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Power and peace


The Lord sits enthroned over the flood;
the Lord is enthroned as King forever.
The Lord gives strength to his people;
the Lord blesses his people with peace.
Psalms 29:10-11

The Lord’s people have many enemies. These enemies are always lurking, threatening, scheming, plotting and preparing to do as much damage as possible to the chosen people of God. But just as the people of God have so many enemies, so they too have strength and protection from the Creator. He who formed the universe by his word and to whom all the forces of nature  obey promptly and without question takes care that nothing wrong happens to  his people and that they can always stand on their feet despite the many obstacles of all kinds that come up on the road.

Do you know the strength of the hurricane and its capacity to destroy everything that comes its way? Have you seen the river waters cover vast plains of what once looked like solid and safe ground? Have you noticed how solid concrete and steel structures come crumbling down when the earth’s crust trembles? Have you seen the glowing lava flow from the mouth of the volcano at high speed to burn and raze everything that gets in its path? The same destructive power is used by God to prevent evil forces reach beyond where they have been allowed to go. Nothing can resist the power of God. Let us trust, then, in the immense power of God that enables us to live in peace and security according to his perfect will. To God alone be the glory!

Arrogance


They have no struggles;
their bodies are healthy and strong.
They are free from common human burdens;
they are not plagued by human ills.
Therefore pride is their necklace;
they clothe themselves with violence.
Psalm 73:4-6

One of the favorite weapons of our enemy Satan is suggesting that we should be constantly comparing ourselves with others. We do this all the time with regard to physical attributes, success (as measured by the world), academic achievements, possessions, the vehicle we drive, the clothes we wear, the house in which we dwell, and many other things. Our life becomes a constant comparison and competition for being above others just to satisfy our pride and we end up granting victory to our real enemy. One of the most common causes of depression is the failure to meet the stereotype of beauty or of prosperity. Plastic Surgeons and financial advisors (lay and religious) have lined their pockets with money and have paid their children’s college education with the cash of those people who have paid attention to the almost imperceptible but very effective whispers of the devil.

The only way to break this bond is through constant exposure to the word of God. Only the word of God provides the right perspective to break the union of our will with the false appearance of the world and his followers. Our objectives and goals as children of God are very different from the objectives and goals of the world. Our enemies seek to destroy our lives and if we go by putting more attention to them than to what our Lord Jesus commands us they will achieve their goal of putting an end to our peace, health and happiness. Every time you feel envious or angry because someone has or does something that you can not have or do remember that we are here temporarily and that the true wealth and possessions we have are those that we have accumulated in heaven by means of our obedience to God.  To God alone be the glory!

Love and justice


Be exalted in your strength, LORD;
we will sing and praise your might.
Psalm 21:13

As much as we may dislike the behavior of those who refuse to recognize the authority and power of God over the universe we have to understand that the judgement due to those who reject Christ belongs to God alone. Sometimes we despair because we want everyone to understand God’s plan as we know it, even though we know so little about it. God’s mysteries shall remain mysteries until the moment he decides to reveal them. We can only know what he has already shown us through his word. By sharing the message of God’s love for all we have to keep in mind that “God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” [1] God wants all to be saved and we must act on that premise to avoid falling into judgments and developing critical attitudes of intolerance toward yhose who do not understand the message. Moreover, “Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.” [2] Never think that when we are disdained or when we are despised and mocked for sharing the message of salvation that we are the ones being rejected. God is being rejected and he is the one in charge of administering justice to those who do not want to believe in Jesus Christ our Lord.

So with patience and certainty that what we are instructed to do is the right and necessary task, let us continue sharing the good news of salvation available to all through the marvelous work of Christ on Mount Calvary and his power to overcome death. Let us love and let us not make judgments, so God will be exalted. This is the love of God: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have everlasting life.” [3] Only to God be the Glory!

[1] John 3:17
[2] John 3:18
[3] John 3:16