Pray with faith and boldness

July 3, 2020

“my prayer is pure” (Job 16:17b)

We consider that at least once every individual has lifted up a prayer to the sky throughout his/her life. The prayer has the goal of touching the sky and for receiving an answer. In its need of receiving an answer, Job the righteous had an affirmation which as big as it was, as normal it was as well. After he kept on defending himself in front of his friend’s accusations who were not finding any guilt on him (Job 32:2) while watching the blindness, Job’s behavior and heart thoughts, he calls for something that should make everyone around him remain silent: “my prayer is pure”.

In other words, Job says it was impossible that his thoughts, words and actions to be unclean when his prayer was always clean. Job knew that you can not be one way before God and in another way before the people. That is why he continued and said: “My friends scorn me; My eyes pour out tears to God, that one might plead for a man with God, as a man pleads for his neighbor!” (Job 16:20-21).

It is outrageous that on the day of distress even the friends to stay against, but if your prayer is clean then you can wait for God to save you from the bad day and your enemies. He will do justice for you before heaven and in your friend’s sight “they will be rescued because your hands are pure” (Job 22:30b).

When you know that your prayer is clean you can pray with faith and boldness; then even your false friends will need you clean prayers.

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Be A Shadow Used by God

July 2, 2020

“I delight to sit in his shade.” (Songs of Solomon 2:3)

Your life can be like a farmer’s life who is working the field in during the hottest moment of the day or like the life of a traveler with a long trip during summer days. Later or sooner, both of them need the shadow to cool down, rest and strengthen themselves. Afterwards they can continue their work and journey.

The shadow is the place we are looking for during the very warm moments. It is the place that revives and creates a feeling of comfort and good. When we sit under the shadow, we can even have a better perspective about the things in our life’s.

No matter if the shadow is made a by a fruitful tree or by a tree that only has leafs which swish when the wind blows, the shadows from these trees they are always wanted. The shadow will always be there for you when you need a rest, a word to boost you up, open arms to make you feel better.

Shelter yourself under the shadows that God offers you / bring them in your way, and the move forward through “the hottest moment” of the day. First make God your shadow and then He will use also use other shadows to do you good even more. After you experienced how much good the “shadows” of God did to you, let Him to make you a shadow for the ones who toil. You have to become a shadow for the tired one or for the one who wants to enjoy the divine and life blessings under the cool shadow offered by the Most High.

If besides the offered shadow you will also have a fruit, the you must know that many “farmers” and many “travelers” will pull over under you shadow. You will become more then just a shadow, you will be a good place where many memories and stories of life will be shared. For sure one of them will be about you, the “shadow” of God through which God did good to many. A shadow which with pleasure people will sit under and story-tell the mighty miracles of the Most High.

 

 

When the Day of Distress Comes

July 1, 2020

“Hear my prayer, Lord; listen to my cry for mercy. In the day of my distress, I will call on you, because you answer me.” (Psalm 86:6-7)

The day of distress is undesirable and unknown but roams the earth long and wide entering in people’ homes and lives unexpectedly. It is probably the only day in people' lives that is not loved but totally rejected.

Many people consider this day to be the favorite day of the evil one to manifest his character: to destroy as much as possible, to steal man's peace, joy and tranquility, and to kill what is good.

The Bible foretells that on the day of great tribulation people will seek to hide even in the cracks of the rocks. In such days (of trouble) those who were your friends will be the first to find the best hiding places (for them, but not for you) so that you cannot find them no matter how insistently you look for them and no matter how hard you would shout for them.

Psalm 86 is a prayer and a cry of David towards the One who promised that in the day of trouble He will not hide (even if He is not visible), nor will He be silent (even if we cannot not hear Him) . David had made a good habit to call on God in his days of trouble, which is why when days of distress came, King David called upon the Lord to hear him.

