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Channel of blessing


Anxiety weighs down the heart,
but a kind word cheers it up.
Proverbs 12:25

If anything characterizes this post-modern society is anxiety. The ambiguity and relativism of post-modern thought has rendered the once stable and solid moral foundations useless for a generation adopting every whim of fashion trying to find something that would help them to achieve peace and security. Economic difficulties, the global financial crisis, the rise in crime, increased corruption, the increase of hard to cure diseases, war, terrorism without borders or control, catastrophic events of nature, the inability of governments to reduce poverty and improve the quality of life of citizens, etc., all contribute without distinction of race, sex, age, nationality or origin to making human beings feel trapped in a dead-end where no one can help them. This situation will not improve until the Lord Jesus returns for His people. Meanwhile, we the children of God, we must assume our responsibility as a channel of blessing to those who have no one to represent them or simply do not know who is the only one who can give them a solution.

Are you prepared to be the salt of the earth? Have you done anything to confirm that you are the light of the world? Have you been able to show God’s love toward your neighbor? When was the last time you offered a word of hope to someone who felt overwhelmed by anxiety? Have you let the Lord use you as an instrument of peace and blessing? There are many opportunities available to us every day to help others overcome the grieving anxiety. Oftentimes all that is required is a kind word of hope and encouragement that comes from a sincere and committed heart to perform our job as ambassadors of the kingdom of God. Ask God to open your eyes so you can see the enormous amount of opportunities that exist around you to serve him. Holding his loving hand you can be an efficient instrument of blessing. To God alone be the glory!

Victory


No one can be established through wickedness,
but the righteous cannot be uprooted.
Proverbs 12:3

Even though earth is not heaven and the world is under the control of the evil, throughout history and in spite of corruption being present at all times and everywhere we can observe that evil has never prevailed over good. History is replete with examples of powerful nations and movements whose sole purpose has been to dominate and get rich at the expense of other weaker or less inclined to war nations and Peoples . Yet we can see that none of these kingdoms has been able to last long because sooner than later they have ended up collapsing and his evil plans have fallen into failure. We also know that at the very end, when the Lord Jesus Christ returns for His church, the enemy will be totally disabled and will no longer be able to continue spreading lies and discord among men. At that time there will be a powerful voice from the throne of heaven that will say: “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.’” [1]

With all our hopes set in that glorious moment when all our sorrows and misfortunes will cease to be forever, let us go down the path of righteousness that God has prepared for us. No matter how many injustices we see in other paths that are not of God, we know that eventually the bad will not have a place in the midst of creation and therefore it will completely disappear, never to be present or be remembered. As the angel told the apostle John when he revealed to him this glorious future: “Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this scroll, because the time is near. Let the one who does wrong continue to do wrong; let the vile person continue to be vile; let the one who does right continue to do right; and let the holy person continue to be holy.” [2] Let us, for our part, share the message of salvation and continue sanctifying ourselves. Now is when there is hope because Jesus has already won the victory over sin and death! To God alone be the glory!

[1] Revelation 21:3-4
[2] Revelation 22:10-11

Despicable intrigues


Good people obtain favor from the LORD,
but he condemns those who devise wicked schemes.
Proverbs 12:2

Those who love to make use of intrigue are people who act covertly to satisfy their perverse desires to hurt and create conflicts. Some do it through the dissemination of innocent gossip that turns out to be not so innocent as his words are full of hatred and violence. Others dedicate their lives to making trouble and become intrigue professionals. Intrigues destroy friendships, peace and the sanity of those who are involved in them. Those who use the intrigue are people who seem outwardly calm and full of good intentions but actually are consumed inside by hate and bitterness even though they may not be aware of what is developing inside them. They are also people who seek and crave attention from others and the only way they can get it is by being bearers of imbroglio and confusion that are of interest only to the curious and idle.

The word of God tells us that those who act this way will receive God’s condemnation because he is not pleased at with this behavior. We must always be very careful about the words we use when we communicate with others. The opportunity to be misunderstood is always present and even though we try we can not always be sure that we have been fully understood. So if you have something to say about someone, it is best to go directly to the person concerned and not discuss our views with others because we may inadvertently  risk becoming intriguers. Always look for the good of others and not their harm, edification and not destruction. Thus we will be aligned with God’s will and not with the enemy’s plans. To God alone be the glory!

Today’s word for July 12, 2011


Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge,
but whoever hates correction is stupid.
Proverbs 12:1

Discipline is absolutely necessary for human life. Without discipline man would be completely stripped of all sense of order and justice. Without correction everybody could do whatever they please without being accountable to anyone and without fear of receiving any negative consequence that may arise from it. Without correction everybody would act without any other criteria than self-satisfaction regardless of how our behavior may affect others. We all know cases of spoiled children whose parents have failed to properly raise them and how embarrassing it is for them when their children misbehave, of course, only if these parents are left with some dignity. Many tears and sufferings are in store for those who do not raise their children with discipline.

