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Eternal Kingdom


“Once for all, I have sworn by my holiness—
and I will not lie to David—
that his line will continue forever
and his throne endure before me like the sun;
it will be established forever like the moon,
the faithful witness in the sky.”
Psalms 89:35-37

Throughout history in different places, regions and nations of the world various systems of government have been developed. We know of absolute monarchies, constitutional monarchies, dictatorships, republics, democracies, autocracies, theocracies, etc., depending on where power resides and how the state is managed. All have their advocates and some, such as dictatorships are widely abhorred and condemned by people who appreciate and defend their freedoms. In any case, all these different forms of government have their pros and cons and none of them is the solution for humanity. God has promised us through His word that there will come a day when all people will be ruled by one king, on whose shoulders will be the government. A victorious warrior who will be called Sar Shalom, Prince of Peace, who will rule on the throne of David and over his kingdom for all generations.

We, the sons of God, look forward to the return of the great King, he who shall rule with justice, love and truth. He shall heal all sickness, soothe every cry and fill his people with joy and rejoicing. He will make a new heaven and a new earth. He will dwell with his people in the new Jerusalem that comes down from heaven. Everything will be done anew and there will be no more death and curse. The King of kings and Lord of lords will rule for ever and ever to the delight of mankind. Let us wait, then, with patience and fortitude the triumphant arrival of that glorious and wonderful day in which our God shall wipe away every tear and we will see no more death or mourning or crying or pain. We shall see our Saviour face to face and worship him and his name will be on our forehead. It is impossible for us to imagine how glorious that day will be; but you can bet your boots that we shall see it and be glad in it. Only to God be the glory!

Voice of the Shepherd


let’s swallow them alive, like the grave,
and whole, like those who go down to the pit;
Proverbs 1:12

Many people consider that stealing and killing are the only serious sins. Every other sin is, according to them, something to which God gives little importance. When reminded that we are all sinners and need Jesus Christ, they typically respond, “I’ve never done anything wrong.” Of course, they mean they have never killed anyone or have never robbed a bank. These people would be horrified if someone comes to propose to them to kill somebody . They would also be shocked if someone invites them to participate in a bank robbery. Any other opportunity to do something wrong would not be considered as something reprehensible and they would be willing to participate without worrying much about what God thinks about it. That is why we are so naive when we accept the invitations from the world to do something that does not please God. These invitations are usually adorned and sweetened with false promises of fun, entertainment, satisfaction, fame, power, sex appeal, happiness, wealth, success and things like that. When people receive these invitations they seldom stop to consider whether what they are about to do pleases God or not. That is why the world is in the state it is.

The only voice to which we must pay attention and obedience is the voice of our shepherd and master, Jesus Christ. Like sheep of the flock that the good shepherd grazes and for which he has given his life,  when he goes on ahead of us, we follow him because we recognize his voice. The world does not want us to follow our shepherd but to be attacked by the wolf and to be scattered. The only way to be safe is by keeping ourselves within the herd, attentive to the voice of our shepherd. If we get distracted by listening to the false promises of the world we are in grave danger of going astray. Let us keep ourselves, then, receiving guidance from our teacher every morning as we come to him through reading his word and prayer. If we follow his daily instructions we shall be able to discern the deceptions and traps that the world tends to our feet to make us stumble and fall. Only with the help of Jesus Christ we can do it. To God alone be the glory!

Lies


A false witness will not go unpunished,
and whoever pours out lies will not go free.
Proverbs 19:5

There was a time when people thought very seriously and carefully before daring to tell a lie. The sense of honor and decency would trump any consideration in favor of deception. In social groups that practice the system of good faith, telling a lie, however small it may seem, has serious consequences for he who tells it for he can no longer function under that system. In social groups where there is not a presumption of good faith, typical of Latin cultures, the only way to prove something is through the presentation of documents that are registered , notarized, certified, apostilled, endorsed, validated, approved, in quadruplicate and so on and so forth. Deception attacks the foundations of good faith and when successful everyone ends up living in insecurity and suspicion. Nothing is reliable anymore and uncertainty takes hold of our lives because we do not find whom to believe.

Fortunately, God took the initiative to establish a way for us to find someone to trust. He made truth himself come to earth to occupy the place that deceit had conquered through the wiles of Satan. The apostle John puts it this way: “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” Every effort we make to establish or preserve the truth brings us closer to our Lord Jesus Christ, who was revealed to the world as truth himself. To the concerns Pilate expressed while questioning the Lord Jesus, before sending him to the crucifixion, the Master replied: “You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.” Pilate, as the good Latin man he was, answered with another question, typical of those who do not know the truth because they have never cared to make use of it: “What is truth?” Dear reader, if you want to know what truth is just direct your gaze to the face of the Lord Jesus and you will have the only answer to the eternal and universal question for he is the way, and the truth, and the life. To God alone be the glory!

