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Planning


Plans are established by seeking advice;
so if you wage war, obtain guidance.
Proverbs 20:18

How many times has it happened to us that we make important decisions in haste and with little analysis and we end up committing serious errors which then we have to deplore for a long time? As in all things, planning is very important to our progress toward spiritual maturity. There are very few things that require that decisions be taken in a split second. For the vast majority of situations we face, we have enough time to review the case, consider the options, consult with our loved ones or with people with more experience, validate with the word of God, present our plans to God in prayer and wait for his illumination or his signal as to how to proceed. Of course, if in this preparation process we spend more time than necessary we may never get to be able to make informed decisions which would also have a negative impact for us.

When we do things in an orderly manner and everything is based on the word of God, God will give us a very quick response. If we act lightly or hastily God will not bless our decisions. So it depends on us that our decisions are made with quality and end up being a blessing for all. The word of God tells us that victory is won through many advisers. [1] Let us not consider ourselves wise in our own opinion but rather let us consider different approaches based on the diversity of the experience possessed by those who are willing to help us with good advice on the important tasks of planning and decision-making. That way we will be well prepared with a strategy in hand to address the situation before us. To God alone be the glory!

[1] Proverbs 11:14

Protection


Save your people and bless your inheritance;
be their shepherd and carry them forever.
Psalm 28:9

For the vast majority of Christians ─ if not for all ─ persecution by the world begins as soon as we identify ourselves as children of God. As soon as this happens society, with maybe the notable exception of some cultures that were formed in the light of Protestantism, begins to stereotype the son of God as being intolerant, religious, judgmental, bitter, bigoted, pompous and old-fashioned. We must recognize that some who profess to be children of God fit perfectly with this unfortunate description of the personality of the child of God and because of this they have given Christianity a very bad image. Many spiritually immature Christians assume an extremely legalistic position that can only reinforce the stereotype described above. In any case, as soon as we identify ourselves as people of God the attacks, the scorns and the insults start. For many this attitude of the world towards the children of God is daunting and frightening. Many can not stand the pressure of society and family and return overwhelmed to the world and its passions. They do not understand that God protects and guides his people through storms, disturbances, riots, conflagrations, plagues, floods, droughts or any other natural disaster.

The strength of God’s people is the LORD. He is our Shepherd and Leader. Under his watchful eye we will be safe because he does not rest or sleep. His love is bigger than the universe and he has demonstrated it through the work of His Son Jesus Christ. It is he who guides us in paths of righteousness to take us to our heavenly destiny, ie his presence. He only expects of us to show him respect, recognition and obedience. He only wants us to act with justice, mercy and humility. If the Master was rejected, how much more we will be rejected, but not for who we are but for what we represent. Being aware of the protection we have, let us meet our commitment to be witnesses of his love and the Holy Spirit will take care of the rest. Only God can save us, bless us and guide us. To God alone be the glory!

Today’s word for April 10, 2011


Hear this, all you peoples;
listen, all who live in this world,
both low and high,
rich and poor alike:
Psalm 49:1-2

We must recognize that we have been privileged to own a firm hope, based not on fantasy but on spiritual realities, which source and foundation are the redemptive work of Jesus Christ on the cross of Mount Calvary and his victory over death when he rose and conquered the grave. Thanks to advances in communication technology and the sustained efforts of missionary linguists translating the word of God to every known language, many have had access to the revelation of Him who is the only solution to all problems whatsoever. When I talk about solution to problems I’m not implying that they completely disappear, but that they may be seen in their true light and not as alleged mighty giants capable of producing panic and terror. There have always been and there will always be problems, mostly because we are sinful creatures seeking to satisfy our own passions. At any time one’s desires collide against the wishes of another and conflict arises with its inevitable problems. But with Jesus taking the reins of our life we have the guidance necessary to avoid most conflicts and to manage wisely those situations that can not be avoided.

This privileged way of enjoying life can not be kept to ourselves with selfishness but must be shared with others who we know are suffering because they lack the direction of our Savior. Everyone has problems. What better opportunity to offer a gesture of support and a word of hope based on God’s promises and our own experience of seeing them fulfilled? Let us ask the Lord Jesus for wisdom to share our testimony with those who are in trouble without our words sounding like meddling or feigned superiority. I am sure that God will grant us our request. To God alone be the glory!