You want to be befriended.

Master, I want to  obey  You

the way You want be to obey You.

Savior, guide me to live now

just the way You want me to live.

Jesus, give me love for others

the  way  they  need  to  be loved.

Father, receive me in heaven

according  to Your  righteousness.

AYÚDAME A SER COMO TÚ

Padre, ayúdame a oírte

como deseas que yo te oiga.

Dios, permíteme sentirte

como quieres  que  te sienta.

Jesucristo, déjame verte

como  deseas  que  yo te vea.

Espíritu, soy tu amigo,

¿cómo  quieres  que  lo  sea?

Amo, deseo obedecerte

como  sé  que  debo  hacerlo.

Señor Jesús, quiero vivir

como tú  quieras que yo viva.

Dios, ayúdame a amar

como  tú  quieres  que  ame.

Jesucristo, recíbeme tú

cuando yo llegue a los cielos.

DON’T BE A FOOL

Don’t spend time chasing the wind .

It’s pure  foolishness.

Don’t look for the elusive butterfly.

You will never find  it.

Don’t be  a perennial  daydreamer.

You’ll be wasting time.

Don’t go to the end of the rainbow.

There is no pot of gold.

Don’t try to make castles in the air.

They are just fantasies.

Don’t just hope  for a better future.

Prepare yourself for it.

NO SEAS TONTO

No pierdas tiempo persiguiendo al viento.

Es  pura  tontería.

Ni siquiera intentes  buscar  la mariposa  falaz.

No la encontrarás.

No te permitas el lujo de ser un perenne soñador.

Perderás tu tiempo.

No vayas  en  busca  del  final de un  arco iris.

No hay olla de oro.

No trates  de hacer castillos  en el aire.

Sólo son fantasías.

No esperes tener mejor futuro.

Prepárate y llegará.

DECIDE TO BELIEVE

You’ve been questioning God’s truths -

question  the devil’s  lies.

You have been doing nothing but your will –

start doing the will of God.

You have been walking in  the darkness of  sin –

start walking in God’s  light.

You have been making all your treasures on earth –

start making  them in heaven.

You have  been  running away  from God  all your  life –

It’s time to start running to Him.

DECIDE CREER

Has cuestionado las verdades de Dios –

cuestiona las  mentiras  del diablo.

Todo lo que has hecho es sólo tu voluntad –

ahora comienza a hacer la de Dios.

Sólo has caminado en la oscuridad  del pecado –

empieza a caminar en la luz de Dios.

Has hecho  todos  tu s tesoros  aquí  en  esta  tierra –

comienza  a  hacer  unos  en  el cielo.

Has pasado tu vida entera  huyéndole a Dios  tu Salvador –

se te llegó el tiempo de correr hacia él.

NO ONE TAUGHT GOD

Who taught God to create?

No one.

He creates by His own will.

Who  taught  God  to love?

No one.

He is the  essence  of   love.

Who  taught God  to shine?

No one.

He is the light of  the world.

Who taught power to God?

No one.

All power comes from Him.

Who taught God to forgive?

No one.

Forgiveness is in His nature.

Who taught God  to  judge?

No one.

He judges by righteousness.

Who taught Jesus to suffer?

No one.

He did it obeying His Father.

Why did Jesus Christ suffer?

He did

so we could have salvation.

GOD SURPASSES ALL UNDERSTANDING

If you are searching for truth

that  surpasses  all  understanding

read the Bible.

If  you   need  understanding

that  surpasses  all  understanding

come to God.

If  you  want  a   special  love

that  surpasses  all  understanding

befriend  God.

If  you   need   a  real   peace

that  surpasses  all  understanding

embrace  God.

If  you are looking for a light

that  surpasses  all  understanding

find it in Jesus.

If  you  cannot  find  the  joy

that  surpasses  all  understanding

it’s only in God.

If you don’t  have  salvation

that  surpasses  all  understanding

come to Christ.

If  you want to live that  life

that  surpasses  all  understanding

live it  for God.

GOD GIVES, THE DEVIL TAKES AWAY

God gives us life

the devil tries to take it away.

God gives us confidence

the devil replaces it with fear.

God gives  us the truth

the devil distorts  it with  lies.

God  gives us His light

the devil  brings his darkness.

God  is  edifying  us

the devil trying to destroy us.

God gives  us  love

the  devil  only offers  hatred.

God is forgiving us

but the  devil  is accusing  us.

You choose who?

Choose God and you will live.

THE IMPOSSIBLE IS POSSIBLE WITH GOD

Are you so deep in sin that you think you have no hope?

With God all things are possible.

He wants to help you.

Call on Him now!

Are  you so ill  that  the  doctors  cannot give  you  hope?

Jesus Christ is the master healer.

Only  He  can  heal  you.

Ask Him in faith.

Is your marriage in such a  state that you’ve given up hope?

It may be  saved  if you  believe.

Put  it  in God’s  hands.

God will help you.

Is your  situation  in  such  a  state  that you  see no  way  out?

The impossible is  possible in God.

Claim it in  the  Bible –

Mark 10:27.

Do you feel that no one listens to you because you don’t matter?

God hears you  and He loves you.

You matter to Him.

Seek  Him!

REBUKING ALL NEGATIVITY

I move away from the spirit of indifference

and  move toward the  one of  belief.

I remove all worldly darkness from  my life

 and open the door to the light of God.

I  just canceled the spirit of unbelief in me

to  live  by  faith  in  my  Lord  Jesus..

I have  bound  the  spirit  of  disobedience

 and from here on I will obey my God.

I purposely diffused the spirit of confusion

 In order to live in the certainty of God.

I rebuke the  spirit of  fear which is in  me

and I release  the spirit of  confidence.

I have dismantled the spirit of frustration

In order to install the spirit of  elation

I  will  abandon  the  spirit  of  selfishness

 and replace it with the spirit of giving.

I have disassociated myself  from turmoil.

Now I embrace the spirit  of serenity.

I got rid of all the negative spirits in my life

bringing  positivity  into  my   world.

YOU CAME TO SEE ME

Lord,

I was in turmoil

and you gave me peace.

I  was  a prisoner

and you freed me from sin.

I was in the dark

and you brought  me light.

I  had  no  hope

and you  gave me  some.

I was way down

and you picked me up.

I was  in  jail

and you visited me.

I was hungry

and  you  fed   me.

I  was  sick

and  you  were  there.

I  was  sad

and you brought me joy.

I was  blind

and  you  opened my eyes.

 I was so deaf

and  you unplugged my  ears.

I was thirsty

and  you  gave  me living water

IN THE TWINKLING OF AN EYE

You are alive now

but you could be dead in the twinkling of an eye.

You are here now

but you could  be in  hell  faster than a  speeding  bullet.

