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But as for me, it is good to be near God.
I have made the Sovereign LORD my refuge;
I will tell of all your deeds.
Psalms 73:28

In these postmodern times no one knows and few care about what is right and what is wrong. The characteristic ambiguity of postmodernism makes no distinction between black and white, all boundaries disappear and everything becomes a range of gray tones without limits. Gradually we can see how practices and customs that until now have always been considered sin, are now being accepted as normal for the sake of a misunderstood tolerance. The world, which has plunged into total confusion, would rather accept whatever comes its way so it does not have to bother to separate what should be from what should not be. Everything is accepted and taken for legitimate and nobody cares what is going on as long as all thoughts are focused on putting man at the center of the universe. No one seems concerned that values have become obsolete, but as soon as someone is affected by the vices of another, that someone becomes outraged and calls for justice.

Existentialism placed emotions above reason, the world accepted these ideas without objections and now we all suffer the consequences of living in a world of confusion and violence where tolerance becomes the cardinal virtue and the traditional scheme of values has lost relevance. The psalmist Asaph ends the psalm with a clear and firm statement: “But as for me, it is good to be near God.” Who can refute this truth? What about you? How close are you to God? What gives meaning to your life? Do you just go along with your emotions and your sensual pleasures or rely upon the word of God to make your decisions? Your actions are controlled by your scheme of values. And for you, Who is above all things, you or God? Calibrate your values against the word of God and you will know how close or far you are from Him. Only to God be the glory!

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Today’s word for July 15, 2011


Those who are far from you will perish;
you destroy all who are unfaithful to you.
But as for me, it is good to be near God.
I have made the Sovereign LORD my refuge;
I will tell of all your deeds.
Psalm 73:27-28

Separated from God we are nothing and we can do nothing. Our Lord Jesus is the life and without life there is nothing left but death. Our Lord Jesus is the vine and we are the branches and no branch can bear fruit by itself, but must remain on the vine. Why walk separated from God if we know that away from him we can only find frustration, death, sorrow and pain? The Lord Jesus chose simple examples to explain these things to us so that we would all understand that we need to be close to him in order to live. However, many people hear these words and as soon as they stop listening they forget them. They are like the seed that the farmer scattered and fell among thorns. They fail to bear fruit because their cares and concerns are always more important than the cultivation of the word of God, which is what can bring solution to all their worries. Their scope is limited to the problem and they do not realize that Christ, the solution, is at hand.

Do not be so quick to identify these faults in others because it has happened to us all in a greater or lesser degree. What matters is that in God we have the solution and it is he who we must seek in prayer at all times and under all circumstances to maintain our soil good and prepared, so that when the seed of the Word of God s dropped, it can sprout, grow and produce a yield of thirty, sixty or a hundredfold. As the Lord Jesus: “Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.” Again, let us stick close to the Lord, for separated from him we are nothing and we can do nothing. To God alone be the glory!

Today’s word for June 30, 2011


Every word of God is flawless;
he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.
Do not add to his words,
or he will rebuke you and prove you a liar.
Proverbs 30:5-6

Those who have placed their trust in the promises contained in the word of God are first hand witnesses that the word has never disappointed them. The word of God has always proven to be true and trustworthy. A modern version of Scripture says that “every word of God has stood the test of fire.” If something has gone wrong for someone who has put his faith in the word of God, it is likely that the cause of this failure is due to inappropriate attitude or wrong purposes. When the vast majority of people buy a new device, electrical or mechanical, they hardly take a look at the manual of operation thinking that they do not need to read the instructions and warnings in the manual because the operation of the device in question is very simple and well known. There have been many cases in which the incorrect operation of a device has resulted in harm to the user or destruction of the utensil. The same goes for humans. The Bible is the manual operation of man. Those who ignore, intentionally or unintentionally, the instructions compiled in this book for the benefit of mankind end up hurting themselves or those around them.

Do you live your life according to the principles contained in the word of God? Do you consult daily on the Word of God which path to take and what attitude to present toward life? Do you go along with the influences of a world that only seeks to destroy you and your loved ones? You know what the Lord expects of you? Ignoring the decrees and teachings of the Word of God can lead you to material and spiritual ruin. Why ignore the promises that have proven reliable again and again? Do not ignore or twist the meaning of the teachings God has prepared for us and has given us through his trusty word. Doing so involves serious risk. Trust in God and his word and never be disappointed. To God alone be the glory!