Charge them with crime upon crime;
do not let them share in your salvation.
Although at first glance the request of King David looks cruel and short of compassion, what he is asking God is not far removed from what their enemies aspire. They have chosen to live a life of sin. They rejoice in their lusts and their bad behavior. They boast of being more intelligent than their opponents because they have stripped the poor of what little remained. They do not want to walk along the paths of God. They prefer to travel on their own paths full of blood and destruction. Their weapons are insult and betrayal. Their proud hearts are full of deceit. In a nutshell, they do not want to side with God. In other words, King David is saying, “Grant them their wishes to live apart from you. Make sure they accumulate enough sins and that they do not repent to grant them their wish to live away from you and the light so they may live forever in darkness. “
We have the biblical and moral obligation to warn these wicked people of the consequences of their misbehavior. That the truth of the gospel shine or not upon their lives and that God’s Holy Spirit removes the veil that covers their hearts today depend only on the grace of God. So, while we are in this world, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.” Let us ask the Lord for compassion and the urge to deal with souls who are about to be lost. It’s time to start harvesting. Only to God be the glory!
What do workers gain from their toil? I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race. He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live. That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God. I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it. God does it so that people will fear him.
Whatever is has already been,
and what will be has been before;
and God will call the past to account
Good! That’s it! What we have agreed to call a year, ie the time it takes the earth to complete an elliptical path 150 million miles around the sun has come to an end. Typically, almost without exception humanity seizes the moment to recall everything that happened during the moribund year and to prepare for the new year that is approaching swiftly. It is also time for celebration. People use the milestone reached to give meaning to all the efforts made during the 365 days a year that ends.
When we reflect on what happened and what has been achieved and what is left to achieve during this time let’s make sure every consideration and thought centers around our heavenly Father and our Savior. How is our relationship with God? Better? The same? Or, worse than how we were a year ago? Are you closer or further away from him? Are you following Jesus’ steps? Can we revisit the route of our steps and feel happy and grateful to God for His many blessings? Everyone has his own answer to these necessary questions. God grant that the balance of everything that happened during the year that ends today is good for you.
Seek the LORD while he may be found;
call on him while he is near.
Blessings to all, Happy 2012 and only to God be the glory!
Praise the LORD, all his heavenly hosts,
you his servants who do his will.
Praise the LORD, all his works
everywhere in his dominion.
Praise the LORD, my soul.
The purpose of creation is the praise of the glory of God. As creatures that we are, that’s your purpose and that is my purpose. That is the purpose and reason for being of the angels of God and of us their co-servants. That is the reason for being for all the works of creation. However, man has been led by the lies of the enemy to put himself at the center of the universe and to declare himself as the exclusive recipient of praise and so God has been displaced to a second or third place. When a worship leader in a congregational service asks the faithful to praise God with their own words, many do not know what to say. They are so unaccustomed to praising God that all they manage to do is to babble and repeat one or two reasons why they can praise God.
As children of God we must make a daily practice of praising God at all times. There are so many things for which to praise God that even if we wanted our lifetime would not suffice to mention them all. We must remember that every second of our lives we owe to God and that, in itself, is reason for praise. We can and must elevate our praise to God for the blessings we receive daily, for the forgiveness of our sins, for the healing of our infirmities, for salvation and eternal life, for the love and compassion, for the benefits that he has provided in abundance and the strength he grants us to face adversity . The benefits we enjoy because of his mercy, faithfulness, grace, solidarity, justice, majesty, authority and power are some of the many reasons why we should be thankful before him. Psalms 103, 104, 105 and 106 are good examples of how we can praise God. Let’s make a practice of praising him every day and may we, on every moment of our existence, identify many reasons to praise our heavenly Father and our Savior and Lord Jesus Christ. To God alone be the glory!
“This is the covenant I will make with the people of Israel
after that time,” declares the LORD.
“I will put my law in their minds
and write it on their hearts.
I will be their God,
and they will be my people.
No longer will they teach their neighbor,
or say to one another, ‘Know the LORD,’
because they will all know me,
from the least of them to the greatest,” declares the LORD.
“For I will forgive their wickedness
and will remember their sins no more.”
It is unusual but not surprising that some feel strong affinity with death and enjoy everything having to do with it. If there is any incident in which someone is killed the media seek to make known every detail, true or speculative, of the facts. Many are afraid of death but many also feel a morbid attraction to it. Somehow this morbidity has infiltrated different cultures and has become highly visible in its manifestations. A couple of example we can see in the commercial and profitable practice of celebrating the date known as “Halloween” and the popular syncretistic celebration of the “Day of the Dead” in some Latin American countries, mainly in Mexico.