You feel safe now

but in a heartbeat you could be with the devil and his demons.

Life  seems  long

but faster than you can count one, two, three you could lose your life.

You don’t  worry

but in an instant you could leave this  world behind and go to the next one.

You don’t think so

but swifter than an eagle’s  flight  you  could  find  yourself  burning  in  torment.

You don’t realize it

but if you receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior you could live with Him forever.

IT’S NOT AS BAD

Being  confused  about  something  physical

is not as bad

as being confused about something that is spiritual. 

Spending time in jail for a crime we committed

is not as bad

as spending eternity in the lake of fire for not repenting. 

Being blind physically and not being able to see

is not as bad

as someone who is  blind spiritually and  just refuses to  see.

Being guilty of an earthly crime and repenting

is not as bad

as being guilty of  sinning  without repenting or  being  forgiven. 

Being mute physically not being able to speak

is not as bad

as not being able or  not  wanting  to talk to God on a regular  basis.

Being deaf physically and not being able to hear

is not as bad

as being deaf  spiritually  and  not  being able  to hear the  voice  of  God. 

For a Christian going through a physical death

is not as bad

as for an unbeliever who goes  through the second death and straight to hell.

CHRIST THE SOLID ROCK

On Christ the Rock

my feet do stand

for everything else is sinking sand.

On the love Rock

my hope is placed

for everything else  is foolishness.

The Rock of light

gives light to me;

Everything  else  in darkness lies.

My   hope  is   in

 Jesus    my  Lord;

Everything else  is hopelessness.

My destiny is in

my Lord’s hands

for He is the way, truth and life.

THERE IS NO OTHER NAME UNDER THE SUN

Other than Jesus

there is no other name

under which God will hear us.

Other than Jesus

there is no other name

under which we can be blessed.

Other than Jesus

there is no other name

under which we can be anointed.

Other than Jesus

there is no other name

under which  we  can  be  justified.

Other than Jesus

there is no other name

under  which  we  can  be  sanctified.

Other than Jesus

there is no other name

under  which  we can  be  truly  healed.

Other than Jesus

there is no other name

 in which we can conquer the second death.

Other than Jesus

there is no other name

under which  our souls can  actually be  saved.

Other than Jesus

there is no other name

through  which  we  can enter  the  pearly gates.

Other than Jesus

there is no other name

under which we can spend eternity with Father God.

WHAT IS JESUS?

Is Jesus Christ a man or a god?

He  is  really  both.

Does He act  in love or  in hatred?

He is  perfect  love.

Does  He  live  in  light or  in darkness?

He is a shining light

Does  He act out of  strength or  weakness?

He   is  very   meek

Does He represent truthfulness or deceitfulness?

He is the real truth.

Is  Jesus  Christ  a  righteous  or  an  unrighteous god?

He is just righteous.

BECAUSE GOD IS WHO HE IS

Because God is love

He loves me just the way I am.

Because He is light

He doesn’t see the darkness in me.

 He  is  omnipotent

and does not see the  weakness  in me.

He is omnipresent

and because of  that I never ever feel alone.

He  is  omniscient

and therefore knows exactly what is in my heart.

Because He is merciful

He  blots  out  all  my  sins  and  gives  me  salvation.

FROM ABOVE

When you don’t know what to do

look for God up above.

When you find yourself in darkness

 the   light   from  above.

When  it seems  that all  hope is  gone

seek  hope from  above.

When fear has crippled and paralyzed you

get courage from above.

When you have  lost  all  faith and  confidence

renew  them  from above.

When you are ill  and the  doctors  cannot heal  you

your healing is from above.

When you are being attacked senselessly and mercilessly

help will  come  from  above.

When  you  have  sinned  and  want  undeserved  forgiveness

Jesus will save you from above.

I CANNOT UNDERSTAND

I cannot understand how God created everything that exists.

It  must  be because  He is  omnipotent.

I do not envision  the  Creator shaping us  in His own  image.

It must be  because He wanted children.

I will never conceive what Jesus endured to pay for our sins.

It must be because He loves us so much.

I fail to understand how God knows and sees everything I do.

It must  be because  He  is  omnipresent.

It’s beyond my understanding why God is giving us eternal life.

It  must  be  so  we  can  live  with  Him.

 

WITH GOD IT’S POSSIBLE

God can bring you real hope

when you have none.

God can make a way for you

when there is no way.

God can open the door for you

when  it  seems  shut.

God  can  bring light  to your life

to erase the darkness.

God  can  heal  you  o f any   illness

when  doctors  can’t.

God can  heal any  broken  relationship

that is dead to  you.

God  wants  to forgive  you  of  all  your  sins

If  you just  ask Him.

With His Son’s blood God has paved a road to heaven

for  you to follow it.

A CHRISTIAN SHOULD…

A Christian should…

live by faith, not by sight.

A believer should…

walk in love, not in hate.

A son of God should…

emit light,  not darkness.

A redeemed should…

do  God’s  will,  not  his.

A  real saint should…

serve God, not the devil.

WHO AM I REALLY?

Who am I really?

You are a son of the Living God.

John 1:12-13

What am I now?

You are much more than a conqueror.

Romans 8:37

What can I do?

You can do  all  things  through  Jesus  Christ.

Philippians 4:13

What protects me?

Every  morning  just  put  on  the full armor of  God.

Ephesians 6:11

Should  I  fear?

Fear nothing because even the devil has to flee from  you.

James  4:7

What worries me?

Nothing –  in  prayer  you  can  turn  your  worries  over to God.

Philippians 4:6

What defeats me?

Nothing  can  because  no  weapon  forged against  you shall  prosper.

Isaiah 54:17

Will I live long?

Being a Christian you will live eternally with your Father and the Lord Jesus.

Revelation 22:5

ETERNALLY GOD.

God is holy and His holiness

will never diminish.

He is  good  and  His goodness

shall   never   end

He  Is  love  and  His  agape  love

is  there  for you.

He  is   merciful   and   His  mercies

endure  forever.

He is righteous and His righteousness

is  without  limits.

Because He is eternal He is the one that

created eternity

DON’T BOAST

(Jeremiah 9:23-24)

Don’t boast because of your abilities.

Let others do it.

Don’t exalt yourself  because of  your talents.

They are God-given.

Don’t even take pride in your very own existence.

God created you.

Don’t flaunt the beauty of your physical beauty.

It will not last long.

Don’t  get puffed up  because of  your riches.

God blessed you.

If you are strong,  don’t  glorify  yourself.

Thank the Creator.

Don’t flatter yourself as being perfect.

Only God is that.

Don’t  delight in  your weaknesses,

but  be  humble.

Don’t be wise in your own eyes.

Only God is wise.

