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Today’s word for July 3, 2011

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.
Proverbs 3:19-20

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!

Today’s word for July 2, 2011

His victims are crushed, they collapse;
they fall under his strength.
He says to himself, “God will never notice;
he covers his face and never sees.”
Psalm 10:10-11

The powerful and the evil have deceived themselves into believing that they are not under the authority of God and therefore they can act with impunity. This self-deception gives them a false sense of security that encourages them to continue to do as they will without paying attention to the terrible consequences that their reprehensible behavior is going to bring over their heads. The only way they know is the way of violence and abuse of power. Their joy and satisfaction lie in humiliating, bend and dominate their neighbors as often as possible. The more successful they are in their campaign to dominate others the closest they get to the trap that will catch them like the innocent critters. A false sense of security prevents them from seeing the sad future that lies ahead. Their arrogance gives them the encouragement they need to persecute the helpless, convinced that God does not exist and if he does, he does not see, he has forgotten his creation or he does not care what happens to this world.

The reality is quite the opposite. God is fully aware of all the persecution and abuse that these wicked followers and instruments of Satan have carried out with much pleasure on the innocent and the oppressed. The judgment of God does not tarry, although the fact that God sees time differently than we do makes us think that he ignores our suffering or he has forgotten us. Our faith must withstand the weight of oppression. Our hope is that sooner than later God will wipe away every tear from our eyes and will bring back the peace and joy we are entitled to as children of God. Do not let the enemy steal from you the joy of knowing that you are fully protected by the mighty arm of God. Remember that the Lord sees the trouble of the afflicted; considers their grief and takes it in hand. To God alone be the glory!

Today’s word for July 1, 2011

Out in the open wisdom calls aloud,
she raises her voice in the public square;
on top of the wall she cries out,
at the city gate she makes her speech:
Proverbs 1:20-21

Some believe that to achieve wisdom it is necessary for them to embark on a long hike to Tibet and in a remote small village on the side of a mountain they will find a wise monk who will give them all the answers to their concerns and questions. Others think that wisdom will be found visiting a guru in India and paying close attention to his teachings and sleights of hand. Still others visit monasteries located in inaccessible mountain passes in the desert, where it seems that time has stopped forever, looking for a clue that will give them rest and relief from their distress. There are those who try to find meaning in their lives in the practice of old tribal religions from Africa or South America or in a syncretism of both. And there are those who spend a lifetime studying and researching and even struggling to get a diploma from a prestigious higher education institution which supposedly will pose them to obtain free access to wisdom. In these and many other ways, people are looking to find something which is very elusive.

The word of God teaches us that wisdom is not confined to a specific place or a particular geographical area. Through conscience or in the midst of a deep silence, or perhaps in a noisy street in a big city you can find it as long as you look for it with a noble purpose and a proper attitude. To do this we must abandon foolish behaviors and obey the commandments of God. God’s word tells us that “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” It also says that “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” Additionally, it says “but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.” and then it tells us that in Christ “are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” I think now you I know where to start looking. To God alone be the glory!

Today’s word for June 30, 2011

Every word of God is flawless;
he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.
Do not add to his words,
or he will rebuke you and prove you a liar.
Proverbs 30:5-6

Those who have placed their trust in the promises contained in the word of God are first hand witnesses that the word has never disappointed them. The word of God has always proven to be true and trustworthy. A modern version of Scripture says that “every word of God has stood the test of fire.” If something has gone wrong for someone who has put his faith in the word of God, it is likely that the cause of this failure is due to inappropriate attitude or wrong purposes. When the vast majority of people buy a new device, electrical or mechanical, they hardly take a look at the manual of operation thinking that they do not need to read the instructions and warnings in the manual because the operation of the device in question is very simple and well known. There have been many cases in which the incorrect operation of a device has resulted in harm to the user or destruction of the utensil. The same goes for humans. The Bible is the manual operation of man. Those who ignore, intentionally or unintentionally, the instructions compiled in this book for the benefit of mankind end up hurting themselves or those around them.

Do you live your life according to the principles contained in the word of God? Do you consult daily on the Word of God which path to take and what attitude to present toward life? Do you go along with the influences of a world that only seeks to destroy you and your loved ones? You know what the Lord expects of you? Ignoring the decrees and teachings of the Word of God can lead you to material and spiritual ruin. Why ignore the promises that have proven reliable again and again? Do not ignore or twist the meaning of the teachings God has prepared for us and has given us through his trusty word. Doing so involves serious risk. Trust in God and his word and never be disappointed. To God alone be the glory!

Today’s word for June 29, 2011

Our barns will be filled
with every kind of provision.
Our sheep will increase by thousands,
by tens of thousands in our fields;
Psalm 144:13

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!

Today’s word for June 28, 2011

Those who forsake instruction praise the wicked,
but those who heed it resist them.
Proverbs 28:4

When someone chooses to ignore God’s commands they are just trying to set their own plans and rules different to those of God. What they are really saying is that their thoughts and ideas are more important than what God has established as a standard for the human race. What they really do is to put themselves at the center of the universe and to put their interests above that of others. Arrogantly, they try to rise even above God, if this were possible. In order to ensure support for their selfish pretexts they seek the company of others who also have decided to abandon the standard of God to justify themselves because they are not alone in their boldness and rebellion. These rebels seek solace looking for one another to take advantage of what conventional wisdom suggests: “Misery loves company.” These villains form gangs to show defiance and to separate themselves even further from God.

