Show me your ways, LORD,
teach me your paths.
Guide me in your truth and teach me,
for you are God my Savior,
and my hope is in you all day long.
In the genetic map of humanity there are, among others, a couple of features which are typical to the human race: curiosity and a craving for knowledge. Man is the only physical being that has the ability to reason and to question what he sees and the conclusions of his reasoning. Many have used this capability inherent in human beings to make major strides in the epistemological, scientific and technological fields. Economically developed nations put away large sums in their budgets for scientific and technological progress aiming to achieve dominance over space and on other planets and their satellites. Many get involved in satisfying this thirst for knowledge to fill the void that is present in the life of every man. The more they learn, the more they want to know yet the more questions remain unanswered. Few realize the futility of their research.
King Solomon described this situation as follows: “When I applied my mind to know wisdom and to observe the labor that is done on earth—people getting no sleep day or night—then I saw all that God has done. No one can comprehend what goes on under the sun. Despite all their efforts to search it out, no one can discover its meaning. Even if the wise claim they know, they cannot really comprehend it.” Curiosity and the thirst for knowledge are there to encourage us to learn more about God. Unfortunately people are only concerned with knowing more about God’s work and has put aside the pursuit of knowledge of the Creator of all that exists, both visible and invisible. Let us increasingly seek to know God and his ways, and everything else will be added. Let us let God teach us, show us his ways and guide us by his truth. Only then we will gain wisdom. To God alone be the glory!
Listen to your father, who gave you life,
and do not despise your mother when she is old.
Buy the truth and do not sell it—
wisdom, instruction and insight as well.
The vast majority of people do not know how much of their education and personality they owe to their parents. Many believe that genetics does not play any role or has little influence on them at best. Also, they neglect the education they received from very early childhood, not to mention the love with which they were raised. As soon as they reach an age where they think they can make their own decisions without consulting their parents or having to take into account their teachings, they forget all the instruction they have received and allow themselves to be guided by the criteria of the world, the lies of Satan or the passions of the flesh. All the discipline and wisdom that they were inculcated from a tender age disappears. Pride makes them think they do not need anything or anyone to protect them or to let them progress in a hostile world.
The word of God shows us a totally different picture in which the children are respectful and obedient to their parents. The biblical model is the way established by God for the family to grow, consolidate and multiply. Contemporary society and its syncretistic philosophies have eroded the solid family base that prevailed for centuries. Not happy with all the damage it has caused, modern society continues to seek ways to achieve its total destruction. A family can only thrive if there is respect and consideration between its members . Each family member has a role to play, parents teach and children learn. When this fails to happen the family is weakened and loses its influence as core and support of society. Let us receive the wisdom that comes from above and let us fight for the integrity and endurance of our families. To achieve this objective children play a key role when they honor their parents. Then, let us honor them! To God alone be the glory!
I will proclaim the LORD’s decree:
He said to me, “You are my son;
today I have become your father.
The major doctrine which characterizes all monotheistic religious systems is the assertion that God is one. There are no other gods besides God, Creator of the universe. What distinguishes Christianity from other monotheistic position is that God is a both one and triune God in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. This is something that has been very difficult to understand for those who want to analyze everything under the approach of reason without stopping to think that reason is only one side of the coin, the other side being faith. In any case, although the term Trinity itself does not appear in the Bible, many portions of the word show and support this doctrine. Those who adverse the Trinitarian position claim that God does not and cannot bear children. It’s plain arrogance to say something about God that God has not revealed to man through his word. To deny that God has the Son is to deny all of God’s work carried out to save man from condemnation.
And you, who do you say is Jesus Christ? For you, is Jesus a prophet, a guru or God made man, the Savior of mankind? The author of the Epistle to the Hebrews under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit puts it this way: “The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.” If this description do not clarify the matter, it means you have a thick blindfold over your eyes that keeps you from capturing the glorious reality of our wonderful Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God and his redemptive work. If you can understand it, only to God be the glory!
