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To praise or not to praise? That is the question


Shout for joy to God, all the earth!
Sing the glory of his name;
make his praise glorious.
Psalm 66:1-2

People are most curious. Everybody wants salvation but nobody seeks God and if they seek at all, they seek for a god to suit their wishes. They want to believe that there is a god just as they imagine it to be, with the attributes that in their eyes make it a god and yes, it has to be a god who does not judge or rebuke them when they do something wrong. What they want is a self-serve god. Those who have become millionaires by selling books and duping half the world with these ideas suggest that God can be found in the depths of our being and that all we have to do is to focus by meditation within ourselves until a divine spark or something like that shows up. Any strange feeling associated with this process would demonstrate that we are on the right path to find God.

The world is full of tricksters and charlatans. If someone wants God to dwell within him, he must first invite God to come forward, enter and establish his dwelling in the inner being. Since the creation of the universe God has been knocking on the door of the every heart to ask them to let him come in and live with them. But they have ignored the call of God and have dedicated themselves to create their own philosophies and all kinds of religions to feel they are doing something about it. Some even have allowed God to enter but refuse to recognize and thank him for all that God has done for them. It’s like having a girlfriend to whom you never say she is very pretty and neither you mention to her that she makes you so very happy. I do not think such an engagement has a future at all. We were created for the praise of the glorious grace of God. Do you know what we’ll be doing when we are in the presence of God? We will be praising and worshiping God for eternity. Why wait? Let’s start at once! Only to God be the glory!

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Search for heroes


Who has gone up to heaven and come down?
Whose hands have gathered up the wind?
Who has wrapped up the waters in a cloak?
Who has established all the ends of the earth?
What is his name, and what is the name of his son?
Surely you know!
Proverbs 30:4

We all love heroes. Whether mythical heroes such as Gilgamesh, Hercules, Odysseus, Achilles, Perseus, Sir Galahad, Aeneas, Roland, El Cid, William Tell, Robin Hood, Batman, Superman or Rambo or historical such as King David, Samson, Leonidas, Charles Martell, William Wallace, Simon Bolivar, the Pola, Luisa Cáceres de Arismendi, Pancho Villa, Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Jim Elliot we all feel admiration for these characters that have inspired many to carry out further acts of heroism or write narratives of courage in times of difficulty. At all times, different cultures have relied on these mythical and real stories to unite the crowds in search of an ideal. However, with all the appreciation we feel for these champions, none of them approaches, even remotely, the glory of the Creator of the universe and Author of salvation.

This does not mean we’re going to stop reading the books (or e-readers and tablets) or stop watching movies that show us the exploits of these champions. Nor does it mean that we will fail to be inspired with their stories. There is nothing wrong with cultivating good literature and knowledge. What we must not neglect is the daily search for wisdom, discernment and knowledge of the holy God. If we ask the questions that Agur, son of Jakeh asked and try to find the answer to them we will go on track to attain the wisdom that comes from above. Before the glory of God the exploits of the heroes mill take a distant second place. To God alone be the glory!

Sorrow


Praise be to the LORD God, the God of Israel,
who alone does marvelous deeds.
Praise be to his glorious name forever;
may the whole earth be filled with his glory. Amen and Amen.
Psalm 72:18-19

When adversity hits us we should bless the holy name of God. When the enemy attacks us without mercy we must praise the glorious name of God. When we encounter unexpected surprises we must find the holy face of God. When we are submerged in doubt and confusion we must get closer to our Lord Jesus. When fate toys with us we must humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God. When we do not understand what is happening around us we must turn our gaze to God. When pain takes hold of our hearts and refuses to leave us alone we must look to the throne of grace of our heavenly Father. When reality stuns us and numbs our thoughts we must cry to God for His help. When we can not find the words that can give us comfort we must seek the protection of Almighty God. When we do not know when will we be able to get out of a bitter moment we must cling to the feet of our Savior. When the answers do not appear and the questions accumulate we must raise our eyes to our Lord. When affliction destroys our hearts we must seek shelter in the holy place of his presence. When we run out of words and tears take their place we must surrender our will to God Almighty. When joy does not return to our lives we can only find peace and comfort in the loving arms of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He alone has all the answers to all the concerns and questions of humanity. Only in Him we can find reasons and answers to our questions and direction for our lost ways. Only his loving hands can get us out of the deep quagmire that caught our feet and our hearts. Our beloved Jesus is the only solution! Only to God be the glory! Blessed be his holy name forever!

Millenium


May his name endure forever;
may it continue as long as the sun.
Then all nations will be blessed through him,
and they will call him blessed.
Psalm 72:17

Given the poor and complicated state of today’s affairs a lot of people are hoping that this system is ended and that the golden age that will be the millennium comes once and for all . The time when this will happen is very close but we will never be able to establish exactly when because “of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.” [1] At that time the world will enjoy peace like it has never had except for the time before the fall of man. To begin with , the enemy of God and humanity will be bound for a thousand years with heavy chains that will keep him from doing what he does best: to deceive and destroy. As was noted by the prophet Zechariah, at that time “The seed will grow well, the vine will yield its fruit, the ground will produce its crops, and the heavens will drop their dew. I will give all these things as an inheritance to the remnant of this people. How attractive and beautiful they will be! Grain will make the young men thrive, and new wine the young women.”[2]

But for mankind to enjoy this incomparable blessing it must first declare Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior of their lives, something that many prefer not to do out of mere fear and ignorance or because of simple skepticism. People are so used to being deceived that everybody doubts the truth and believes all kind of lies, blindly and with astonishing ease . No wonder, since they are slaves to deceit. Let us carry  the glorious message of the gospel of God to all parts of the world within our reach. Irrespective of how much they try, people will not enter this era of peace and joy unless they do it through the Lord Jesus; and although many have heard of him, few have had a personal encounter, face to face and heart to heart with him. Share this message of hope with everyone you know so that they too have a chance to enter the millennial kingdom. To God alone be the glory!