WHEN I AM WEAK, GOD IS STRONG

When I am weak

my  God  is strong,

and  when I am down

He always picks me up.

If I should stumble and sin

His blood  would  cover  me.

When all  the doors  are  closed

He reaches down and opens them.

When  I  feel  alone  and   afraid

He provides  courage for me.

When I walk in the darkness

He brings me to His light.

When I leave this body

I will be with Him.

THIS IS THE PERFECT TIME

This  is  the  right  time

for you to start thinking about your eternity.

This is  the perfect time

for  you to repent  of  the sins  you have committed.

This is the exact moment

 you should be on your knees asking God to forgive your sins.

This  is  the  time  God  set

for you to receive Jesus Christ in your heart as your Lord and Savior.

ACCORDING TO THE WORD OF GOD

Don’t  make decisions  by  your feelings.

Make them by  the word of  God.

Don’t even try to keep up with the Joneses,

but keep up with the word of God.

Don’t live according to the world’s standards.

Live by those of  the word of God.

Don’t just follow your instincts or what you see,

but always follow the word of God.

Don’t ever  put your  faith on things of  this world,

but rather put it in the word of God.

Don’t follow the doctrine and  traditions  of religion.

Be sure  to follow  the word of  God.

SOME  HAVE  IDOLS,  WE  HAVE  GOD

People of some religions kill for their so-called gods.

Our Lord died for us.

Some  religions  think  other  men  can pay for their sins.

Our Lord paid  for ours.

Some people carry  statues of their gods  on their shoulders.

Our Lord  Jesus  carries  us.

Some religions  build towers to try  to reach  their so-called god.

Our Lord came down to earth.

Some members  of  some  religions  shed  their  blood  for their  god.

Our Lord  shed  His blood  for  us.

Some members of many religions will never see a miracle from their god.

Our  Lord  is  a miracle-working  God.

People from so-called religions will go to hell and later on to the lake of fire.

The followers of Jesus will go to heaven.

NO ONE CAN

No one can create from nothing – only God

because He is the Creator.

No one has as much compassion as God –

compassion comes from Him.

No  one  can  forgive  as  much  as  God

because  He  has  no  limits.

No  one  can  be as  merciful  as  God

because He is full  of mercy.

No one  can love as  much as  God

because that is His essence.

WHEREVER YOU GO

If you are sad wherever you go

sadness  is  there.

If  you  are  lonely  wherever  you  are

loneliness  is  there.

If  you  are  afraid  you  will  never  be  alone;

fear accompanies you.

If  you  are  frustrated  regardless  of  the  situation

frustration  will be there.

If you are a negative person  no matter what  happens

negativity will be with you.

If you don’t forgive others you will never be free because

unforgiveness is with you.

If you don’t  believe in  God  no  matter  how  you reason

unbelief  will  be  there.

If you are selfish you will think of yourself first because

selfishness is with you.

If you are greedy you will not want to share because

greed  will be  there.

If you are a doubter regardless of the evidence

doubt will be there.

If you are a believer wherever you go

God will be there.

Famous Quotes

MARY LOU COOK (1908-1944) – American Actress

“Don’t look outside of you, heaven is inside of you.”

Sometimes people spend their whole lifetime looking for God and all the while He is inside of them.  The apostle Paul explains it very well in 1 Corinthians 3:16-17 – “ Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.”

MARY LOU COOK (1908-1944) – Actriz Norteamericana

“No busques fuera de ti, el cielo está dentro de ti.”

Muchas veces la gente pasa toda su vida buscando a Dios, y todo el tiempo Dios ha estado dentro de ellos.  El apóstol Pablo lo explica muy bien en 1 Corintios 3:16-17 – “¿No saben que son templo de Dios, y que el Espíritu de Dios mora en ustedes?  Si alguno destruyere el templo de Dios, Dios le destruirá a él; porque el templo de Dios, el cual son ustedes, santo es.”

STEPHEN KING (1947 – Present) – Novelist, Screenwriter and Film Director.

“Talent is cheaper than table salt.  What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.”

Talent, ability, knowledge, intelligence, wisdom and money do not do you any good unless you put work behind them.  That’s why the Bible in James 2:17  tells us:  “Faith without works is dead.”

STEPHEN KING (1947 al Presente) – Novelista, dramaturgo y Director de Películas.

“El talento es más barato que la sal de cocinar.  Lo que separa al individuo talentoso del exitoso es mucho trabajo duro.”

El talento, la habilidad, el conocimiento, la inteligencia, la sabiduría, y el dinero no te sirven de nada a menos que los pongas a obrar.  Por eso la biblia nos dice en Santiago 2:17 – “La fe sin obras está muerta.”

ARISTOTLE ONASSIS (1906-1975) – Greek-Argentine Shipping Magnate

“It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.”

He was correct in saying that, because many of us have come out of the darkness of sin to seek the light of God during the worst times in our lives. All we have to do is seek Him, and He allows us to find Him.

ARISTOTLE ONASSIS (1906-1975) – Magnate de Transporte Marítimo Griego-Argentino.

“Es durante nuestros momentos más oscuros que debemos enfocarnos para ver la luz.”

Tenía toda la razón en decirlo, porque durante nuestros momentos más oscuros muchos de nosotros hemos salido de la oscuridad del pecado para buscar la luz de Dios.  Todo lo que tenemos que hacer es buscarlo, y Dios se hace

NORMAN VINCENT PEALE (1898-1993) –  American Minister and Author

“Change your thoughts and you change the world.”  He was right on target with this.  By changing your way of thinking, you change your thoughts, which change you, and you in turn will change the things around you.  When you change yourself for the better, you get out of the rut and start moving forward in a positive direction affecting whatever needs changing.  Is this biblical?  Yes, it is!  Read Romans 12:2

NORMAN VINCENT PEALE (1898 – 1993) – Ministro y Autor Norteamericano

“Cambia tus pensamientos y cambias al mundo.” Tenía toda la razón.  Cuando cambias tu modo de pensar, cambias tus pensamientos y  cuando cambias tus pensamientos te cambias a ti mismo.  Al cambiarte a ti mismo, cambias a lo que está a tu alrededor.  La razón es que cuando tú cambias, dejas el pasado negativo por detrás y comienzas a tomar acciones positivas. ¿Esto es bíblico?  ¡Sí, lo es!  En la biblia lee Romanos 12:2

OSCAR WILDE  (1854-1900) – Irish Playwright, Novelist, Essayist and Poet

“Never love anyone who treats you like you are ordinary.”

Sometimes we take the people we love for granted, and sometimes they take us for granted.  That should not happen.  We should treat the people we love with respect, love and compassion.  We should always extend mercy and grace to them.  The people we love should not be ordinary to us, but very, very special.