The Lord Jesus said that he is the way, the truth and the life. If our Lord is the author and giver of life, why some are determined to celebrate and dedicate much attention to what is the opposite of what he represents? I can understand that many take it as an excuse to celebrate and to escape their harsh realities but I can not agree with something that puts death on a pedestal. Death is the result of sin. How, then we will be partnering with something of which we have been washed? The Lord Jesus conquered death when by the power of God he rose from the grave and became the first one to return to life to never die. We are no longer under the power of death. We are sons of the living God and we have passed from death to life. Is this so hard to understand? To God alone be the glory!
When the LORD heard them, he was furious;
his fire broke out against Jacob,
and his wrath rose against Israel,
for they did not believe in God
or trust in his deliverance.
Our human inability to comprehend God has led many to conclude erroneously that the God described in the Old Testament is totally different from the God of the New Testament. The restrictions and limitations we all have to understand that God is far beyond what we can reason has led many to fall into unproductive discussions and doctrinal positions at odds with orthodoxy. Our handling of the concepts of love and mercy prevent us from finding reconciliation with the concepts of justice and truth. We constantly ask how is it possible that God is love and at the same time he is a consuming fire? This mistaken view is based on our pride. We think that we are like God and so we attempt to analyze him in light of our own experience as if he were human. Some even try to place themselves above God and want to circumscribe him within a completely understandable and manageable concept that their clumsy and dull minds can understand.
God is and can be all that he says he is and can be. For him nothing is impossible. Our reasoning can not preclude the existence and quality of our heavenly Father. He created us and not the other way around. His existence does not depend on our understanding. With humility and obedience let us recognize our own limitations and the majesty and authority of our God. He loves us and wants the best for us and will do whatever is necessary to accomplish it whether we like it and understanding it or not. Let us not be foolish and let us stop prompting his anger which may seem to our weak minds as something inconsistent or incompatible with his love. Many have been driven by their human reasoning to their own grief. God first loved us, let us accept his love and justice. To God alone be the glory!
They have no struggles;
their bodies are healthy and strong.
They are free from common human burdens;
they are not plagued by human ills.
Therefore pride is their necklace;
they clothe themselves with violence.
One of the favorite weapons of our enemy Satan is suggesting that we should be constantly comparing ourselves with others. We do this all the time with regard to physical attributes, success (as measured by the world), academic achievements, possessions, the vehicle we drive, the clothes we wear, the house in which we dwell, and many other things. Our life becomes a constant comparison and competition for being above others just to satisfy our pride and we end up granting victory to our real enemy. One of the most common causes of depression is the failure to meet the stereotype of beauty or of prosperity. Plastic Surgeons and financial advisors (lay and religious) have lined their pockets with money and have paid their children’s college education with the cash of those people who have paid attention to the almost imperceptible but very effective whispers of the devil.
The only way to break this bond is through constant exposure to the word of God. Only the word of God provides the right perspective to break the union of our will with the false appearance of the world and his followers. Our objectives and goals as children of God are very different from the objectives and goals of the world. Our enemies seek to destroy our lives and if we go by putting more attention to them than to what our Lord Jesus commands us they will achieve their goal of putting an end to our peace, health and happiness. Every time you feel envious or angry because someone has or does something that you can not have or do remember that we are here temporarily and that the true wealth and possessions we have are those that we have accumulated in heaven by means of our obedience to God. To God alone be the glory!
Whoever mocks the poor shows contempt for their Maker;
whoever gloats over disaster will not go unpunished.
One has to have a heart of hard stone and little fear of God to mock those who for various reasons are in the lowest level of the financial income scale. Those who have managed to accumulate a certain amount of money usually look down on those who have nothing when they should rather find ways to help them to escape poverty or at least make poverty a little more bearable. Instead, those fat cats look at the dispossessed with arrogance and disdain . Certainly there are many poor people whose poverty is a direct result of their own wrongdoing, but instead of judging them we should find a way to extend a hand to help them overcome the crisis they find themselves into. Let us for a moment put ourselves in the poor man’s shoes. Would we like that somebody would help us to get out of financial hardship? Absolutely! So our attitude should be supported by the guidance of the Holy Spirit of God and in line with the instructions that ou Master left:
So in everything do to others as you would have them do to you. In fact, this is the law and the prophets.
God rewards those who provide for the needy, so let us not neglect this wonderful opportunity to demonstrate that the love of God is in our hearts. Acting like those who rejoice in the misery of others is to do great disservice to the work and message of God. God takes care of the poor, but he uses us to channel his care for them. Let us be instruments of blessing in the hands of our loving Creator. To God alone be the glory!