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Tagged Christianity, decree, father, God, LORD, love, proclaim, Psalms, son, truth, wisdom
He set the earth on its foundations;
it can never be moved.
You covered it with the watery depths as with a garment;
the waters stood above the mountains.
Scientific and technological advances are difficult to ignore. Every day a new technology application is developed to improve our health or our wellbeing. Millions of Euros and Dollars are spent daily on scientific research and companies that engage in this research generate large fortunes for their stockholders. Hence, science has a reputation as a generator of well-being and progress to the point that science has replaced faith in many areas of knowledge. While the areas of application are different, many have used science to discredit faith. It is like an expert in History of the French Revolution questioning the advances in Cell Physiology and vice versa. Science deals with what can be seen and what can be felt and measured. Faith deals with things that cannot be seen and cannot be measured physically. At some points these two study areas overlap and that is where the most heated arguments arise between believers and scientists. Both try to claim that little common ground for themselves.
We can find one of these points of overlap in the study of the origins of the universe, life and our planet. The vast majority of scientists have rejected a priori the option that God’s hand has intervened in the creation process of all we can see today. Arrogantly they raise and wield their ever-changing theories, which they take for truth though most of them have proved to be defective. When this happens, they simply create a new theory to replace the one that has failed, which serves to keep them occupied until the new theory is also found to be false. The word of God on the other hand is consistent and reliable. God’s promises are true and need not be exchanged for new promises. God is faithful and his word is trustworthy. This is something that science will never achieve. To God alone be the glory!
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Tagged Christianity, earth, foundation, God, Jesus, knowledge, life, mountains, Psalms, trust, truth, water, wisdom
A gossip betrays a confidence;
so avoid anyone who talks too much.
We all need to communicate with each other. To a greater or lesser extent we all need to express ourselves and be heard by others. When someone pays genuine attention to what we are saying we feel honored and useful as we share with others a little bit of ourselves. Now, some people take this need to communicate to pathological and unbearable extremes. These are people whose only aim in life is to talk (usually about themselves) without stopping and without caring whether they are being heard or not. Of course they think others are paying attention and are very interested in knowing what they have to say, even if it is not true, and that’s why they never stop talking mostly inconsistencies. Many of them, having no other subject of conversation dedicate themselves to exposing personal information about other people, most likely something which is not in the public domain. The elements of secrecy and mystery add a little excitement to the subject being shared and the natural curiosity of those who are receiving the message above is conjugated to form an explosive mixture. Just as the Athenians and foreigners living in Athens attended the Areopagus to expend the time doing nothing but listening to and discussing the latest news, today people are guided by their carnal nature to find out about every gossip and news going around them and if they find someone like the people described above, the conditions are perfect for gossip and hearsay.
We should avoid this type of people and we should always stay away from them. A gossip rotten apple soon spoils the whole barrel. The apostle Paul exhorted us to always make our conversation pleasant and tasteful so no there is no room for gossip and backbiting. If someone likes to talk, let him speak of Christ and sparingly to avoid exhausting the patience of others. If anyone wants to come to tarnish our hearts with private information from others, let us pay no heed to their message and let us put a stop to those engaged in such a shameful activity. With our minds focused on our Lord Jesus Christ we will enjoy the peace and harmony that should exist between brothers. To God alone be the glory!
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Tagged avoidance, betrayal, Christianity, confidence, faith, God, gossip, Jesus, life, love, obedience, Proverbs 20, righteousness, spirituality, talk, truth, wisdom
I will praise God’s name in song
and glorify him with thanksgiving.
This will please the LORD more than an ox,
more than a bull with its horns and hooves.
The poor will see and be glad—
you who seek God, may your hearts live!
The LORD hears the needy
and does not despise his captive people.