OSCAR WILDE (1854-1900) – Dramaturgo, Novelista, Ensayista y Poeta Irlandés

“Jamás ames a alguien quien te trata como si fueras ordinario.”

Muchas veces tratamos a los seres queridos como si fueran ordinarios en vez de tratarlos con amor, respeto, y compasión.  Debemos extenderles la misma misericordia y gracia que Dios nos extiende a nosotros.  A la gente a quien amamos no debemos tratarla como si fuera s ordinaria para nosotros, sino de una manera muy especial.

CHARLES BARKLEY (1963 – Present) – American Retired Basketball Player & TV Analyst

“If you are afraid of failure you don’t deserve to be successful.”

People who are successful normally fail many times, but they persevere by working hard until success comes.  Sometimes it takes years, but the person who is a winner, a risk taker and a no quitter will keep at it until he achieves his goal.  Are you one of those?

CHARLES BARKLEY (1963 – Presente) –  Jugador Americano Retirado del Basquetbol y Actual Analista Televisivo

“Si le temes al fracaso no mereces ser exitoso.”

La persona exitosa normalmente fracasa muchas veces, pero persevera trabajando duro hasta llegar al éxito.  A veces le toma años y años, pero la persona triunfadora se arriesga, y jamás se desconsuela.  Por esa misma razón no para hasta conseguir su meta.  ¿Eres una de esas personas?

PELÉ (1940 – Present) – Retired Brazilian Professional Footballer (Soccer Player)

“Success is no accident.  It is hard work, perseverance,  learning,  studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.”

Some people expect success to come looking for them and for that reason they are never successful, because it does take investigating, planning, focusing, hard work and perseverance. If we pray and do all that, God will help us, but He will not do for us what we can and should do for ourselves.

PELÉ (1940 – Presente) –  Jugador Profesional Brasileño Jubilado del Futbol.

“El éxito no es accidente.  Es trabajo duro, perseverancia, aprendizaje, estudio, sacrificio y sobre todo, amor por lo que haces o por lo que estás aprendiendo a hacer.”

Algunos esperan que el éxito los busque y los persiga, y por esa razón jamás tendrán éxito, porque para tener éxito, uno tiene que investigar, planear, enfocarse, trabajar duro y perseverar.  Si hacemos todo eso y le oramos a Dios, él nos ayudará, pero él no hará por nosotros lo que nosotros podemos

DESMOND TUTU (1931 – Present) – South African Activist & Retired Anglican Bishop

“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.”

If we remain neutral, instead of being part of the solution we are part of the problem.  Many people remained neutral during Hitler’s rise to power.  He killed millions and millions of Jews and people from other countries, including American soldiers.  The neutrality of those who were indifferent was the main cause of those horrible murders

DESMOND TUTU (1931 – Presente) – Activista Sur Africano y Obispo Anglicano Jubilado

“Si te mantienes neutral en situaciones de injusticia, has escogido el lado del opresor.  Si un elefante tiene la pata sobre la cola de un ratón y dices que eres neutral, el ratón no apreciará tu neutralidad. “

Si permanecemos neutrales, en vez de ser parte de la solución, somos parte del problema.  Mucha gente permaneció neutral cuando Hitler iba creciendo en poder.  Mató millones y millones de judíos y gente de otros países, incluyendo soldados estadounidenses.  La neutralidad de los que fueron indiferentes fue la causa principal de esas horribles muertes.

BALTASAR GRACIÁN (1601-1658) – Spanish Author

“The first step to ignorance is to boast you know.”

A person who is really intelligent realizes that the more he learns the more he knows that there is so much more he does not know.  An ignorant person learns a little and he thinks he knows everything there is to learn.  The little he knows makes him dangerous because he thinks he is

more intelligent than the rest.

BALTASAR GRACIÁN (1601-1658) – Escritor Español

“El primer paso a la ignorancia es presumir de saber.”

Una persona, quien en realidad es inteligente, se da cuenta que entre más aprenda hay mucho más por saber.  Una persona ignorante aprende poco y piensa que sabe todo lo que hay por saber.  Por lo poquito que sabe piensa que es más inteligente que los demás, y eso lo convierte en una persona peligrosa para él mismo y para la sociedad.

SIMON BOLIVAR (1783-1830) – Venezuelan General and Politician

“The art of winning is learned in the defeats.” Yes, it is true.  We should learn from our mistakes.  If we don’t we will keep making them over and over. The best school is “The School of Hard Knocks.” If we don’t learn in that school, we will not learn it anywhere else.

SIMÓN BOLÍVAR (1783-1830) – General y Político Venezolano.

“El arte de vencer se aprende en las derrotas.” Es muy verídico.  Debemos aprender de nuestros errores. Si no aprendemos continuamos cometiendo los mismos errores vez tras vez.  La mejor educación es “La Escuela de la Experiencia.”  Si no aprendemos en esa escuela, jamás aprenderemos.

JACINTO BENAVENTE (1866-1954) – Spanish Author

“The worse thing that bad people do is to obligate us to doubt good people.”

Dictators and Communist leaders always do that.  Case in point:  Fidel Castro, Nicolás Maduro, Hitler and so on.  We could probably include some of our modern day politicians. They are always blaming somebody else.

JACINTO BENAVENTE (1866-1954) – Escritor Español

“Lo peor que hacen los malos es obligarnos a dudar de los buenos.”

Los dictadores y los líderes comunistas siempre hacen eso. Ejemplos:  Fidel Castro, Nicolás Maduro, Hitler y muchos más. Tal vez podamos incluir a varios de nuestros políticos.  Siempre culpan al otro partido.

MARVIN J. ASHTON (1915 – 1994) –  September 22, 2016

“Be one who nurtures and builds. Be the one who has an understanding and a forgiving heart, one who looks for the best in people.  Leave people better than you found them.”

There is really not much I can add to his statement.  It is the way all of us should live.  If we were like that, this would be a wonderful world.

MARVIN J. ASHTON (1915 – 1994) – 22 de Septiembre 2016

“Seas el que nutricia y edifica.  Seas el que tiene entendimiento y un corazón que perdona, el que busca lo mejor en la gente. Deja la gente mejor de lo que la encontraste.”

En realidad no le puedo agregar mucho a esta declaración.  Así deberíamos vivir todos.  Si todos lo hiciéramos este mundo sería magnifico

LUCIO ANNEO SENECA (4 B.C. – 65 A.D) -  Roman/Spanish Philosopher

“What you think of yourself is much more important than what the others think of you.”

This is absolutely true.  Unfortunate many people go by public opinion and by what others

think of them. You will never ever please everyone so you may as well please yourself.  Of course you have to have a Christian code of ethics, otherwise you may offend others.