 Matthew 7:12
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May his name endure forever;
may it continue as long as the sun.
Then all nations will be blessed through him,
and they will call him blessed.
Given the poor and complicated state of today’s affairs a lot of people are hoping that this system is ended and that the golden age that will be the millennium comes once and for all . The time when this will happen is very close but we will never be able to establish exactly when because “of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.”  At that time the world will enjoy peace like it has never had except for the time before the fall of man. To begin with , the enemy of God and humanity will be bound for a thousand years with heavy chains that will keep him from doing what he does best: to deceive and destroy. As was noted by the prophet Zechariah, at that time “The seed will grow well, the vine will yield its fruit, the ground will produce its crops, and the heavens will drop their dew. I will give all these things as an inheritance to the remnant of this people. How attractive and beautiful they will be! Grain will make the young men thrive, and new wine the young women.”
But for mankind to enjoy this incomparable blessing it must first declare Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior of their lives, something that many prefer not to do out of mere fear and ignorance or because of simple skepticism. People are so used to being deceived that everybody doubts the truth and believes all kind of lies, blindly and with astonishing ease . No wonder, since they are slaves to deceit. Let us carry the glorious message of the gospel of God to all parts of the world within our reach. Irrespective of how much they try, people will not enter this era of peace and joy unless they do it through the Lord Jesus; and although many have heard of him, few have had a personal encounter, face to face and heart to heart with him. Share this message of hope with everyone you know so that they too have a chance to enter the millennial kingdom. To God alone be the glory!
 Matthew 24:36
 Zechariah 8:12 & 9:17
As a door turns on its hinges,
so a sluggard turns on his bed.
A sluggard buries his hand in the dish;
he is too lazy to bring it back to his mouth.
A sluggard is wiser in his own eyes
than seven people who answer discreetly.
The word of God has always associated laziness with foolishness. In fact, only a fool can think that laziness is good. It’s one thing for us to spend idle moments to regain our energy and another to keep ourselves in a constant state of disregard for all the obligations we have and for everyone around us. The sloth justifies his behavior covered in hype and bringing up hypothetical situations that convince him and nobody else of his need to be inactive. Laziness, as indicated by the word of God, leads to poverty and pain. Latin culture being so identified with the philosophical school of hedonism and showing such a stark contrast with Puritan work ethics invented the term “Dolce far niente,” which means “delicious idleness” to give a nice appeal to something that is simply folly. Again, it’s one thing to take a short break and another to devote a lifetime to idleness. Laziness is not rest because the sluggard can’t be tired because he has done nothing. No activity that may have caused exhaustion has been carried out!
King Solomon wrote: “Through laziness, the rafters sag; because of idle hands, the house leaks.” I don’t think you can find a better explanation of the serious consequences reserved for those who like to imitate the proverbial slouch. Now more than ever, it is necessary to heed the exhortation of the Apostle Paul to the Ephesians: “Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.” Do we need more warnings than the ones we find in the word of God? I think not. What we must do is very well defined and all we have to do is to carry on making the most of this teaching. To God alone be the glory!
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So he swore to them with uplifted hand
that he would make them fall in the wilderness,
make their descendants fall among the nations
and scatter them throughout the lands.
One of the most striking examples of disobedience and ingratitude that I am aware of is the attitude shown by the people of Israel after they escaped, with the help and protection of God, from the slavery Pharaoh imposed on them. Once the painful burden of the activity required to make the huge amount of bricks needed to meet the aggressive construction plans of the king was removed from their shoulders, they were not able to understand or handle the freedom that God had provided. After four centuries of servitude, the transition to liberty was too hard to assimilate and they were struck by confusion. The consequences were severe. All that generation that left Egypt was buried in the wilderness and none of them managed to set foot on the land God had promised, and not because God had broken his promise, but because of their disobedience and contempt for God’s instructions, attitude that brought disgrace to their lives. Today we see many who behave in the same way these unfortunates did when they rejected God’s blessings.
Are you wishing to return to the state where you were before knowing the Lord Jesus? Is your life full of ingratitude and complaints against him who has given you everything you are, you do and you have? Have you raised dumb idols to honor and devote all your attention to them? ¿Do you underestimate the wonderful plan God has prepared for you? Do you complain constantly about everything and for nothing? We must be careful not to become obstacles to the fulfillment of God’s plan. If we stand in the path of God’s purposes we will be hit with the force of a heavy locomotive at full speed. Let us be grateful and obedient to God all the time and in every occasion. This attitude will be of great benefit to us, both materially and spiritually. To God alone be the glory!
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