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Discipline


“If his sons forsake my law
and do not follow my statutes,
if they violate my decrees
and fail to keep my commands,
I will punish their sin with the rod,
their iniquity with flogging;
Psalms 89:30-32

Laws, decrees, statutes and commandments, many try to justify themselves by saying that God’s demands regarding our conduct can not come from him since he is all love. The idea is that all the warnings that God gives us to prevent our misbehaving are invalid and spurious. This is only a cowardly escape from their responsibilities. The word of God is very clear about this: God disciplines his children when they do not meet his demands of holiness. And even if it were true that God does not punish us because He loves us we still have to deal for the rest of our lives with the consequences of sin. Make no mistake, God disciplines those he loves and although disciplinary punishments may seem painful and disproportionate, we are receiving exactly what we need to learn the lesson well. Can you imagine someone trying to make a beast of burden obey his commands using tenderness and sweet words? How, then, we think that God will deal with our stubborn sinful nature if not through a fair discipline?

God is love but he is also justice and truth. He can not overlook sin without providing a rebuke commensurate with the offense. As we often do not realize the mistakes we make, the gentle and loving discipline of our heavenly Father will remind us that we, as his children, must be holy as he is Holy. Let us receive, then, with joy the discipline that God imparts as this is an additional demonstration of the love he has for us. Let us view discipline as a loving and on time correction and not as an angry response to our bad behavior. Discipline is part of our education. We must understand that if our behavior is correct, we would not need discipline. Discipline is a proof that we are children of God. To God alone be the glory!

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Gratitude


May my lips overflow with praise,
for you teach me your decrees.
May my tongue sing of your word,
for all your commands are righteous.
Psalm 119:171-172

If you want to know what a person really holds in his heart and what his true priorities are, ask him why he is grateful to God. If this person focuses on God and His Word, he will respond immediately to you and will mention the many things for which his heart overflows with gratitude. If he takes a bit to answer it may be for two reasons, one is that it has so many things for which to be full of gratitude that he needs a couple of seconds to rank them in order of importance from highest to lowest before stating them. The other possibility is that this person has never stopped to consider the many blessings God has granted him or simply he does not know who is the author of all things good and apparently bad that are part of his life.

Never forget that everything, absolutely everything we are, have and do we owe to our heavenly Father who gave us life, forgiveness of sins and salvation through His Son Jesus Christ. Consider the long list of daily blessings and benefits that our Father has bestowed upon us, which makes us the most privileged beings in the universe. Until we are totally clear about these things we will not know what it means to praise God. If you’ve never sat down to consider what God has given you, begin by investigating where your life comes from and who allows your heart to beat and lets you breathe. Soon you will realize that every aspect of your life, as insignificant as it may seem, you owe it to God. To him who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life give all thanks. To God alone be the glory!

Today’s word for August 1, 2011


I will proclaim the LORD’s decree:
He said to me, “You are my son;
today I have become your father.
Psalms 2:7

The major doctrine which characterizes all monotheistic religious systems is the assertion that God is one. There are no other gods besides God, Creator of the universe. What distinguishes Christianity from other monotheistic position is that God is a both one and triune God in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. This is something that has been very difficult to understand for those who want to analyze everything under the approach of reason without stopping to think that reason is only one side of the coin, the other side being faith. In any case, although the term Trinity itself does not appear in the Bible, many portions of the word show and support this doctrine. Those who adverse the Trinitarian position claim that God does not and cannot bear children. It’s plain arrogance to say something about God that God has not revealed to man through his word. To deny that God has the Son is to deny all of God’s work carried out to save man from condemnation.

And you, who do you say is Jesus Christ? For you, is Jesus a prophet, a guru or God made man, the Savior of mankind? The author of the Epistle to the Hebrews under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit puts it this way: “The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.” If this description do not clarify the matter, it means you have a thick blindfold over your eyes that keeps you from capturing the glorious reality of our wonderful Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God and his redemptive work. If you can understand it, only to God be the glory!

Today’s word 3-1-2011


I will proclaim the LORD’s decree:
He said to me, “You are my son;
today I have become your father.
Psalms 2:7

While in context, this portion refers to a messianic prophecy – giving us much hope – it has a personal application as well as to what our attitude should be in regards to the fulfillment of God’s plan. It is very clear that we are children of God, this is something no one disputes or something that requires further explanation; other than to give us an exhortation to behave as the children of God that we are. One of the things that we, as children of God, must do is to proclaim God’s plan and decrees for humanity. We must remember that the world is under the authority of the enemy, although the world does not belong to him. The world, as such, is the enemy of God’s children. Worldly approach and views are not in accordance with the Father’s provisions. Each day that passes we see this postmodern society move farther and farther away from biblical principles to adopt destructive philosophies that degrade the dignity of human beings.

It is our duty to alert society about these harmful lifestyles in an intelligent and non-confrontational way, or we run the risk of getting undesirable results. The enemy has succeeded in presenting God as a vengeful and angry being. God is going to seek revenge; in fact, vengeance belongs to him and him alone. God will let his anger run free; it is his right to do so. Anger and revenge are an integral part of divine justice. The issue is that the world ignores the justice, mercy, grace and love that God offers mankind for its salvation. Humanity has been deceived by the enemy and ignores that God loves it. It is our duty to proclaim the message of love, peace and salvation offered by Jesus Christ to all who seek him. And we must do it in a firm but not confrontational way, full of compassion and love for souls that are being lost. Remember that the harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Proclaiming the Gospel, that is our duty. To God alone be the glory!