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Vital salvation

Wisdom will save you also from the adulterous woman,
from the wayward woman with her seductive words,
who has left the partner of her youth
and ignored the covenant she made before God.
Proverbs 2:16-17

For man it has always been a mystery what happens in the mind of a woman. Even more mysterious is what happens in the mind of an unfaithful wife. Everything she does to get away with it and give vent to her carnal passions even at risk of the stability of her marriage is beyond comprehension. The typical arguments that are invoked to “justify” an infidelity, namely hormone unbalance, quality of parenting received, examples watched at childhood and peer pressure, are forces that may exert certain influence but are not the fundamental reason for what happened. Underlying everything is the sinful nature of man. Another way to describe it is the weakness of the flesh. In marriage the man demands and deserves respect as a woman requires and deserves love. Obviously. adulterous behavior presents a stark contrast with the respect due to her husband.

Although adultery seems to have become something typical for human beings in all cultures, this does not make it less harmful and abhorrent. He or she who maintains an adulterous relationship can not say that he or she is being controlled by the Holy Spirit. On the contrary, that person is being absolutely controlled by his flesh, the world and Satan, that is, it is totally in the hands of the enemy. The apostle Paul wrote: “Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.” Let us forget, then, the past and let us run towards our heavenly future state, always obeying God’s precepts. Only to God be the glory!

Firm covenant

I will maintain my love to him forever,
and my covenant with him will never fail.
I will establish his line forever,
his throne as long as the heavens endure.
Psalm 89:28-29

In reality, only God can give us strong and immovable guarantees when he establishes a covenant with us, his children, his ultimate creation. Given our weak sinful nature, we can make great efforts to comply with the terms of the pact but it is most likely that we will end up breaking one or more of the clauses of the agreement. This is because our carnal nature makes us put our trust in our own strength, which is not much of a warranty by itself, rather than on God’s strength who is the only one who can transform our minds to enable us to be better adhered to the covenant.

Moreover, the fact remains that God can not deny himself. His promises are firm because he would cease to be God if he were to break them. And to put the stamp of quality and absolute guarantee on top of the deal, we have that God’s love is constant. God’s love never fails, the love of God does not change. The love of God, amply demonstrated by the substitutionary sacrifice of Jesus on the cross of Mount Calvary, will always be present to make all things work for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose . Given these strong assurance that God will fulfill his part of the deal, let’s support ourselves on his strength to meet our part of the deal: to do justice, to show mercy and to be humble. In other words, to love our neighbor as ourselves.To God alone be the glory!

Today’s word for May 16, 2011

They did not keep God’s covenant
and refused to live by his law.
They forgot what he had done,
the wonders he had shown them.
He did miracles in the sight of their ancestors
in the land of Egypt, in the region of Zoan.
Psalm 78:10-12

One of the problems with sinful nature is its selective memory. We are too selective to remember things that are important and some things we should keep always in mind we completely forget. All this according to what we think is best for us. And that is another problem. Sinful nature does not allow us to properly discern what is really best for us and what is not. Every day we make decisions that, according to our limited criteria, we consider convenient for us and they really are not. Our sense of direction is very limited in this respect; hence all the time we see how lives and families are negatively affected by bad decisions taken according to completely wrong criteria. Pride, rebellion, disobedience, lying and sin in general completely distort the direction we should take to maintain a conduct that is of benefit to ourselves and our loved ones.

Not surprisingly, oftentimes we see ourselves surrounded by trials and tribulations, which are allowed by our heavenly Father for us to keep our memories fresh and so we do not forget the great things he has done and continues to do for us. God made a covenant with his people. This covenant is not something we deserved to be part of. However, because of his wonderful grace and the perfect love he has for us we have been included under its coverage. Let us look carefully and often at the stories available in the word of God so we always bear in mind and never forget that God is the giver of all good and that Jesus Christ is the pioneer and perfecter of faith. May our prayer be: “Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits.” Only to God be the glory!

Today’s word for March 29, 2011

Then our sons in their youth
will be like well-nurtured plants,
and our daughters will be like pillars
carved to adorn a palace.
Psalms 144:12

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!

Today’s word 3-9-2011

All this came upon us,
though we had not forgotten you;
we had not been false to your covenant.
Psalms 44:17

No one is exempt from having to go through trials and tribulations and the Christian life is not necessarily a bed of roses. When the Lord Jesus spoke of life to the full, he meant abundance of life, not abundance of property and facilities. However, in this highly materialistic world we live we are taught to equate well-being with security and wealth accumulation. How easy we forget what the teacher said about greed, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.” In spite of the Lord’s warning we act daily as if the only objective of our life was money. There are many people who suffer immensely if they do not get the promotion or the salary increase they were expecting. If we keep our eyes focused on wealth accumulation and not on the owner of the riches we will be experiencing difficulties until we learn the lesson.

Let us be concerned primarily about gaining spiritual riches and the rest of the things will be added without us having to look for them. In any case, the person who is spiritually rich does not depend on material possessions to experience love, peace and joy. Life to the full is the kind life that only Jesus Christ can give. Let us therefore come to him for the blessings he has prepared for all who pay attention to his call and follow him. At his side we will be able to enjoy the abundant life. To God alone be the glory!