[1] Matthew 24:36
[2] Zechariah 8:12 & 9:17

Today’s word for July 24, 2011


LORD, save us!
LORD, grant us success!
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD.
From the house of the LORD we bless you.
The LORD is God,
and he has made his light shine on us.
With boughs in hand, join in the festal procession
up to the horns of the altar.
Psalms 118:25-27

Some Bible versions use the name Jehovah for God. This name comes from the combination of the Tetragrammaton “YHWH” with the vowels of the Hebrew word Adonai, meaning Lord. This is because practicing Jews believe God’s name is so sacred that it should not pronounced with our unclean lips. Hence, each time they read the Bible and they encounter the Tetragrammaton they read Adonai (ie, Lord) instead. The name Jehovah is just one of several ways of pronouncing the Tetragrammaton YHWH. Some people think that the pronunciation that is closest to reality is the name Yahweh. But nobody can be certain about any of the different ways the word is pronounced because nobody knows how this word really sounded. To somehow resolve this ambiguity, some translators have recently opted to use the word LORD (all capital letters) to translate the name YHWH.

We must not make a controversy  out of this as it has happened in some circles of believers who have raised the banner of defending some specific versions of the Bible as the only valid versions of the Word of God. The important thing is that every time you mention the name of the Lord you do it with the utmost reverence, acknowledging the fact that God is the Lord of the universe and of our lives. Part of the problem of trying to maintain a solid and constant relationship with God is that we make of prayer a routine and when we communicate with God our words end up becoming mere repetitions and catch phrases that we use to fill voids in our conversation . Let it be our spirit through our heart and not our mind who leads our words when we are talking to God. That way we will be more sincere and genuine in our relationship with God. To God alone be the glory!

Today’s word for June 23, 2011


In the night, LORD, I remember your name,
that I may keep your law.
This has been my practice:
I obey your precepts.
Psalms 119:55-56

In the never ending debate of those who think that salvation is achieved by works they quote many verses that mention obedience trying to show that it is what allows us to become children of God. This perspective of obedience as a requirement can only lead to legalism. Obedience is just the result of a life transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit. Obedience is the proof or evidence of the faith of a child of God and his dependence on his heavenly Father. Not surprisingly, James, the brother of the Lord said: “Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds.” Obedience is the logical consequence of a total dependence on God. Faithbedience I think I have called it before. If we are not convinced that we depend on God in all activities and aspects of our lives, we will never see how important it is to obey God in everything. God has done everything necessary for us to be saved and, as the Psalmist says, our practice is to obey his precepts. Our sinful nature will always want to drive us out of subjection to God’s commands and to lead us into the territory of rebellion. If instead we let ourselves be guided by the Holy Spirit of God it won’t be necessary for us to deal with that problem. By the measure of our obedience we can calibrate our faith.

How big is your faith? Check whether or not you are obedient and you will find out. Is there an opportunity to be more obedient? Of course, since we are not perfect and since our sinful nature makes us validate what popular wisdom says: “A leopard never changes its spots.” Without faith and without the intervention of the transforming power of the Holy Spirit of God in our life can not show a true and effective obedience. Let us give the control of our lives to the Spirit of God and let us immerse ourselves in his word so we know what the rules that we must follow are and so we can meet our part. To God alone be the glory!

Today’s word for June 18, 2011


The heavens are yours, and yours also the earth;
you founded the world and all that is in it.
You created the north and the south;
Tabor and Hermon sing for joy at your name.
Psalm 89:11-12

The progressive scientific community continues to put forward new ideas that despite how new and seemingly rational they may look, are just ideas that are part of a plan to confirm the origin of the universe without God’s involvement. Decades of study by thousands of scientists at an extravagant cost have failed to find support and confirmation of their quaint and colorful theories. Take for example the Large Hadron Collider, also known as LHC for short. To date, more than $6.6 billion (about €4.0 billion) have been spent in the construction and startup of this gigantic sub-atomic particle accelerator. With this amount of money they could run the government of some countries like Nicaragua, Honduras, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala or Panama for a whole year. To date, having come into operation by mid-2008, no confirmatory results of its main experiment: the search for the Higgs boson particle, also called God particle, have been achieved. The scientists also hope to physically detect in the future other theoretical particles such as strangelets, micro black holes, magnetic monopoles and supersymmetric particles, which supposedly would support their materialistic theories.

King David said: “The fool says in his heart: «There is no God.»” To deny the existence of God is mere foolishness and to deny his involvement in human affairs is a reckless action that steals the honor from God. The only reason that motivates these deniers of God is to silence their conscience which is perpetually pointing at their wrongdoing. To reassure themselves, they deny God and his moral authority, thus cushioning the guilt that corrodes them and mitigating the fear of suffering the terrible and future consequences of their spiritual wrongdoing. Let us not imitate these foolish and corrupt individuals whose punishment has been prepared before the creation of the universe. Acknowledge God in all our ways and you will act with truth and justice. To God alone be the glory!