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Framework


I have considered my ways
and have turned my steps to your statutes.
I will hasten and not delay
to obey your commands.
Psalm 119:59-60

Everyone thinks they are always doing what is right. This is so because many people do not have a good framework to determine what things are right or wrong. Not having something to compare with the behavior of the individual will always lead him to deceit because what he thinks is correct will only depend on what his being prompts. God gave man two great points of reference for all men to know where they stand. One is his conscience and the other is the word of God. In the absence of the word of God, conscience acts as a mechanism of checks and balances and can be very useful. Unfortunately, conscience can be silenced by the will and in fact, this is the situation of the vast majority of people who live next to a muted conscience. On the other hand, they have no way to shut  the word of God up because it carries the glorious message of truth and salvation. Where there is light darkness disappears, where there is truth deceit has no place.

This is the main reason why people do not like reading the word of God. Because of satanic pride nobody likes to be told that they have been acting improperly. Hence, as mentioned earlier, everyone  thinks that what they are doing is right and that their behavior needs no correction or adjustment. The word of God is inflexible and stands as an absolute standard to separate right from wrong. We may interpret it as we like but we can never change it. We can think whatever we want of it but we will never be able to lessen its authority and its absolute position and ability to discern right from wrong. The word of God is the food that we eat every day so we are not guided by our own opinion, which is very accommodating and will always yields to our passions. Only when we compare our actions with God expectations of us is that we can correct the course to return to the paths of God’s presence. Only to God be the glory!

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Impatience


Desire without knowledge is not good—
how much more will hasty feet miss the way!
Proverbs 19:2

For many people patience is an unknown virtue. Not that they ignore what patience is, it is just that they have never been able to observe it and practice it in their lives. Our sinful nature seeks immediate gratification and therefore it is not very fond of waiting patiently for anything or anyone. We want everything right here and right now and the world, one of our fiercest enemies, takes advantage of this weakness to make us fall and to stunt our spiritual growth. Usually our enthusiasm is stronger than our common sense and this makes us very impulsive, something that is also used by the world to keep us tied with heavy chains which hinder our progress toward sanctification. The same impulse that drives us to want to immediately reach maturity is what stands in our way to attain it. Therefore, impulsiveness is a bad adviser.

Let us not therefore be carried by our impulses and emotions which will only make us act thoughtlessly. Let us not make hasty decisions but let us set aside the time to properly consider the implications and consequences of our actions. Then, let us proceed cautiously and steadily toward the goal. Soon we will see how patience will help us advance steadily and surely toward the long-awaited spiritual maturity and growth in Christ.To God alone be the glory!

Today’s word for May 20, 2011


An inheritance claimed too soon
will not be blessed at the end.
Proverbs 20:21

Everyone dreams ─or at least the thought has crossed his mind─ of someday hitting the lottery jackpot. For those of us who do not have to depend on chance since we know that our heavenly Father provides everything we need and a little more, this is just a fleeting idea like many other ideas that may cross our minds but to which we do not give any importance or dedicate any time or pay any attention. For others that are not so clear on how is it that God supplies all of our needs, the hopes of becoming a winner of first prize and after that living a carefree life becomes an obsession and over the years it turns into utopia. With the same intent of today’s verse, conventional wisdom says: “Easy comes, easy goes.” Yet, I do not think that hitting the jackpot is easy at all; but in any case, it is something that does not require much effort because it does not depend on our abilities or the sweat of our brow. On the other hand, I do not think that living a carefree life by winning the jackpot is a given since most of the testimony in this regard is that many winners run into more problems than they had before winning the prize and also many of them are left penniless shortly after receiving the award.

Why base our hope on a gamble that puts us at a distinct disadvantage considering that the odds of hitting the jackpot are 1 in tens of millions, that is, very small? Why ignore him who truly has the power to give you everything you need and more? Do not continue to believe in fairy tales. Whatever is done for greed is doomed to failure, not only physical but also spiritual failure. Put your eyes on the certainty of God’s power and not the whims of chance. Only Jesus Christ can make your life a success and the most important success that you can achieve is the salvation of your soul. Only to God be the glory!