When faced with discipline we can take three courses of action. One is to dismiss it as useless and as something we are not interested in and therefore it is only an inconvenience and an obstacle in our pursuit of pleasure. Another is to become discouraged because we do not get to learn and the next time we do something wrong God will discipline us again and we will grow weary. And another is to accept the discipline of our heavenly Father as something beneficial for us that will help us correct our steps and live a life pleasing in the eyes of God.

The apostle Paul told us that “No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.” Which attitude will you have the next time God disciplines you? Will you reject it, get discouraged by it or welcome it? Do you understand the importance of correction for your life? Ignoring discipline will only produce the need for additional discipline until we learn to behave with justice and righteousness. Therefore, let us receive with joy the correction of our loving Father and let us improve everything we need to improve. We will be the first beneficiaries. To God alone be the glory!

Today’s word for June 12, 2011


Fools show their annoyance at once,
But the prudent overlook an insult.
Proverbs 12:16

In these postmodern days of the Internet the word self-control has no meaning. Self-control is the virtue, ability or power that lets you control your impulses and emotions, regardless of how intense they are. But since virtues are not currently very fashionable, few people cultivate self-control.

Self-control is a quality that is part of the fruit that Spirit produces in the life of the child of God. The apostle Paul told Timothy: “For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.” Paul wrote to Titus: “Tito said that the grace of God teaches us to say no to ungodliness and worldly passions and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age.” The apostle Peter includes self-control, among other virtues, in the list of qualities that if we possess them in increasing measure they will keep us from being ineffective and unproductive in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

With so many recommendations and examples of such distinguished representatives of God I think we should pay some attention to this important aspect of the Christian life. Let us learn, therefore, to exercise the self-control that is so necessary to grow into spiritual maturity and to be useful and productive in the work that Jesus entrusted to us. To God alone be the glory!

Today’s word for May 12, 2011


Deceit is in the hearts of those who plot evil,
but those who promote peace have joy.
Proverbs 12:20

Deception is an integral part of evil and evil can not exist without deception. These two are linked in such a way that we can not find them separate from each other. And this is not surprising since both of them have the same father, Satan. For those who spend their lives looking to profit from the misfortunes of others, deceit is a powerful weapon that seduces, fascinates, numbs and captures hearts and minds. Most people live with the illusion that some day they will find their fortune and therefore they are easily manipulated by lies and false promises. There are even those who justify lying as something that should be used to achieve the greater good. We know where these ideas come from. We who are disciples and followers of the Master Savior should not have any affinity with this pernicious practice because Jesus is the truth and light has nothing to do with darkness. In this postmodern world where people prefer to believe that nobody has the absolute truth but they all have a little bit of it, even if they hold diametrically opposite positions, a lie is easily disguised and runs free without being detected.

In contrast, we find that the search for peace is something that is righteous and brings joy to those who practice it. One of the greatest satisfactions a person may have is to live without conflict. This does not mean we can live in a kind of protective capsule that isolates us from the world for this capsule does not exist. Conflicts will always be just around the corner, looming to make our life more difficult. But if we are wise we will see them coming and with God’s help we shall be able to find a way to avoid them or to mitigate them. Let us flee from deceit and let us always promote peace. This way we will find truth and joy, and we will remain focused on the way of righteousness, which God prepared for us before creation. To God alone be the glory!

Today’s word for April 12, 2011


Those who work their land will have abundant food,
but those who chase fantasies have no sense.
Proverbs 12:11

There are many people who spend a lifetime just dreaming. Their world is a world full of desires and low on achievements. These people live every day dreaming of doing this or that and imagining having one or the other. These are persons with disabilities to achieve anything because they are captive in a world of fantasies and false hopes that keeps them completely separated from reality. One example of these prone to fantasizing people we can find on those who spend their whole lives thinking they are going to hit the lottery jackpot. I’m not saying it’s wrong to have dreams and aspirations. You can have dreams and aspirations but they must be feasible and achievable and they must have a noble purpose or otherwise they become frustrating, depressing or unhealthy desires. Watching how many of those dreams never become reality can lead to the development of roots of bitterness towards those that are not to blame for the false expectations that we have created for ourselves.

Our aspirations for justice, truth and equality can only be achieved, in particular, by establishing a personal relationship with the Creator of the universe and, in general and in the future, when the Savior, the Son of God, King of kings and Lord of lords returns with his heavenly army to impose order and justice on earth. Let us, then, maintain a down to earth attitude, and let us determine ourselves to meet the achievable goals that we have set for ourselves or that have been allocated to us by someone else and let us march forward toward the dream of freedom that can only be achieved in the arms of our Lord Jesus Christ . To God alone be the glory!