A faithful person will be richly blessed,
but one eager to get rich will not go unpunished.
A characteristic of human nature is the uncontrollable desire to accumulate property and wealth. What seems to have begun as a simple but necessary self-preservation instinct, storing supplies for the days of scarcity, is uncontrollably unleashed in a compulsion for the accumulation of wealth, which goes beyond what we really need to live a comfortable and secure life. The prevailing economic style of our consumer society takes full advantage of this weakness of character and we get bombarded with advertising and promotion of lifestyles that only a few can achieve and maintain. Competitiveness, which has also been instilled from our earliest infancy is combined with this merciless advertisement attack to make us bend our knees before the despicable idol of money . Every way we look at it we lose because our own forces are nothing compared with the strength of the message that the world uses to control our lives.
The Lord Jesus warned us: “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.” The apostle Paul complemented: “Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.” The times of shortage we have been given are not for us to endeavor to leave them but to learn “what it is to be in need, and to know what it is to have plenty. To learn the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.” These things also happen to us so that Christ’s power is perfected in our weakness. Let us, then, be forever grateful for the circumstances we have to live, for God has everything under his perfect control and everything that happens to us is for our own good. Only to God be the glory!
Posted in Proverbs
Tagged blessed, Christianity, eager, faithful, God, love, person, punishment, rich, riches, wisdom
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
LORD, save us!
LORD, grant us success!
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD.
From the house of the LORD we bless you.
The LORD is God,
and he has made his light shine on us.
With boughs in hand, join in the festal procession
up to the horns of the altar.
Some Bible versions use the name Jehovah for God. This name comes from the combination of the Tetragrammaton “YHWH” with the vowels of the Hebrew word Adonai, meaning Lord. This is because practicing Jews believe God’s name is so sacred that it should not pronounced with our unclean lips. Hence, each time they read the Bible and they encounter the Tetragrammaton they read Adonai (ie, Lord) instead. The name Jehovah is just one of several ways of pronouncing the Tetragrammaton YHWH. Some people think that the pronunciation that is closest to reality is the name Yahweh. But nobody can be certain about any of the different ways the word is pronounced because nobody knows how this word really sounded. To somehow resolve this ambiguity, some translators have recently opted to use the word LORD (all capital letters) to translate the name YHWH.
We must not make a controversy out of this as it has happened in some circles of believers who have raised the banner of defending some specific versions of the Bible as the only valid versions of the Word of God. The important thing is that every time you mention the name of the Lord you do it with the utmost reverence, acknowledging the fact that God is the Lord of the universe and of our lives. Part of the problem of trying to maintain a solid and constant relationship with God is that we make of prayer a routine and when we communicate with God our words end up becoming mere repetitions and catch phrases that we use to fill voids in our conversation . Let it be our spirit through our heart and not our mind who leads our words when we are talking to God. That way we will be more sincere and genuine in our relationship with God. To God alone be the glory!
Posted in Psalms
Tagged altar, blessed, Christianity, God, house of God, light, LORD, love, name of God, Psalms, salvation, shine, success, wisdom
Our barns will be filled
with every kind of provision.
Our sheep will increase by thousands,
by tens of thousands in our fields;
Many times we get carried away by criticism and judgment and we forget the blessings. The word blessing means to say a good word, that is, to speak well or wish well. Our language should be filled with blessings at all times and we must be specific with what we are wishing for our neighbor. Blessings are given or received, but no one can give what he has not. Also one can be a blessing to others. Blessings come from God and they are distributed to others through our lips and our good deeds. You can also return blessings to God in the form of praise. I read nowhere in the word of God that blessings are declared and much less upon oneself. Some people say: “I declare blessings on my life or the life of such and such.” This is not biblical. It would be like giving instructions to God. Blessings come through obedience and especially obedience to God. When Moses instructed the tribes to give blessings to the people from Mount Gerizim, he said, “All these blessings will come on you and accompany you if you obey the LORD your God.”
Are you receiving the blessings that come from living in obedience to God? Are you sharing with others the blessings you have received from the Lord your God? Have you blessed the name of the Lord this morning? Are you being a blessing to someone else? Moses told the Jewish people: “See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction. For I command you today to love the LORD your God, to walk in obedience to him, and to keep his commands, decrees and laws; then you will live and increase, and the LORD your God will bless you in the land you are entering to possess.” The answer is in your mouth. To God alone be the glory!
Posted in Psalms
Tagged barns, blessed, Christianity, faith, fields, God, hope, Jesus, life, love, praise, provision, Psalms, sheep, spirituality, truth, wisdom
May grain abound throughout the land;
on the tops of the hills may it sway.
May the crops flourish like Lebanon
and thrive like the grass of the field.
Scientists and experts in management issues of global food sources agree that, for various reasons that will not be discussed here today, the amount of food available to sustain a growing world population is in sharp and obvious decline. Even with the development of new genetic varieties of plant and animal species that could increase the yield per area of land used ─technological advancement that has been widely questioned─ the trend is that every day the availability of food will decrease and therefore food will be more expensive and supplies will be more difficult to secure. It is not the first time that humanity is threatened by climate change, droughts, floods and their consequential famines. Nature has its own mechanisms, established by its Creator, to control these imbalances and get things back to a sustainable state. Still, scientists and experts in the field would like to have at their disposal an answer or a way to control these swings that would allow them to avoid the tragedies and disasters that usually accompany these natural disturbances. In their way, they make use of hope ─hope in their own capabilities─ as a tool to finding a technological solution.