Lying lips


The LORD detests lying lips,
but he delights in people who are trustworthy.
Proverbs 12:22

If we could understand how abominable lying is to God we would make sure that we always walk through the paths of honesty. No one can refute that lying is something that is much displeasing to God . Especially when our Lord Jesus Christ is the truth and not acting honestly becomes a direct affront against him. But our adversary has done a good job convincing us that lying can easily bail us out and that it brings no serious consequences. Our carnal nature loves anything that does not require some kind of effort. We willingly accept everything that is easy to do, light, not compromising, not a cause for responsibilities or anything that will not complicate our lives . We avoid anything that requires effort, commitment or sacrifice thinking that acting this way will keep us away from anyone who would demand our accountability. Honesty requires commitment, effort and sacrifice, which is why it’s so difficult for our sinful nature to remain in it.

A simple way to avoid falling into the snares of falsehood is to always act with integrity. Do nothing that you can not justify. Let us always act according to the precepts and instructions of God and we will see no need to lie about what we have done because everything will be justified by the word of God. To do otherwise means that we will be exposed to shame when the truth is revealed ─for nothing will remain hidden─ and also that our relationship with God will be affected by the presence of what is abhorrent to him in our lives. Let’s keep ourselves as far away as possible from deceit and hypocrisy and our life will be blessed. Remember that Jesus Christ is the way, the truth and the life. Let us be God’s delight.To God alone be the glory!

Disdain


My heart pounds, my strength fails me;
even the light has gone from my eyes.
My friends and companions avoid me because of my wounds;
my neighbors stay far away.
Those who want to kill me set their traps,
those who would harm me talk of my ruin;
all day long they scheme and lie.
Psalm 38:10-12

How many times have we seen that when we are burdened by the weight of guilt and the consequences of sin, instead of receiving help from our fellow-men what we get is contempt and hardness of heart? It only ratifies the conventional wisdom that has been described as “When the tree is fallen, every man goeth to it with his hatchet.” Nobody is willing to reach out or to express affection in these sad and difficult moments that can happen to anyone. Friends, neighbors and relatives alike are kept as far away as possible from us as if our adversity was highly contagious. This is where we see the harsh reality of the human heart, insensible and hard as flint. Some even, not content with staying away, take advantage of our misery to seek our destruction.

If everybody would apply the Golden Rule that Jesus taught us things would be quite different as we are seeing today. The Lord said, “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.” [1] If today we see someone whose life’s adversities have made him a shadow of what he was before, let us consider in our hearts how we would like to be treated if we were under the same circumstances. Let our heart be like the heart of our Lord Jesus Christ who always acted out of compassion for a lost human race who had no possibility of salvation outside of putting their faith in him. To God alone be the glory!

[1] Matthew 7:12

Easy recipe?


Come, my children, listen to me;
I will teach you the fear of the LORD.
Whoever of you loves life
and desires to see many good days,
keep your tongue from evil
and your lips from telling lies.
Turn from evil and do good;
seek peace and pursue it.
Psalm 34:11-14

Here is a recipe for those who want to know what it is and live in the fear of the Lord. Although the recipe looks simple at first glance it is not so when we look at it in some detail. At first sight, the prescription consists of four ingredients: restrain the tongue from evil, refrain from deceitful lips, stay away from evil and do good and seek peace and pursue it. The first ingredient, restrain the tongue from evil is almost impossible to achieve in this world where people talk and talk without end. Many think that if they talk pretty using convoluted and fanciful words they will be counted for wise when in fact the opposite is true for the more you talk, the more mistakes you’ll make. Additionally we have that people love to grumble and complain about everything and just for nothing and finally, people delight in criticizing others, ignoring the plank that they have in their own eye. Also, we have the issue of lies. Of all the seeds that Satan has planted in the heart of man the one that has put more roots is the seed of deceit. Everybody makes use of lies thinking they will resolve their issues and all they achieve is to dig themselves deeper into the hole.

Departing from evil by itself would allow us to go a long way in our path toward spiritual maturity but we know it is not easy to depart from evil when we are surrounded by it on all sides and our flesh is weak. How much more difficult to do good! Departing from evil is hard work, doing good requires a titanic effort from us. Finally the search for peace is not an activity encoded in the human genome, by contrast, we argue and fight for even the smallest things. We are never satisfied until we impose our ideas and our views on the ideas and the criteria of others. If we coming up with any of the four ingredients is difficult, imagine how much more arduous and tenacious it will be to put all four ingredients together. Through our own efforts we will never achieve anything. Only the transforming power of the Holy Spirit working in our lives without restrictions will allow us to enjoy the advantages and benefits of living in the fear of the Lord. To God alone be the glory!

Clash of hearts


Though the arrogant have smeared me with lies,
I keep your precepts with all my heart.
Their hearts are callous and unfeeling,
but I delight in your law.
Psalms 119:69-70

Any type of encounter we have with someone who is not a child of God will ultimately end up becoming a battle of hearts and minds. This struggle is a natural outcome of the encounter of two forces that have opposite directions. The heart of him who has not devoted his life to serving God will be driven by the desires of the flesh, the pride of the world and the lies of Satan. It is very possible that this heart has not have realized the dangerous path his life has taken, because among the deceptions of the enemy and his own faulty reasoning he has developed a world view diametrically opposed to God’s plans. These hearts make many mistakes, but generally they are desensitized to failure and have difficulty realizing their sins.