People cry out to God for many reasons but most of these petitions are selfish desires that will never be supported by God because they have no purpose other than the satisfaction of those who raised their cry. Many of these petitions are expressed without regard for the will of God and that is the main reason why these prayers are never answered. The apostle John makes this clear: “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.” And to ask according to the will of God is not just saying “Thy will be done” although it has to be said. Remember that the Holy Spirit of God knows what is in our spirit: “We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.” When we turn to our heavenly Father in prayer asking for anything let us make sure we’re asking in accordance with his will. His will is not unknown nor is it something that we ask for but we are not sure what we’re looking for. God’s will is clearly defined in his word and the only way we can know it is by constant reading of the Bible.
Do you want to know what is God’s will for your life? Read the word of God. Do you want to pray to God according to his perfect will? Include in your request “Thy will be done.” Do you want to make sure that God will hear you? First let us make sure that our heart is aligned with his heart. Only then we can be sure we are praying to the Father for His perfect will in the name of his Son Jesus Christ. Remember that every day we must decrease so that he can increase and be in control of our lives. Remember that the will of God is good, pleasing and perfect. To God alone be the glory!
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Tagged Christianity, God, Jesus, life, LORD, love, praise, protection, Psalms, salvation, solution, thanksgiving, truth, wisdom
Those who guard their lips preserve their lives,
but those who speak rashly will come to ruin.
There are many ways that our tongue can get us into trouble. Some people like to talk so much that they can not remain silent under any circumstances and end up saying sheer nonsense that no one is interested in hearing. Those are the fools. Sometimes even a king needs to put them in place and ask them to shut up. Others have a poisoned tongue that only utters insults and curses that can only come from a heart controlled by the devil. There are also those to whom nothing seems right and all they do is complain about everything. We also have those who are unable to utter an expression of thanks, but only know how to demand. Some have made an art of lying, if you can call deception that. With amazing skills they can convince even the most skeptical but always at the expense of hoaxes and deceit. We can’t leave aside those who always have an excuse to justify they have not done anything, because of inability or laziness. And what about those who have a treacherous tongue and are willing to sell the secrets, even those of his own brother. As we can see, there are many ways that our tongue can get us into trouble. We can’t mention all of them for reasons of space.
Have you been at any time part of one or more of the groups described above? Are any of these behaviors a problem you’re currently facing? An uncontrolled tongue can do great damage. James, the brother of Jesus wrote: “Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. 6 The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell” and “no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.” Before you say anything, consider well what you are going to say to avoid pronouncing evil words. Thus, we will be careful not to hurt our neighbor and also we will protect ourselves. To God alone be the glory!
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Tagged Christianity, faith, fool, God, Jesus, justice, lips, Proverbs 13, rash, ruin, tongue, truth, wisdom
My guilt has overwhelmed me
like a burden too heavy to bear.
My wounds fester and are loathsome
because of my sinful folly.
I am bowed down and brought very low;
all day long I go about mourning.
The wealthy citizens of the Roman Empire had at their disposal a technique to commit suicide that was slow and almost painless. They achieved their macabre purpose of leaving this world in a slow and imperceptible way. We will not discuss the details of this technique because this is out of scope. But it is important to know that when we sin, our bodies slowly submerge into a stupor that keeps us from realizing the fall we are experiencing. Changes in our body occur so slow that we can not realize that they are happening until we reach such a state of deterioration that the consequences become a heavy burden.
It is popularly said that “Man is a creature of habit.” Habits and customs produce in us a sense of security and reassurance. The problems arise when the habit or the custom is associated with a sinful practice. If we routinely practice some form of sin we do not realize the negative impact that this practice is having on us. Our hearts become hard as stone and our conscience is numbed into a deep sleep. We displace the Holy Spirit of God and we claim and gradually remove his control of our lives relegating his role to that of being just a spiritual ornament. And that’s when the woes and pains start. That’s when we feel overwhelmed, brought down, depressed and heartbroken because health has abandoned us.