LUCIO ANNEO SÉNECA (4 a.C – 65 d.C,) – Filósofo Romano y Español

“Lo que opinas de ti mismo es mucho más importante que lo que los demás opinan de ti.”

Es la pura verdad.  Desgraciadamente mucha gente vive por la opinión pública y por lo que piensan y dicen los demás. Jamás agradarás o complacerás a todo el mundo, entonces satisfácete a ti mismo. Claro, tienes que tener un código de ética cristiano, porque de otra manera pudieras ofender a muchas personas.

WILLIAM SHENSTONE (1714-1763) – English Poet

“The proper means of increasing the love we bear our native country is to reside some time in a foreign one.”

The reason many Americans do not really appreciate our country – the United States of America – is simply because they have not traveled nor lived abroad for a few years.  By the way, that includes Colin Kaepernick.  If we were to lose our freedom and all the rights and privileges we have, then the complainers  would know.

It is probably the same in a few other countries where their residents don’t really appreciate what they have.  If you are one of those people, start appreciating what you have in your own country.  Don’t think that the grass is greener in other countries, because many times it is not.

WILLIAM SHENSTONE (1714-1763) – Poeta Inglés

“La manera apropiada para incrementar el amor que le mantenemos a nuestro país nativo es de vivir algún tiempo en uno extranjero.”

La razón que muchos norteamericanos no aprecian a nuestro país – Los Estados Unidos de América – es simplemente porque no han viajado o no han vivido algunos años en el extranjero. A propósito, eso incluye a Colin Kaepernich, el mariscal de campo de los “San Francisco 49ers.  Si perdiéramos nuestra libertad igualmente que los derechos y privilegios que tenemos, los inconformes entenderían.

Los más probable es que lo mismo sucede en otros países. La gente no aprecia lo que tiene.  Si tú eres uno de ellos, comienza a apreciar lo que tienes en tu país.  No pienses que el zacate está más verde en otros lugares, porque no lo está.

THEODORE ISAAC RUBIN (1923 – Present) – American Psychiatrist and Author

“The problem is not that there are problems. The problem is expecting otherwise and thinking that having problems is a problem.”

As long as we are alive, we will have problems.  What we should do is expect them and be ready to handle them.  No problem has ever been solved by worrying, being frustrated, getting mad, losing sleep over it or by ignoring it.  The best thing to do when the problem arises is to think about it, make a plan to solve it and carry out the plan.

THEODORE ISAAC RUBIN (1923 – Presente) – Siquiatra y Autor Norteamericano

“El problema no es que hay problemas. El problema es esperar lo opuesto, y pensar que el tener problemas es un problema.”

Mientras vivamos, tendremos problemas.  Lo que debemos hacer es esperar que lleguen los problemas, prepararnos y solucionarlos.  Nadie ha resuelto un problema mortificándose, frustrándose, enojándose o ignorándolo.  Lo mejor que se puede hacer cuando se presenta un problema es pensar cómo resolverlo, hacer un plan, y tomar acción.

VINCE LOMBARDI (1913-1970) – American Football Player, Coach, Executive in the NFL

“Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.”

Other than Jesus Christ nobody is perfect, but if we try to be perfect, in whatever it is we do, we can achieve excellence.  We can see people who excel in almost every field.  They are not perfect, but they achieve excellence because they seek perfection.  You should try seeking it.

VINCE LOMBARDI (1913-1970) – Jugador/Entrenador de Futbol Americano y Ejecutivo en la NFL (La Liga Nacional de Futbol Americano)

“La perfección es inalcanzable, pero si perseguimos la perfección podemos alcanzar la excelencia.”

Aparte de Jesucristo nadie es perfecto, pero si tratamos de ser perfectos, en cualquier cosa que hagamos, podemos lograr llegar a la excelencia.  Muchas personas sobresalen en varios ramos.

No son perfectas, pero logran llegar a la excelencia, porque buscan la perfección. trata de hacer lo mismo.

SAI BABA (1926-2011) – Indian Guru and Philanthropist.

“Life is a song – sing it.  Life is a game – play it.  Life is a challenge – meet it. Life is a dream – realize it. Life is a sacrifice – offer it. Life is love – enjoy it.”

Although I believe in what he said here, I don’t believe in reincarnation as he did.  We only live once and then we either spend time in hell or with God.  It’s up to us.  If we want to be with God we have to receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior and live a Christian way of life.

SAI BABA (1926-2011) – Gurú y Filántropo de la India.

“La vida es una canción – cántala.  La vida es un juego – juégalo.  La vida es un reto – enfréntalo.  La vida es un sueño – hazlo realidad.  La vida es un sacrificio – ofrécelo.  La vida es amor – disfrútalo.”

Aunque concuerdo con lo que dijo aquí, no creo en la reencarnación como él creía.  Solamente vivimos una vez, y luego pasamos la eternidad con Dios o en el lago de fuego.  Depende de nosotros.  Si deseamos pasar la eternidad con Dios, tenemos que recibir a Jesucristo como nuestro Señor y Salvador y vivir la vida bajo los principios cristianos que encontramos en la biblia.

BOB PROCTOR (American Author, Lecturer, Counselor, Business Consultant, Entrepreneur).

“The only limits in our life are the ones we impose on ourselves.”

That is almost 100% true.  There, of course, are some exceptions.  In most cases we achieve what we think we can if we dedicate enough time,  effort and resources to it.  Of course, if we make excuses why we cannot do it, we will not be able to do it.  Where’s there’s a will, there’s a way.

BOB PROCTOR (Autor, Consejero, Asesor de Negocios, Empresario e Instructor Estadounidense).

“Los únicos límites en nuestra vida son los que nosotros nos colocamos.”

Eso es casi 100% correcto. Claro, hay algunas excepciones.  En la mayoría de los casos logramos lo que pensamos que podemos lograr si le dedicamos el tiempo suficiente, el esfuerzo necesario, y los recursos que requiere.  Desde luego que si hacemos excusas porqué no podemos hacerlo, entonces no podremos hacerlo.  Querer es poder.

THEODORE ROOSEVELT (1858-1919) – 26th President of the United States of America.

“The only man who makes no mistakes is the man who never does anything.”

He was right by all means.  One learns by making mistakes and by watching the mistakes others make.  Learning comes by doing and in doing we will make mistakes.  Don’t be afraid to make mistakes; be afraid of not doing anything worthwhile.

THEODORE ROOSEVELT (1858-1919) – Presidente No. 26 de Los Estados Unidos

“El único hombre que no comete errores es el que nunca hace nada.”

Desde luego que tiene toda la razón.  Uno aprende de sus errores, y de los errores que otros cometen.  Se aprende al hacer, y al hacer cometemos errores.  No temas hacer errores; teme de no hacer nada que valga la pena.

