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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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Foundations


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!

Wishes granted


Charge them with crime upon crime;
do not let them share in your salvation.
Psalms 69:27

Although at first glance the request of King David looks cruel and short of compassion, what he is asking God is not far removed from what their enemies aspire. They have chosen to live a life of sin. They rejoice in their lusts and their bad behavior. They boast of being more intelligent than their opponents because they have stripped the poor of what little remained. They do not want to walk along the paths of God. They prefer to travel on their own paths full of blood and destruction. Their weapons are insult and betrayal. Their proud hearts are full of deceit. In a nutshell, they do not want to side with God. In other words, King David is saying, “Grant them their wishes to live apart from you. Make sure they accumulate enough sins and that they do not repent to grant them their wish to live away from you and the light so they may live forever in darkness. “

We have the biblical and moral obligation to warn these wicked people of the consequences of their misbehavior. That the truth of the gospel shine or not upon their lives and that God’s Holy Spirit removes the veil that covers their hearts today depend only on the grace of God. So, while we are in this world, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.” Let us ask the Lord for compassion and the urge to deal with souls who are about to be lost. It’s time to start harvesting. Only to God be the glory!

Consequences


Evil will never leave the house
of one who pays back evil for good.
Proverbs 17:13

One thing we can be certain of is that every action has its consequences. If the actions are good, the consequences will also be good. The opposite also applies. Bad behavior has bad consequences. It’s amazing that something as simple as this is overlooked when we are making decisions. One reason may be that we never stop to think before making a decision. A vast majority of our decisions are made in a split second without thoroughly analyzing and calculating the consequences that they will bring. Our natural reaction is to respond in kind with which we have been paid. ¿Defense mechanism or need for revenge? In addition, we have been trained to quickly make decisions and to not waste time to react appropriately. The mixture of these two things makes us continually incur in many mistakes.

There are two things we can do to reverse these dangerous trends that seek to control our life and take over our will. The first thing is to obey what the Lord Jesus Christ instructed us: “You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well. If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles. Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.” This is possibly one of the commands most difficult to fulfill for our sinful nature is very strong in this regard. The other thing we can do is not rush to make decisions before they have been consulted with our heavenly Father and only after asking if we are doing something that pleases him, unless of course, the situation in question is a matter of life or death. In any case, we can only achieve these things under the guidance of the Holy Spirit and never on our own though it may seem that we are capable.

Let us then remember the Lord’s instructions and let us be guided by his Holy Spirit. Soon you will notice how good deeds will bring good consequences. Only to God be the glory!

Gratitude


May my lips overflow with praise,
for you teach me your decrees.
May my tongue sing of your word,
for all your commands are righteous.
Psalm 119:171-172

If you want to know what a person really holds in his heart and what his true priorities are, ask him why he is grateful to God. If this person focuses on God and His Word, he will respond immediately to you and will mention the many things for which his heart overflows with gratitude. If he takes a bit to answer it may be for two reasons, one is that it has so many things for which to be full of gratitude that he needs a couple of seconds to rank them in order of importance from highest to lowest before stating them. The other possibility is that this person has never stopped to consider the many blessings God has granted him or simply he does not know who is the author of all things good and apparently bad that are part of his life.

Never forget that everything, absolutely everything we are, have and do we owe to our heavenly Father who gave us life, forgiveness of sins and salvation through His Son Jesus Christ. Consider the long list of daily blessings and benefits that our Father has bestowed upon us, which makes us the most privileged beings in the universe. Until we are totally clear about these things we will not know what it means to praise God. If you’ve never sat down to consider what God has given you, begin by investigating where your life comes from and who allows your heart to beat and lets you breathe. Soon you will realize that every aspect of your life, as insignificant as it may seem, you owe it to God. To him who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life give all thanks. To God alone be the glory!

Treasures


I know, LORD, that your laws are righteous,
and that in faithfulness you have afflicted me.
May your unfailing love be my comfort,
according to your promise to your servant.
Let your compassion come to me that I may live,
for your law is my delight.
Psalms 119:75-77

Justice, discipline, mercy, faithfulness, compassion and joy. All these things mentioned in just three sentences showing the interrelationships that these concepts have among them and their link with the life of the son of God and the importance of adhering to the divine precepts. Many believe that the believer’s life is a life of boredom and difficulties, that there is nothing interesting to do but tedious and monotonous spiritual exercises. Of course, those who think this way are people who have a worldview based on prescriptive elements, ie, people who put the emphasis on “what to do” rather than “what to be.” Until we understand that is more important “to be” than “to do” and that life does not consist only of those things that we accumulate, be it titles, honors or possessions, we will not understand the meaning of the great victory that our Lord Jesus Christ accomplished on the cross of Calvary and the importance this has for each one of us.

