Be exalted in your strength, LORD;
we will sing and praise your might.
As much as we may dislike the behavior of those who refuse to recognize the authority and power of God over the universe we have to understand that the judgement due to those who reject Christ belongs to God alone. Sometimes we despair because we want everyone to understand God’s plan as we know it, even though we know so little about it. God’s mysteries shall remain mysteries until the moment he decides to reveal them. We can only know what he has already shown us through his word. By sharing the message of God’s love for all we have to keep in mind that “God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”  God wants all to be saved and we must act on that premise to avoid falling into judgments and developing critical attitudes of intolerance toward yhose who do not understand the message. Moreover, “Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.”  Never think that when we are disdained or when we are despised and mocked for sharing the message of salvation that we are the ones being rejected. God is being rejected and he is the one in charge of administering justice to those who do not want to believe in Jesus Christ our Lord.
So with patience and certainty that what we are instructed to do is the right and necessary task, let us continue sharing the good news of salvation available to all through the marvelous work of Christ on Mount Calvary and his power to overcome death. Let us love and let us not make judgments, so God will be exalted. This is the love of God: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have everlasting life.”  Only to God be the Glory!
 John 3:17
 John 3:18
 John 3:16
By wisdom the LORD laid the earth’s foundations,
by understanding he set the heavens in place;
by his knowledge the watery depths were divided,
and the clouds let drop the dew.
The French philosopher Voltaire when asked about his position in regards to the existence of God said: “The universe disconcerts me and I can not imagine that this watch exists without a watchmaker.” This statement becomes more valuable when we understand that Voltaire was not a person that we would call a “believer” in the strict sense of the word. The attacks on schools of thought and all those who believe that God exists have increased since the atheist activists began to rely on the doctrines of Positivism and Postmodernism. Atheist activism has reached the point of hiring advertising space on billboards and on the sides of buses to present their arguments to the common people and win adherents. They are truly engaged in a propaganda campaign. Do they think that if they become a majority they will be able to demonstrate that God does not exist? It’s hard to know which arguments are hiding behind their communication strategies. The truth is that years of scientific advances have failed to prove any of their wild theories about life or the origin of man or the origin of the universe.
Clearly it is impossible for a marvelous and disconcerting structure as the universe to have arisen from nothing without the intervention of a Supreme Being who ordered its creation. It is even more impossible that the miracle of life has occurred without the direct and exclusive order of the Creator. No wonder Voltaire was baffled. Although by definition atheists do not believe in any kind of god, they have a god called chance. Pride prevents them from recognizing that they are wrong in their fanciful theories about life and the universe. They stubbornly continue to insist that everything is due to chance but do not explain how. The word of God tells us that the universe and life were created by God. It also tells us that God made all things with wisdom, intelligence and knowledge. I do not think that chance has any of these capabilities. Let us rejoice in the creation and most importantly, let us rejoice in the Creator because that’s why we were created for. To God alone be the glory!
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Tagged Almighty, Christianity, creation, Creator, earth, faith, God, heavens, hope, Jesus, knowledge, life, love, Proverbs 3, spirituality, truth, understanding, wisdom
The chariots of God are tens of thousands
and thousands of thousands;
the Lord has come from Sinai into his sanctuary
It’s really amazing how some people have taken an adversarial position toward God. These people are like those on the beach that prefer to ignore the warnings of high surf and strong undertow and go into the water assuming a huge risk. Many have lost their lives for being so daring or so ignorant or both. If someone naturally enjoys living in the midst of conflicts, he better make very good selection of his opponents. People who oppose God have made the worst decision of their lives when looking for a confrontation with the most powerful being there is and who is above all things. It is a lost battle even before it begins. Still, these people stubbornly seek to destroy the work of God oppose God’s plans.
I love the history of the Syrian army when it laid siege to the city of Dothan in the time of the prophet Elisha. When Elisha’s servant, got up in the morning to leave the city he saw it was completely surrounded by the Syrian army. Panicky, the servant goes to his boss Elisha saying “ Oh no, my lord! What shall we do?” Elisha replied with a prayer asking God to open the eyes of his servant. The Lord answered and Elisha’s servant could see the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. Although the Syrian army did not suffer any casualties, despite the chariots of fire of God who were ready to utterly destroy but were not mobilized, the Syrian army was completely defeated and taken prisoner. Enemies of God do not be fooled! God has a powerful army at his service and will launch it at the right time as per his perfect plan. Woe to those who want to deal with this invincible military force! It would have been better for them not be born. Remember what God told Jehoshaphat and the people of Judah through the Levite Jahaziel: “Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s.” Only to God be the glory!
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Tagged Almighty, chariots of God, Christianity, faith, God, Jesus, life, Psalms, righteousness, salvation, sanctuary, Sinai, spirituality, wisdom
Mount Bashan, majestic mountain,
Mount Bashan, rugged mountain,
why gaze in envy, you rugged mountain,
at the mountain where God chooses to reign,
where the LORD himself will dwell forever?