Not every illness or disease is the result of sin, so it is important that we analyze ourselves and that we allow the Holy Spirit to fulfill his purpose in our lives to determine what behavior we must change to avoid the slow process of death. The only available and effective solution to overcome this painful situation is to go to the loving arms of our Lord Jesus Christ. He can set us free from the habit of sin and set us on the path of justice and health. Allow the Holy Spirit to show you where you missed the mark and take your failures to the throne of grace. Christ is the only way to achieve spiritual vitality. To God alone be the glory!
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Tagged burden, Christianity, faith, folly, God, guilt, life, mourning, overwhelmed, pardon, peace, Psalms, righteousness, sin, truth, wounds
My feet stand on level ground;
in the great congregation I will praise the LORD.
I can say unequivocally that there is no one who has not found himself in trouble at least once in his lifetime trying to keep balance on a slippery slope. A clay road after a summer shower, a freshly polished floor, a floor where lubricant has been spilled and an icy sidewalk are some areas that we’ve had to walk across and where we may have slipped or suffered a painful fall. Certain terrains consisting mostly mud, sand or snow create challenges to balance or to move safely because our feet easily sink without hitting bottom. All these situations represent serious risks of slip and falls that sometimes we are exposed to.
In our daily walk, we go through situations similar to those described above in which we find it difficult to maintain our righteousness and integrity without slipping or falling. This happens mostly if we decide to rely on opinions and not on convictions. Opinions are erratic or moody ideas that depend heavily on the circumstances and situations in which we find ourselves. Convictions on the other hand are strong and enduring concepts that do not bend to circumstances or difficulties. Do you know the difference between an opinion and a conviction? An opinion is something that you hold while a conviction is something that holds you. Can you now see the difference?
What kind of path are you going through right now? Do you feel safe and strong to overcome all obstacles that arise in your way regardless of how big and difficult they may seem? Will you lean on a firm belief or a capricious opinion when trying to break an impasse or solve a situation? The Lord Jesus is the firm rock where we can rest assured that we are not going to slip or fall. Always lean on him and your walk will be safe and your progress will be steady and solid. Trying to find support on any other person or thing will never give us the strength and the rest we crave. Only on Jesus we can stand up and secure our safety and integrity. To God alone be the glory!
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Tagged Christianity, congregation, feet, God, hope, life, LORD, love, praise, Psalms, righteousness, spirituality, stand, truth, wisdom
Turn to me and be gracious to me,
for I am lonely and afflicted.
Relieve the troubles of my heart
and free me from my anguish.
Look on my affliction and my distress
and take away all my sins.
Just as it looks like that it’s the sun that revolves around the earth when the reality is quite the opposite, so it seems that when we sin and make mistakes, God turns his back on us. The reality is that when we sin, it is us who turn our backs on him. We sin because we disobey his commandments, or because we feel that certain aspects of our life do not need to be managed in accordance with the principles established by God. We sin because we place ourselves (or think we can place ourselves) above God. And when we sin we turn our backs to God to follow our own paths and make our own decisions without the participation of the loving guidance of our heavenly Father. With arrogance but also with shame we turn our faces away to avoid being confronted by the truth and justice emanating from the presence of God. Later, when things go wrong, we refuse to accept our responsibility for having failed and often we blame God for what is happening to us without understanding that everything is the result of our disobedience.
Since it was not God who has turned his back on us it is our responsibility to turn our face towards God so we can renew our relationship with him. He is always there. He has never left us. It is us who have separated from him and it is us who must seek and appeal for the mercy of God and through the merits of our Lord Jesus entreat God not to take into account our wrongdoing. Are you in affliction, trouble, anguish,distress or hardship? Have you considered that what is happening to you is most likely a result of your disobedience and distancing from God? The answer is in your hand. Turn to the Lord your God with a repentant heart and seek His forgiveness for all your faults. Then do not turn your face from the glorious presence of God and you will enjoy a relationship that will remain steadfast amid the most violent storm. To God alone be the glory!
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