I cannot guarantee you that a day of trouble will not visit your street, nor can I assure you that in a day of distress all your friends will support you, but I encourage you, when a day of trouble will come then you will CALL UPON THE LORD WITH ALL YOUR POWER (which you have left) and WITH ALL YOUR HEART (no matter how broken it will be).

Cry in prayer to the One Who is able to save because to Him belong all the power, wisdom, options, and people He can use to save and to exalt. Then come back to Him to praise His faithfulness and to share with His people about His mercy and mighty works for you in the day of your distress. And then “we will sing for joy over your victory, And in the name of our God we will set up our banners.”

May the Lord fulfill all your petitions!

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Ways that seem good and Ways that are good

June 30, 2020

Proverbs 16: 25-33

Just as there are two categories of angels: the FALLEN ONES, who have defiled themselves, and the HOLY ANGELS, who kept themselves flawless, so there are two ways: one, that gives the impression of being good but leads to death, and the other one which is worthy to be considered.

The devil is not so dark but he is odious as a fallen angel. The Bible speaks about deceitful ways which “introduce” themselves as good but by testing them you will find out (sometimes too late) that they lead to destruction and death. Here we can identify some “ways” that I do not recommend anyone to use if they love their souls and desire to enjoy long life.

“There are ways* that seem to be right, but their ends are the ways of death.” V.25 :

• * worthless / scoundrel person (v,27)

• * perverse / whisper person (v.28)

• * unjust gainer / violent person (v.29)

• * those who pretends not to see / those who bent on evil (v.30)

In all these, people have their own share of toil, but neither the soul nor the purity of the heart push them into these*, but carnal impulses and defiled minds.

Now let’s look upon the Worthy# “ways” that are good which lead to success and life. The “worthy” ways are those ways that lead to a life where achievements are present such as the milestones on the side of national roads.

 

The Bible states that, “Noble man makes honorable plans and he stands up for worthy causes.” :

#gray hair gained by living a godly life (v.31)

#slow to anger and a tempered spirit (v.32)

#entrust and recognize God’s fate for your life (v.33)

 

The sweat of those who work in purity is found on the hall of fame which leads to the gates of Life’ City.

 

 

Be the Thought of the Lord

June 29, 2020

“For I know the thoughts I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans of peace and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)

There are at least three ways in which God's thoughts can be discovered, understood, and known.

The first, can be through the inspiration and direct revelation given by the Holy Spirit. The thoughts of the Most High can be discovered at once. This is known among God’s people as PERSONAL GUIDANCE.

A second way might be through the reading and hearing God's Word. You begin to discover and understand God's thoughts as you read, hear, and deepen His Word. This way is also known as PERSONAL UNDERSTANDING.

The third way is by walking in PERSONAL GUIDANCE (received) and by fulfilling the Word of God through PERSONAL UNDERSTANDING. It takes time and devotion here. Your life (as Job, Joseph and David) lived by faith in God’s revelations and in obedience of His Word makes you an X-ray image of the Most High’s thoughts.

You will become God's thoughts easy-to-be-understand. God’s Spirit will help people through you to “read” and understand what God meant when He said, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you (men), thoughts of peace, and not of affliction, to give you a future and a hope.” He will set you as an example and as a message from Him to those around you wherever you are.

You first and then more and more people around you, will come to see and will comprehend God’s thoughts for mankind: thoughts of good and peace, "to give a future and a hope."

I encourage you to enjoy the grace received (to know and understand Lord’s mind), and to grow more and more in His grace. Continue to walk with Him and to be uses by His Spirit thus THROUGH YOU GOD WILL MAKE KNOWN HIS THOUGHTS OF HOPE AND PEACE.

May God’s hope and His peace be with you, always!

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Take the Poison Out

June 26, 2020

“Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness , so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes may have eternal life in Him." (John 3:14-15)

It seems that what defiles and kills people the most are the things from within. These things always are coming from outside (we weren’t born with them) and are settling inside until kill everything that is good and beauty.