Many want to hear the voice of God but are reluctant to seek what he says by his word. Others simply want to hear something “new” from God as if God is someone who changes his mind or lifestyle at every turn. What man needs to know God has already have revealed through His Word and through His creation. Seeking God for fun and entertainment will never achieve its goal for it is necessary that one seeks God with a sincere heart that he may be found. The answer to all concerns and enigmas of humanity can be found in the word of God. Let’s dive, then, in it so we can find the treasures all seek but few find. To God alone be the glory!

True justice


Righteousness guards the person of integrity,
but wickedness overthrows the sinner.
Proverbs 13:6

Human justice, like all things related to the nature of man is imperfect. Even when intentions are good and honest, human justice is limited by poorly written laws or legal absurdities, or simply by laws whose validity is limited to their historical context. Additionally we have the presence of corruption. This is not something limited to any one culture or country in particular but it is something that occurs all over the world. Where there is man there will be corruption. We all know one or more instances in which the courts have acted with complete disregard for justice and law. Decisions influenced by political motives are a sore spot in the history of countries dominated by totalitarianism and these outrageous decisions may even occur in countries with a longstanding democratic culture. Knowing these major weaknesses of the judicial system established by man can we trust that we will receive justice when we go to it?

The only real justice is the justice of God. God’s justice is perfect because God is perfect. Although we do not see a system of checks and balances, jurors, prosecutors, lawyers and judges, divine justice progresses inexorably to put everything in its proper place. Its foundation is wisdom. Its principles are simple and its decisions are brilliant. Its sentences are immaculate and its jurisprudence is eternal. Every time we feel our rights have been violated we can go with confidence to God and cry out for justice. But be careful that you’re walking in integrity so that you are protected by your righteousness. Otherwise, divine justice will bring upon you the actual consequences of the bad actions that you have not confessed to God or have not yet felt remorse for. We can not completely trust the institutions established by man but we can rest with confidence in the justice of God, which will soon be applied to those who enjoy evildoing and have made of it a lifestyle. To God alone be the glory!

Compassion and Justice


But Phinehas stood up and intervened,
and the plague was checked.
This was credited to him as righteousness
for endless generations to come.
Psalms 106:30-31

Many times, apathy and selfishness paralyze our actions. Like the priest and the Levite in the well-known parable of the Good Samaritan , we hurriedly pass by on the other side when we see, lying in the road, the battered body of man from Jerusalem who was assaulted and beaten by thieves. We can not remain indifferent to the various evils that are practiced in the world. Our society is being attacked with fury and from every angle by the forces of evil and we need to raise our voice against those acts against life, family and our beliefs. Every day that goes by the activism of groups opposed to Christianity becomes more violent and uncompromising. As children of God, it is natural and normal to receive certain targeted attacks by we know who. But that does not mean we keep quiet about the proliferation of injustice. Our commitment is to tell the truth, tactfully, but always the truth.

There is no need to walk the road from Jerusalem to Jericho to find our neighbor. Everywhere we encounter the sad reality of suffering and neglect. Unfortunately, that is the nature of the world where we live. Our response should be to act with the love that the Holy Spirit has poured into our hearts and lend a hand to those who have been hit by adversity, and perhaps are suffering the consequences of their mistakes. Without being judgemental let us prepare to render such assistance as is required of us so we can imitate the example of compassion and love that our Lord Jesus Christ gave us. Our actions in this regard will be considered by God as an act of justice. To God alone be the glory!

The throne


Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne;
love and faithfulness go before you.
Psalm 89:14

Here are four things that good people desire but the world rarely offers : justice, righteousness, love and faithfulness. The world can not deliver what it does not have and we understand that it is foolish to expect the world to give us something we can only find in God. These four things are personified in Jesus Christ and yet the world rejected him because it failed to recognize him as its Creator and Lord. Now, these four virtues must be present in our lives if we are to become true witnesses of the wonders of God. In every decision we must make sure that justice will prevail. If someone gets hurt because of our actions then we are not acting with the justice and equity that God expects of us. On the other hand we must ensure that in every activity we perform we are complying with the laws and regulations established, provided they do not lead us to do something that displeases God. As for love, what could we add to the exhortations of the apostle John, who urged us to live in love, thus living in God, and God in us because God is love. As for faithfulness, there is no easier way to keep the enemy away from our path than to walk in truth. Our enemy, being the father of lies, hates the truth and just the same way where there is light there can be no darkness, where there is truth, deceit has no place.

Most people generally do not practice these things because a nucleotide sequence is missing  in the spiritual DNA of every human being and the sequence only can be completed by the presence of God and therefore all are under condemnation unless they ask God to save them through the redeeming work of Christ on the cross of Mount Calvary. Let the whole world know that the only way to fill the void in their lives is through repentance of their sins, the forgiveness of God and the presence of Christ in their lives. 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