MAE WEST (1893-1980) – American Mega-Star, Singer, Playwright, and Screenwriter

“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.”

There is no question whatsoever that she was correct in saying that.  We are only going to live once on this earth, so it we should make the most of it.  The most important thing, of course, is salvation.  We should make sure of it.  How do we do that?  By repenting, asking God to forgive us, receiving Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, and by trying to live by Godly principles.  If we do that, we will enjoy eternity with our God.

MAE WEST (1893-1980) – Estadounidense Estrella de Cine, Cantante, Dramaturga y Escritora de Películas.

“Solamente vives una vez, pero si lo haces correctamente, una vez es suficiente.”

Tenía toda la razón en absoluto.  Solamente vamos a vivir esta vida una vez.  Lo más importante es la otra vida, porque esa es eterna.  Por eso debemos arrepentirnos, pedirle a Dios que nos perdone, aceptar a Jesucristo como nuestro Señor y Salvador, y tratar de vivir una vida buena siguiendo los principios bíblicos. Si hacemos eso, disfrutaremos la eternidad con nuestro Dios.

VICTOR HUGO (1802-1885) – French Poet, Novelist and Dramatist

Victor Hugo said:  “L’avenir a plusieurs noms. Pour les faibles il est inaccessible.  Pour la peur il est inconnu. Pour les courageux il s’agit d’une opportunité.” That, of course, means:  “The successful future has many names. For the weak it is unreachable. For the fearful it is unknown. Four the courageous it is an opportunity.”

The future and obstacles will come to all of us.  The only difference is how we react to them.  Do we see an obstacle as a problem, or do we see it as an opportunity?

VÍCTOR HUGO (1802-1885) – Poeta, Novelista y Dramaturgo Francés

Víctor Hugo dijo:  “L’avenir a plusieurs noms. Pour les faibles il est inaccesible.  Pour la peur il es inconnu.  Pour les courageux il s’agit d’une opportunité.”  Eso, desde luego, se dice en español: “El porvenir tiene muchos nombres. Para los débiles es lo inalcanzable.  Para los temerosos, lo desconocido.  Para los valientes es la oportunidad.”

El futuro y los obstáculos nos llegarán tarde o temprano.  La única diferencia es cómo reaccionaremos.   ¿Veremos el obstáculo como un problema sin solución, o lo veremos como una oportunidad?

BALTASAR GUARDIAN (1601-1658) – Spanish Jesuit, Philosopher and Baroque Prose Writer.

“Be content to act, and leave the talking to others.”  What he is really telling us is for us not to brag about what we do.  We should just do the best we can, and let the others brag about themselves.   July 7, 2016

BALTASAR GUARDIÁN (1601-1658) –   Filosofo Español Jesuita, y Escritor de Prosa Barroca.

“Conténtate con actuar, y deja que los otros hablen.” Lo que nos dice es que demos lo mejor de nosotros y que no nos jactemos. Que los otros se jacten, pero que nosotros simplemente actuemos en la mejor manera posible.   7 de Julio 2016

JOHN ADAMS (1735-1826) First Vice-President Of The US And Second American President

“Posterity! You will never know how much it cost the present generation to preserve your freedom! I hope you will make a good use of it.”

He knew exactly what he was saying.  I am not too sure that we have made good use of our freedom. Presently everything has to be politically-correct, regardless of how sinful, illicit, immoral or incorrect it might be.  Tolerance has given way to permissiveness, permissiveness to sin, and sin to spiritual death.  Absolutes have given way to political-correctness.

JOHN ADAMS (1735-1826) – Primer Vice Presidente de Los Estados Unidos y Segundo Presidente.

¡Posteridad! ¡Jamás sabrán lo que le costó a la generación actual para preservar su libertad! Espero que hagan buen uso de ella.”

Sabía exactamente lo que decía.  No estoy muy seguro de que hagamos aprovechado o hecho buen uso de nuestra libertad.  Actualmente todo tiene que ser políticamente correcto, a pesar de que tan pecaminoso, inmoral, ilícito o incorrecto sea. La tolerancia nos ha llevado a la permisividad, la permisividad al pecado, y el pecado a la muerte espiritual.  Ya no existen los absolutos, porque no son políticamente correctos.

EDWARD R. MURROW (1908-1965) – American Broadcast Journalist

“We cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home.”

Our President and Congress should read this quote and then adhere to it.  We are spending millions of dollars and losing American lives abroad, while our country and its citizens are being neglected.

EDWARD R. MURROW (1908-1965) – Radiodifusor y Periodista Estadounidense.

“No podemos defender la libertad en el extranjero al desertarla en casa.”

Nuestro presidente y el congreso deben leer esta cita y cumplirla.  Gastamos millones de dólares y perdemos vidas americanas luchando en el extranjero, mientras descuidamos a nuestro país y a nuestros ciudadanos.

CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS (1451-1506) – Italian Explorer, Navigator and Colonizer

“Following the light of the sun, we left the Old World.”

Since the sun goes down on the West, they were coming West following its light. Eventually they got to the New World. By the same token, if we are not Christians yet, we should leave the darkness behind, follow the light of Jesus, and join a new world – the world of the people who are saved. In the new world of God’s light we become a new creation.

CRISTÓBAL COLÓN (1451-1506) – Explorador, Navegador y Colonizador Italiano.

“Siguiendo la luz del sol, dejamos el Viejo Mundo.”

Siendo que el sol se oculta en el oeste, venían hacia el oeste siguiendo su luz.  Por fin llegaron al Nuevo Mundo.  Igualmente si nosotros no somos cristianos todavía, podemos dejar la oscuridad del pecado atrás, seguir la luz de Jesucristo, e ingresar a un nuevo mundo – el mundo de la gente quien ha recibido a Jesucristo como su Señor y Salvador.  En ese nuevo mundo nos convertimos en una nueva persona.

WAYNE GRETZKY (1961 – Present) – American Canadian Professional Hockey Player

“You’ll always miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”

That not only happens in hockey, but in every other sport as well.  We also fail on 100% of the opportunities we don’t take.  When an opportunity arises, we should take advantage of it.  It may never present itself again.  Many people lose opportunities early in life, and then they spend the rest of their lives thinking of how it could have been.  Don’t let that happen to you.

WAYNE GRETZKY (1961 – Presente) – Jugador Profesional (Canadiense-Americano) de Hockey Sobre Hielo.

“Siempre fallarás 100% de los tiros que no tomes.”