For these, a sentence has been established already. Peter said: “Their condemnation has long been hanging over them, and their destruction has not been sleeping.” And “For they mouth empty, boastful words and, by appealing to the lustful desires of the flesh, they entice people who are just escaping from those who live in error.” One thing we can be sure of, that each day the number of those who oppose the plans and statutes of God will increase. They have preferred to place their vile beyond the demands of holiness that God has established for man. Their growth and spread is just one more sign that the Lord’s Day is approaching. Let us look with hope to the glorious future that awaits us in which we will receive our reward for having remained faithful to the decrees of the Lord and the wicked will receive the punishment that they have sought for themselves. To God alone be the glory!

Today’s word for June 27, 2011

Though you grind a fool in a mortar,
grinding them like grain with a pestle,
you will not remove their folly from them.
Proverbs 27:22

Folly is intrinsic to human nature. Given a choice between good and evil ─ there is always a choice─ man will take the path of least resistance, which is the path of folly. To behave stupidly requires no sacrifice, neither special effort nor the intervention of a third party. Just giving vent to our passions and emotions we can fully disclose our folly. Just showing the world what we really are will allow us to demonstrate how much foolishness there is in our lives. Any effort based on our own forces or with the help of others for taking stupidity out of our lives is bound to fail because the only way to accomplish it would require ending our lives. Only divine intervention can transform our irrational nature and give us true wisdom and knowledge. God’s word tells us that fools despise wisdom and instruction. It also tells us that the beginning of knowledge is the fear of the Lord.

Have you tried to stop doing those things you know are not advisable? Have you tried to do this based in your own strength? Would you like to gain wisdom and knowledge? Do you want to enjoy the benefits and advantages of being a wise person? Just look in the word of God and claim the promises the Lord gives to those who follow him wholeheartedly. True wisdom comes from above, from heaven, from God. No curriculum or academic certificate will give you the wisdom and knowledge that can only come from God. That does not mean you should drop out of school. Education is important and plays a special role in the believer’s life but it’s more important to possess intelligence, insight, wisdom and discretion. To God alone be the glory!

Today’s word for June 26, 2011

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.
Proverbs 26:14-16

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!

Today’s word for June 25, 2011

Like a coating of silver dross on earthenware
are fervent lips with an evil heart.
Proverbs 26:23

Hypocrisy is just a lie. Lies have many ways to manifest and one of them is hypocrisy or duplicity. Culturally we are taught to keep quiet about what we think which in itself is not bad but eventually it transforms into not showing what we feel and accepting, at least externally, what we do not approve. Sometimes we do it to avoid conflict but that does not stop it from being what it is: deceit. Social conventions often guide us to assume attitudes that make us acceptable to those around us but we forget that lying is a sin and that sin has serious consequences on our lives. Of course we can’t go around saying the first thing that comes to mind. Sometimes we hurt others because we use words laden with intentionality without analyzing the impact that they may have in the life of the recipient. We must be careful of what we say to avoid hurting feelings but we must take care that what we say is a sincere expression of our thoughts and our hearts. Lying, in whatever form, comes only from its father, Satan. Being disingenuous and assuming misleading attitudes makes us disciples of the enemy.

Jesus Christ said: “I am the way and the truth and the life.” If we are truly disciples of the Lord Jesus, we must always speak with honesty, calling a spade a spade, with no duplicity but always with love. The apostle Paul reminds us in his letter to the Ephesians that we need to put off our old self and put on the new. “Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body.” Let us do what pleases God and not what satisfies our corrupt nature. Let us always act honestly allowing the truth to reign in our lives. To God alone be the glory!

Today’s word for June 24, 2011

I know, LORD, that your laws are righteous,
and that in faithfulness you have afflicted me.
May your unfailing love be my comfort,
according to your promise to your servant.
Let your compassion come to me that I may live,
for your law is my delight.
Psalms 119:75-77

Knowledge, justice, discipline, compassion, comfort, promise, compassion, life, law, joy, how many principles and values are placed together in these short lines of the Word of God! No wonder the very word speaks of itself and says that from it new and old treasures can be drawn. The life of a child of God is not a simple life. The life of a child of God has many angles and activities that we need to learn and practice. Our relationship with God is not based only on reading his word, offering prayers to him and trusting in his promises. Nor is it only to serve, to evangelize, to help others, to be baptized or to partake of the Lord’s Supper. The life of a child of God is the sum of all these things and many more. With so many things to do with our life, how do we know what to do or how to act in certain circumstances? The key is precisely the quality of our relationship with God.

If we maintain a healthy, close and constant relationship with God, all we “have” to do will be easy to understand and to carry out. I put the word have in quotes because the things of God are not an obligation or a burden as such. Someone asked the Lord Jesus: “What must we do to do the works God requires?” The Lord replied, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.” Also the Lord Jesus said, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” The work of God is not heavy; the work of God is not complicated. The work of God is easy to perform as long as we depend on him and not on our own strength and abilities. Let’s seek support in our Lord and everything will move as the Lord wills, the right way. To God alone be the glory!