The Mountains of Bashan, known today as Jebel al-Druze, or Mountain of the Druze, is a chain of volcanic mountains located in southern Syria, northwest of Israel. In this region of Bashan, a long time ago, the giant king Og of the Amorites was defeated by Moses in the battle of Edrei during the conquest of the Promised Land. The volcanic origin of this chain of mountains is what makes it rugged and majestic, apart from the snow that falls in wintertime. What does this rugged mountain chain has to do with the hill of modest elevation where the city of Jerusalem is built? By the way the Psalmist asks the question is obvious that the question is rhetorical. Despite the heights represented by this chain of mountains ─high relative to the plains that prevail in the region, the city of Jerusalem is located even higher just because of the privilege of having God’s temple in her midst, the place chosen by God to receive the offerings and sacrifices of His people. From the allegorical standpoint, the mountains represent the military power of the empires that held the people of Israel under their control for long periods of time in the past.
No military power, not even the sum of all of them can cope successfully with the prodigious army of God. Many times our faith in God diminishes dangerously because our ignorance of the magnitude and immensity of God’s power. Many times we let ourselves be impressed by the apparent power of our enemy and we forget that only our God is the Almighty. He who has the power to create the universe, cannot He do what He pleases, as impossible as it may seem? Never lose sight of the enormous and immeasurable ability of God to get us out of any situation or predicament we find ourselves in. Let us claim to Him and He will do. Do not be impressed by the apparent power of the enemy. Nothing can stand in front of the power of God. To God alone be the glory!
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Tagged Almighty, Bashan, faith, God, hope, life, love, mountains, Psalms, snow
In the council of the holy ones God is greatly feared;
he is more awesome than all who surround him.
Who is like you, LORD God Almighty?
You, LORD, are mighty, and your faithfulness surrounds you.
Many know that God is Almighty, but how many believe do that God is Almighty? There is a big difference between knowing and believing. He who knows bases his knowledge on physical evidence and is not content with just seeing, but looks for an explanation. He who knows is someone that quotes the Colombian-Venezuelan proverb that says: “When I say that the donkey (cat, pig) is black (brown) is because I have its hair in my hand.” He who knows, when he finds something that does not make sense, comes up with a theory and feels satisfied that he has found an explanation, however false or improbable it may be, not realizing that this requires an act of faith. One example of this reasoning is the explanation given by many scientists regarding the origin of the universe. They say everything comes from an explosion of ultra-dense matter. Big Bang they call it. They will not care to explain where that stuff that supposedly gave birth to the universe came from. He who knows thinks that there could be other almighty beings besides God Almighty.
On the other hand we have those who believe. He that believeth needs not physical evidence because his understanding is based on faith and faith is the “assurance about what we do not see.” For him who believes, the hints and indirect evidence that lead to God’s existence are sufficient and he knows that whoever “comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” As the author of the Epistle to the Hebrews wrote, “By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.” The believer’s view stands diametrically opposed to the position of he who just knows. Let us draw near to God with the certainty that He is Almighty and that there is nobody like Him. That is the correct attitude a worshiper must have. Let nothing take away the trust you have put unto Him. To God alone be the glory!
When the Almighty scattered the kings in the land,
it was like snow fallen on Mount Zalmon.
When in the high mountains the temperature drops, the snow does not fall as in the idyllic images of the Christmas cards of the Nordic countries, whose illustrations often show a house in the woods with soft snowflakes falling vertically and very organized as in slow motion. Up in the mountains something very different usually happens; the snow falls but wind gusts disorderly move the snowflakes in any direction as they please. This chaos of snow-laden stormy winds frantically dancing everywhere and in every direction is a good picture of what is going to happen when the King of kings and Lord of lords returns to reign over the whole earth. Kings and rulers will see how their way of life ─oppression and abuse of people for personal gain─ will cease to be and they will have no place to run to escape the wrath and demand for justice that for years they have accumulated over their shoulders.
In view of so much injustice, death and destruction that the tyrannical rulers have inflicted upon their own people, the only resource we have left is hope. We crave for that moment where all justice will prevail and all rebellion and disobedience will disappear. “Peace, justice and joy” will be the motto of this new stage of creation where all people will finally enjoy a perfect government and true prosperity. As we wait for that time to come, let us prepare ourselves to serve the Lord in the area and with the skills that the Holy Spirit has given us. As faithful and wise servants, let us work with vigor until our beloved Lord returns and He finds us involved with His affairs. There, we will see his glory incomparable bring a new dawn. To God alone be the glory!
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Tagged Almighty, government, judgement, justice, king, love, mountains, peace, Psalms, snow, wind