Eso no solamente sucede en el hockey, pero también en todos los otros deportes.  Nosotros también fracasamos 100% de las veces que no aprovechamos las oportunidades. Cuando se nos presenta una oportunidad debemos aprovecharla. Muchas veces sólo se presenta una vez.  Muchas personas pierden buenas oportunidades al comienzo de sus vidas, y luego pasan el resto de ellas pensando cómo les hubiera ido si hubieran aprovechado la oportunidad. ¡Que no te pase eso a ti!

AGATHA CHRISTIE (1890-1976) – English Writer of Crime Novels, Short Stories and Playwright.

“There’s too much tendency to attribute to God the evils that man does of his own free will.”

Especially people who don’t read the Bible, don’t attend a Christian church and don’t live a Christian life have a tendency of blaming God when something bad happens to them or to somebody they know.

Some common statements are:  Why did God let my child die? Why did God allow the earthquake to happen and kill so many people? Why did God send me this cancer?  Why did God punish me? Why would a good God let good people suffer? I am sure you can think of many more examples.

Yes, people have a tendency to blame God, but they don’t blame themselves, other people, the devil or his demons.  Behind every calamity there is always a reason, but regardless of what it may be, it is not God’s fault.  (June 2, 2016)

AGATHA CHRISTIE (1890-1976) – Escritora Inglesa de Novelas policiacas, Cuentos y Dramaturga.

“Hay mucha tendencia de atribuirle a Dios las maldades que el hombre hace por su propia voluntad.”

Las personas quienes no leen la biblia, que no asisten a una iglesia cristiana, y que no viven según los principios de Dios tienen la tendencia de acusar a Dios cuando algo malo les ocurre a ellos o a alguien a quien conocen.

Algunas declaraciones comunes son:  ¿Por qué permitió Dios que muriera mi niño? ¿Por qué deja Dios que sufra la gente inocente? ¿Por qué me castigó Dios? ¿Qué hizo la gente para que Dios les mandara un terremoto? ¿Por qué me dio cáncer? Estoy seguro que puedes pensar de muchos más ejemplos.

Sí, es verdad, la gente tiene la tendencia de culpar a Dios cuando algo negativo les sucede, pero no se culpan ellos mismos, no culpan a otras personas, y ni culpan al diablo ni a sus demonios. Detrás de cada

catástrofe hay una razón, pero sin importar la que sea, no es culpa de Dios.  (2 de junio 2016

ARISTOTLE (May 26, 2016)

“There’s only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.”

He was correct in saying that.  Most people that achieve success have been criticized many times by many people, but because they paid no attention to the criticism, they were able to succeed and fulfill their dreams.

If you want to do something worthwhile, you will be criticized. If you pay attention to them, that’s as far as you will go.  Disregard what the naysayers say and go forward full steam. You will succeed if you don’t listen to them, and if you don’t quit.  Quitting should not be an option.

ARISTÓTOLES (26 de Mayo 2016)

“Solamente hay una manera de evitar ser criticado: hacer nada, decir nada, y ser nada.”  Desde luego que el filósofo tiene razón. La mayoría de las personas quienes han tenido gran éxito han sido criticadas miles de veces, pero porque no les prestaron atención a las críticas, pudieron tener éxito y cumplir sus sueños.

Si quieres hacer algo que valga la pena, te van a criticar.  Si les prestas atención, fracasarás. Descarta las críticas negativas, y continúa con entusiasmo.  Si no los escuchas, tendrás éxito.  El abandonar el proyecto no debe ser opción.

H. JACKSON BROWN, JR. American Author

“The best preparation for tomorrow is doing our best today.”

Many people fail in life because they don’t prepare for the tomorrows that will get here a lot sooner than they think. There is no substitute for planning, preparing and working hard to achieve our goals. No matter what we do, we cannot stop time from moving on.

H. JACKSON BROWN, JR – Autor Estadounidense

“La mejor preparación para el mañana es hacer nuestro mejor hoy.”

Muchas personas fracasan, porque no se preparan para los mañanas que les van a llegar mucho más pronto de lo que piensan. No hay substituto por planear, prepararse y trabajar duro para lograr nuestras metas.  No importa lo que hagamos, no podemos detener el tiempo.

SWAMI SIVANANDA (1887-1963) – Hindu Spiritual Teacher

“Put your heart, mind and soul into even the smallest acts.  This is the secret of success.”

Yes, he is correct.  The reason many people fail is because they don’t really do their best.  They don’t persevere.  When the going  gets tough, they quit.  There’s a saying that says:  “When the going  gets tough, the tough get going.”  That’s what brings them success.

SWAMI SIVANANDA (1887-1963) – Profesor Espiritual Hinduista

“Pon tu corazón, la mente y el alma hasta en los hechos más pequeños. Este es el secreto del éxito.”

Tiene razón. La razón que muchas personas fracasan es porque no hacen lo mejor que pueden. No perseveran. Cuando el proyecto se pone difícil, lo abandonan.  La perseverancia es la que normalmente trae la victoria.

EDITH WHARTON (1862-1937) – American Novelist, Short-Story Writer and Designer

“There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.”

I truly like what she said, but I would say it this way:  “There are two ways of shining God’s light: to be the light itself (Jesus Christ) or for people to see it in us as we spread it wherever we go.” That’s what every single one of us should be doing. Are you doing it?   May 5, 2016

AUTHOR UNKNOWN (April 28, 2016)

“I may not be there yet, but I am closer than I was yesterday.”

How true this is!  It does not matter what your plans, dreams or aspirations are, you are closer today than you were yesterday.  The most important aspect of life for any Christian is salvation. If you are a born-again Christian, today you are closer to spending eternity with God than you were yesterday, but tomorrow you will be even closer.

HENRY FORD (1863-1947) – American Industrialist and Founder of Ford Motor Company

“Don’t find fault. Find a remedy.”

Another way of saying this is:  “Don’t be part of the problem.  Be part of the solution.” It is easy to complain, criticize,  grumble, be discontent and to demean something, but it is much more fruitful to work at remedying the problem. 

The politicians running for office are very good at telling us what our problems are as a nation, but unfortunately they haven’t done anything to ameliorate the situation.  If anything they have made it worse. 

WALTER ANDERSON  (1903-1965) –  American Painter, Writer and Naturalist

“Nothing diminishes anxiety faster than action.”

People who have nothing to do or who choose not to do anything normally have problems or cause problems for others.  There is a saying that says, “An idle mind is the devil’s workshop.” We can keep a healthy body and mind by staying busy with work, hobbies, exercise, helping others, doing community work, being involved at church, spending time with the family and so on.

ALBERT EINSTEIN (1879-1955) – German-born Scientist and Theoretical Physicist

“You have to learn the rules of the game.  And then you have to play better than anyone else.”

These words are absolutely true.  The only way to win honestly is to learn the rules, play by them, practice more than anybody else, and play better than all your opponents. He who does not play by the rules will eventually forfeit and lose the game, whatever it may be. 