By contrast, the just and merciful heart of God’s children wants to do things right all the time, that is, to act according to the instructions and precepts given by God in his word. This heart knows how sad it is to live separated from God and therefore has repented of his previous conduct. This heart is not interested in seeking his own benefit and for this reason he receives many blessings from God. This heart always puts integrity above any whim or deviant behavior that his sinful nature is telling him to follow. This heart is full of commitment and love and thus he has a special joy that many people do not even imagine may exist. Which of these two types of hearts you want to be yours? Look for Jesus Christ with all your heart and you will find true happiness. Align yourself with the plans of the Master of the Universe. Only to God be the glory!

Today’s word for July 17, 2011


Eloquent lips are unsuited to a godless fool—
how much worse lying lips to a ruler!
Proverbs 17:7

One can hardly find a politician who does not use lies as a main weapon. Their livelihood depends on how well he is accepted by the people he represents or he governs. It seems that to be a successful politician or ruler it is required to manage well deception and master the art of manipulation. Obviously I’m generalizing and if some politician or ruler comes to read these lines and does not fit the description above he would understand that the vast majority of his colleagues have given a bad reputation to his occupation. The main problem a ruler faces is wanting to please everyone, which by definition and knowing human nature it is something impossible to achieve. The famed comedian Bill Cosby said: “I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.” Many leaders do not understand this simple but profound concept and when failing to achieve success they take refuge in lies, which allows them to gain some time to seek another way to achieve popular approval. This only heaps error upon error since, as one wise ruler rightly said: “You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.”Abraham Lincoln.

As we can see, to use deceit to seek popular acceptance is bad business and on top of it, it is something that God abhors. He who has built his reputation on the house of cards of lying cannot end well. If you ever find yourself in a leadership role handle your affairs with the truth in front of you. This will not help you achieve popular acceptance but you will succeed in everything you undertake. Seek advice from the wisdom that comes from above and put your hope in God. Your walk will be much more bearable and you will be able to keep something more valuable than popularity: your integrity. To God alone be the glory!

Today’s word for May 30, 2011


»Two things I ask of you, LORD;
do not refuse me before I die:
Keep falsehood and lies far from me;
give me neither poverty nor riches,
but give me only my daily bread.
Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you
and say, ‘Who is the LORD?’
Or I may become poor and steal,
and so dishonor the name of my God.
Proverbs 30:7-9

Little has been written about the identity of the oracle called Agur, son of Jakeh. As far as I’m concerned, it is King Solomon himself under a pseudonym, communicating more of the wisdom that God gave him. In any case, the important thing is that this portion is also part of the word of God and as such is “profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” I draw much attention to the analogy or parallelism used here between the falsehood and lies and the two ends of a financial situation. As in all things, the extremes have always been inconvenient, dangerous and bad counselors. Not only financially but in everything we should strive for equilibrium or balance, mainly because balance seeks to harness and combine the best of the two ends to find a “win-win” solution, whereas in extremism one end strengthens its position at the expense of the other end and there is always someone who wins and someone who loses.

The consequences of finding ourselves on either end are catastrophic. Extreme poverty creates the risk of us putting aside our faith in God and becoming wrongdoers because of despair. At the other end, wealth increases the chances that we ignore God and put our hope in riches, something that we have been warned against. As we can see, both sides threaten and undermine our relationship with God, which is unacceptable. Let us always seek to carry out the will of God and not ours. In the case of personal finances, the balance is that we have only our daily bread and not wealth or poverty. Is not this what our Lord Jesus taught us when He gave us the model prayer par excellence, the Lord’s Prayer? Only to God be the glory!

Today’s word. March 3, 2011


No one who practices deceit
will dwell in my house;
no one who speaks falsely
will stand in my presence.
Psalms 101:7

The LORD detests lying lips, says one of the proverbs from the book of the same name. If we are true children of God, we should also hate lies and whoever practices deceit. Where there are lies, there can be no trust, no justice. Lies, together with their associates, flattery, self-righteousness, intrigue and hypocrisy have done more harm to humanity than the atomic bombings during World War II. Lies have a very well defined origin. Our enemy the devil is the father of lies. Of him Jesus said: “He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” For sure, we do not want to have any kind of business wit this liar.

Let us keep ourselves as far away as possible from this abominable behavior and let us speak the truth to one another. Lies will always be in opposition to our Lord because He is the truth. If we are true children of God we must practice the truth above all things. His Holy Spirit is the Spirit of truth and guides us into all the truth. Let us walk with a clear conscience, confident that we are following the path of truth and that our conduct pleases God. To God alone be the glory!