The world may go a long way in the technological field but the solution will not be found there but in the environment of the spiritual world. The promise of God is that one day when all our troubles, pains, difficulties, pains, illnesses and sorrows will be left behind. As children of God, we move forward with the clear hope that a day will come as God has promised. On that day, the new creation will be stable and lush and all plant species will bear fruit twelve times a year, something even the scientists would not even dream to achieve. It is okay to continue carrying out scientific investigations to improve the yield and resistance of the raw materials necessary to keep humanity adequately nourished. Now, hope should not be placed on science but on the Creator of the universe and the Author of the promises that will soon come to fruition. To God alone be the glory!
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Tagged abundance, blessed, Christianity, crops, faith, flourish, God, grain, hills, hope, Jesus, land, life, love, mountains, spirituality, wisdom
She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her;
those who hold her fast will be blessed.
With regard to wisdom, people can be classified into four broad categories. Within the first category that comprises those who know they know we can find two sub-groups. The first sub-group consists of those who feel pride and self-conceit of belonging to this category. These are the majority and in fact, because of their pride, they are not as wise as they seem to be. To the other sub-group belong the select few that are truly wise. The second group might be called the Socratic, i.e. those that agree with the Greek philosopher Socrates who coined the well known phrase: “All I know is that I know nothing.” Here we can find two sub-groups, those who are aware that they know nothing but continue to seek a higher level of wisdom and the other sub-group that agglomerates those who do not care to know that they know nothing. A third group consists of those who know they know, i.e. those who have much wisdom but it has not helped them to realize that they possess it. These are people who usually are happy to have gotten as far as where they have come and have no motivation to further increase their knowledge or wisdom. Finally, at the end of the pipeline we find those who do not know that they do not know. They tend to be extremely bold and they do not mind casting stupid expressions all the time because they never know what they are talking about. To these the apostle Paul said: “Those who think they know something do not yet know as they ought to know.” Do you know which category you belong to?
True wisdom comes from above, from God. Through it we know the true purpose of our lives and we can put into practice the talents that we have been entrusted with for the benefit of others. Wisdom is the source of true happiness and it is also more profitable than wealth, which after all is transient and insecure. Only wisdom can provide true and lasting peace and it can only be found in the fear (respect and obedience) of the Lord. To God alone be the glory!
Then our sons in their youth
will be like well-nurtured plants,
and our daughters will be like pillars
carved to adorn a palace.
One of the ways that God blesses his children is through fertility. Only with fertility is that we can meet the requirement of the covenant of God with Noah and his descendants to be fruitful and multiply to fill the earth. Part of the blessing has to do with the health and strength with which the children entrusted to us by God for their upbringing will grow. Our sons will grow as robust trees with strong, deep roots in good soil with plenty of water so they will remain firm despite the strong winds that may blow in an attempt to pull them down. Our daughters will be beautiful maidens and exemplary women, full of inner and outer beauty, grace, energy, initiative, vitality, fertility, education and excellent behavior that they will be worthy of praise and they will fill us, their parents, with pride
Certainly, children are a blessing from the Lord and well we will do in raising them and firmly educating them in the faith, providing for their education and training, especially in regards to serving the Lord Jesus Christ, and interceding for them when they accidentally stray from the path of righteousness that God has prepared for all of His children. Now, I take the opportunity to send a blessing to all those who have supported us for so long in this ministry: May your sons in their youth be like well-nurtured plants, and may your daughters be like pillars carved to adorn a palace. Excellent blessing indeed are the children! To God alone be the glory!
Long may he live!
May gold from Sheba be given him.
May people ever pray for him
and bless him all day long.
Ever since the government of the nations has been the responsibility of man, things have been managed by means of violence or threats of violence. The only thing maintaining the peace, in many cases, is the latent possibility of conflict that makes people ─brothers or not─ refrain from going to war in order to avoid the high financial and human costs involved. The resulting peace is always unstable and the relationships between people or, rather, between their governments will always be full of suspicion, fear and distrust. How different will things be when our Lord Jesus Christ returns to claim his throne as King of kings and Lord of lords! That day, all nations of the earth shall humble under his majesty and authority. Nothing will be accomplished through violence because everybody will live in harmony under the supreme command of the just and loving Creator. Praise and worship will be the order of the day and every knee shall bow and every tongue shall acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord.
Let us look forward to that glorious day when our beloved Savior will return for his church and later descend from heaven, accompanied by his righteous army; to rule with justice and fairness to all nations. Let’s keep this hope alive so we can await with patience the return of the great King. He reigns! To God alone be the glory!
Blessed are those who find wisdom,
those who gain understanding,
for she is more profitable than silver
and yields better returns than gold.
She is more precious than rubies;
nothing you desire can compare with her.
Here we have a biblical principle that we will never cease to repeat. Riches are not the foundation of happiness, but wisdom certainly is. This is something that few people know, in fact, almost no one knows it. If people knew this principle their goal in life would not be to become millionaires. If you ask most people what they wish they had, the most common response you will get is that they would like to have tons of money so they do not have to work at all. Because of this mindset, most people wander around and never get financially ahead mostly because their goal is unrealistic. Once again, wisdom is the foundation for happiness. I’m talking about true wisdom, that which comes from above, that which descends from heaven and brings us closer to God, teaching us obedience and respect. Worldly wisdom is mere knowledge, apparent common sense and empty rationality; so fickle and insecure that it has led modern society into postmodernism and its ambiguities.
The world has tried to reach wisdom through philosophy and some philosophers are regarded by the world as great sages. However, their views eventually go out of fashion and the authority of their teachings is soon replaced in the popular taste by new philosophical positions as uncertain as their predecessors. Philosophy can only reveal a very shallow understanding of wisdom; therefore, it is a useless path. True wisdom can only come from God and yet, very few philosophers believe in him and fewer still are looking for him.
As children of God we are indeed privileged because we have access to true wisdom from the Father and also because we have his word, which is very effective in bringing us to true knowledge and perfect wisdom. To God alone be the glory!