In the game of eternal life the only ones who actually win are the ones who know the rules and live by them.  What are the rules? The rules are:  1. To realize that all of us are sinners and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23-24).  2. To understand that we need a Savior (Ephesians 2:1-5).  3. To become aware that we have to be born again (John 3:3). 4. To receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior (Romans 10:9 and John 3:15-17).  5. To repent and leave sin behind (2 Chronicles 7:14).  6. To live by faith and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7).       April 8, 2016

LORD CHESTERFIELD (1694-1773) – English Statesman and Author

“In seeking wisdom thou art wise; in imagining that thou hast attained it – thou art a fool.”

There are many areas in which a person will really never ever get there.   You can never be overly loving,  wise,  intelligent,  healthy, strong, or pious.  If you think you are, you are just simply fooling yourself.     March 31, 2016

HENRY VAN DYKE (1852-1933) – American Author, Educator and Clergyman

“Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice, but for those who love, time is eternity.”

He could have added life is too short for all of us, too antagonizing for those who are seriously ill and eternity will be too long for those who will spend it in the lake of fire because they do not believe in Jesus Christ. 

EDGAR ALLAN POE ( 1809-1849) – American Writer, Editor and Literary Critic

“Years of love have been forgotten, in the hatred of a minute.”

One moment of hatred has ruined many lives.  When people lose control of themselves, for whatever the reason, they can destroy a lifetime of good works.  That’s why it is so important to think before we act.

Many couples have been happily married for many years, but in one careless moment they have destroyed everything they had between them.  Don’t let that happen to you!  Value your friendships and personal relationships because there are not too many things more important than those.

ALEXANDER POPE(1688-1744) – English Poet

“To err is human, to forgive divine.”

It is obvious that he knew the word of God.  Because all of us are human, we will keep on making mistakes.  If we are Christians or, at least, wise, we will forgive.  Even in “The Lord’s Prayer” God asks us to forgive.  If we don’t forgive others, God cannot forgive us. 

TERRY MARK

“A great man or woman may not be found in the pages of history, but they are always found in the hearts of the people they have touched.”

That is absolutely true.  The best legacy you can leave behind is the love and the loving memories that people have of you.  If, for one reason or another, you would not leave a good legacy, it is not too late.  Start repairing broken relationships, building bridges of love, leaving good memories of you in people’s hearts, and doing God’s will each and every day of your remaining days on this earth.

BILL GATES (February 25, 2016) – American Business Magnate, Philanthropist, Investor and Computer Programmer.

“If you born poor it’s not your mistake, but if you die poor it’s your mistake.”

This may not be true in every country in the world, but in the United States it is.  This is the land of opportunity and if a person makes a real effort, he or she can succeed.  The only three things that hold people back are imagination, human effort and the lack of perseverance. 

JIMI HENDRIX (1942-1970) – American Guitarist, Songwriter and Singer

“When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace.”

Unfortunately everyone wants power.  That includes nations, businesses, families and individuals.  The world will not really improve until we learn to give and receive love.  That will only happen in eternity to the Christians who will be with God. It will not happen in this world because people are selfish, egoistic, envious and self-centered. 

PAUL DAVID TRIPP (1950-Present) – American Pastor, Author, Conference Speaker

“We forget that God’s primary goal is not changing our situations or relationships so that we can be happy, but changing us through our situations and relationships so that we will be holy.”

Yes, he is correct in saying that because God’s goal for our lives is for us to change from being less like ourselves and more like Jesus. Are you trying to change for the better?

MAHATMA GANDHI (1869-1948) – Preeminent Leader of the Indian Nonviolent Civil Disobedience Independence Movement in British-Ruled India.

“There are people in the world so hungry, that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread.”

That is very true.  Because of world hunger, some poor people are simply foraging for food.  They cannot think or see beyond that.  Unfortunately there are many people in the world from different social classes who are just simply living for today, seeking enjoyment, pleasure, possessions, fame, status and whatever else the world has to offer.  They think this world is all there is, that there is no afterlife, that their soul will die with them and that everything will be over for them.   

HENRY VAN DYKE (1852-1933) – American Author, Educator and Clergyman

“What you possess in the world will be found at the day of your death to belong to someone else.  But what you are will be yours forever.” As the saying goes, “You can’t take it with you.” Everything you have, when you die, will belong to somebody else.  Who you are and what you are will live eternally, whether in heaven or in the lake of fire.  If you are a true born-again Christian, you will be with God, but if you are not, you will be in the lake of fire.  The choice is yours. 

JOHN F. KENNEDY (1917 – 1963) 35th American President

“Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.”

He was absolutely correct.  Without purpose and direction we labor in vain.  Unfortunately many people live their lives like that.  Let’s hope you are not one of them. 

MICHELANGELO (1475-1564) – Italian Sculptor, Painter, Architect, Poet, Engineer.

“The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.” If we aim for the sun and hit the moon, we haven’t failed, but if we aim for the moon and miss, we have failed.  Don’t set your sights too low because even if you succeed you really have not accomplished much. 

SENECA (4 BC – 65 AD) – A Roman Stoic Philosopher, Statesman, Dramatist and Humorist

“While we are postponing, life goes by.”

Many people keep putting things off until tomorrow and normally they don’t get done.  If you are one of those people, start doing instead of postponing.  You will never get anywhere if you keep postponing the inevitable or what you should do. If you don’t change that habit, you will have a mediocre life. Is that what you want?

RICHARD BACH (1936 – Present) – American Author

“Argue for your limitations and sure enough they’re yours.”

What he is saying is that you can only go as far as the limits you set for yourself.  You can only go as far as you think you can go.  For some people the sky is the limit, but for others it is the limits they set for themselves. 

RITA ZAHARA (1975 – Present) – Celebrity Chef, Author, Entrepreneur

“Examine your surroundings.  If there is a weak link, do something about it. If you can’t improve it, get rid of it.”

It’s good advice.  The weak link could be a physical object, wrong advice, negative thoughts, erroneous way of thinking or even other people.  Remember, “You cannot soar with the eagles if you are hanging around with turkeys.”

WILL DURANT (1885-1981)- American Author, Historian and Philosopher

“Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.”

He hit the nail right on the head.  Education is learning what we need to learn because we don’t know it.  If we do not know it, we are ignorant in that area.  No matter how much we know there are areas in our lives in which we have no knowledge or very little.  Sometimes we need that knowledge and sometimes we don’t.

One area in which many of us are ignorant is in knowing the word of God.  If we knew the word of God and lived according to it, our lives would be so much easier.  In Hosea 4:6, God tells us through His prophet: “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.  Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being priests for Me; Because you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children.”

DIVINE THOUGHTS 3

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