Unfortunately, they do not stop here but continue their cycle of multiplication "going out" visiting other ears poisoning lives around them. The heavy and harshly words oppress, lies and deceptive words lead man astray, the disapproval and rejection isolate human being, and all these are drops of poison that "bite like rot in the bones."

 

They are as venomous snake's bites which poison the inside, gnawing human body, tearing down human relationships and obliterate a beautiful future. As long as we focus on them, we will keep this poison inside of us that will kill continuously. From the moment you look at Christ, you will not only begin to feel better, but you will be completely healed and save your life.

 

Faith in (turning your gaze to) the Lord Jesus will annihilate the bite of the serpent and the effect of the poison. Begin today to "take the poison" out of you by living and experiencing daily the abundant life that sprouts out through the Word of Life.

The Lord Be with You!

June 25, 2020

Acts 7:9-10

The story of Joseph is a story of life established in love and joy until God’s plan began to be someone’s dream.

Then misunderstandings, jealously, rejection, loneliness, treason, slavery, racism, pain, injustice, revenge, lies and false accusations, frustrations and confusion were the afflictions Joseph went through since was young enough.

“BUT GOD WAS WITH HIM”

Believing and following God’s dream/plan, long suffering, faithfulness, forgiveness, respect, faith, righteousness, repentance, being honest and trustworthy, wisdom, wealth, being saved and victorious, being used by God in “prisons” and in liberty, being exalted and overjoyed by God were Joseph’s blessings and inheritance of having God in his side.

That was Joseph’s life and when you experience something similar please remember that to us it was given the grace not only to go through difficulties because of our beliefs, nor even the target to inherit God’s blessings

BUT TO HAVE GOD WITH YOU IN ALL THIS.

Made Worthy and Empowered Together with Christ before God

June 24, 2020

Revelation 5

The angel of the Lord who showed apostle John the things of the Revelation’s book made known to him through the Spirit that after Jesus was found worthy, into Him was given the right to approach the One Who sat on the throne and to be handed over to him a scroll with writing on both sides and sealed with seven seals.

Jesus’ sacrifice of total obedience (until death) to the Father and the life He lived without sin "qualified" Him of being worthy to step before God’s throne and to be entrusted with the full right of what was to happen on Earth. Until then, the scroll sealed with 7 seals was in the right hand of God the Father.

 

After He was found worthy before heaven and earth, the Almighty entrusted Jesus the sealed scroll / verdicts to carry out the judgments of the Most High.

The recognition of Jesus as the eternal partaker of the throne of God was the first thing that is mentioned after the handing over of the sealed scroll.

Through His sacrifice, Jesus did not only receive the right to partner the eternal throne, but at the same time, He was acknowledged that He redeemed for God people whom He made them worthy to become priests of the Most Holy One and made the citizens of the Kingdom of the Most High.

When Jesus was made worthy, He made us worthy, too. When He was exalted, He exalted us, as well; and these are strong evidences of our Saviour’ love and altruism.

As it is written in verse 3, so let us say every day that no one else - "neither in heaven, nor on earth, nor under the earth" - is worthy to receive what we offer to Jesus: all that we are and have, our worship, honor, glory, power and praise.

COME!

June 23, 2020

“At the hour of the supper, he sent his servant to say to those having been invited, 'Come’” (Luke 14:17)

When heaven seems hard to reach, check your feet to have not sunk in the mud on the street; there the souls of many believers who have lost their power were trampled. "You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its taste, how will it regain its power to jump again? Then it's good for nothing but being thrown out and trampled on by people. " Think for a moment of His sorrow at seeing those created and redeemed by Him being rejected and trampled on; then you will discern more clearly the voice that says "COME!"

 

That is why you should come every night to the upper room where the Savior is waiting for you with the basin and a towel to cleanse you from the dust of walking in this world. Do not look about how much or how little dust or mud is on your feet, because all who enter into His presence they come to be cleansed, not to be checked out. We get the "token of welcome" when we accept His call: COME!

 

Don't say like Peter, "You will never wash my feet!" For if He does not cleanse you, the filth of the world and your palsy will continue to stick with you. Allow Him to cleanse you because "unless I wash you, you have no part with Me." COME, there you will meet His disciples who cannot rest overnight until they experience the humble and the graceful touch of their Lord. COME, there, in His presence you will enjoy the best supper and the words of life full of grace and truth: “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before My suffering.” Having communion with Him will be a time of joy, not only because He took your punishment and suffering, not only because He cleansed you and now you can sit at table with His chosen ones, but because you have left the world with its dust and mud of the streets and you came to partner with Him. That is why He came into the world and that is why He calls you to COME to Him, so that you may partner with Him. And when depart from His presence to your daily business, do not forget what He has done to you and how in His mercy and love He has received you and wants you His presence to be your daily portion / heaven’s dew. COME, you are expected by Him and those who are His. Meet Him every day and one day heaven will be so close to you that you will be able to touch Him with your hand. It will happen to you as well (as His chosen ones experienced); “Enoch walked in close fellowship with God; then he was no more, because God took him away (to heaven).”

 

And there, in heaven, we will always be with Him…. And this is because one day we chose not to be full of dust and mud but we chose to listen to the call that came from heaven which said: "COME".

 

Until then, He is willing to cleanse us and invites us to sit with Him (and with His people); so, COME!

PRAYERS for THE FULL MEASURE of THE BLESSING

June 22, 2020

Romans 15:25-33

        Studying human nature, we see that people want to be blessed, but by furthering God's character we can observe that He plans for us to be fully blessed. The Spirit Himself makes us know that “the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, has blessed us with (πάσῃ) all spiritual blessing.” (Ephessians.1:3)

There are people who cannot use their hands, feet, eyes, or their kidneys. So, those who have an eye, a hand, a foot or a kidney functioning they can enjoy a great help. Fortunately, there are many people who are able to enjoy the full measure of the blessing every day, as God has intended for man since the creation (by having both eyes, both hands, both feet, and both kidneys fully supportive).

         Likewise, the apostle Paul rejoiced when he saw that the brethren of the faith could experience the full measure of the blessing. He asked everyone to pray (4 things) so that when, by the will of God, he could reach their midst, they could be fully blessed by the work and by the help of God through him. “I know that when I come to you, I will come in the full measure of the blessing of Christ. (Therefore), I urge you, brothers and sisters, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to join me in my struggle by praying to God for me. Pray (1) that I may be kept safe from the unbelievers in Judea and (2) that the contribution I take to Jerusalem may be favorably received by the Lord's people there, so (3) that I may come to you with joy, by God's will, and (4) that we will be an encouragement to each other.” (Romans 15:29-32)

           This is my prayer to God for all of you that you may be saved from all, that your service may be well received, that we may reach one another with joy, and by the will of God that we may be refreshed together through the full measure of God’s blessing.

             In addition, I add the exhortation and desire for each one of you to fight with me in your prayers to God so that we may experience all these as soon as possible.

And the God of peace be with all of you! Amen.

 

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January 23, 2018

Raining, Freezing & Snowing

 

"For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth,
making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater,
so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it." (Isaiah 55: 10, 11)

                  Rain, freeze and snow belong to winter time. Skaters are praying for freeze but not the drivers. Children are praying for snow, but shovelers are pleased with less snow.
            From the beginning (the first 2000 years of human kind on Earth) till the Noah's flood, nobody prayed or complained rain, freeze or snow. Could that be one of the reasons why the people back then used to lived 800 - 956 years??? Of course not!

 

 

January 8, 2018

Past, Present and Future

"Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever." (Hebrews 13:8)
 

Weather changes, things around us are changing, even people does it, but

Christ remains the same as He was yesterday, as He is today and the same He'll be forever.

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How Great Is Our God/How Great Thou Art (Live)- Chris Tomlin