The Unimaginable

“But as it is written: What eye did not see and ear did not heard and what never entered the human mind — God prepared this for those who love Him.”  (1 Corinthians 2:9)

There are things that God has reserved to reveal only to those who choose to love and obey Him, those who choose to love and put the totality of their faith and confidence in Him in such a way that they strive to live in immediate, radical, and costly obedience to His commands.  These are things that transcend the human’s limited ability to think of, or speak of.  Only God’s Spirit within us can reveal and make clear God’s revelation to us, and give us the ability to communicate them to others.

God, through the Apostle, Paul, tells us,

 “But the unbeliever does not welcome what comes from God’s Spirit, because it is foolishness to him; he is not able to understand it since it is evaluated spiritually (1Corinthians 2:14).”

Before God can reveal anything to us, we must enter into a personal relationship with Him, a spiritual connection with Him through the Holy Spirit.  There is no other way for us to connect with God, because He is Spirit – the Holy Spirit.

In 1 John 2:27, God tells us,

“The anointing you received from Him remains in you, and you don’t need anyone to teach you. Instead, His anointing teaches you about all things and is true and is not a lie; just as He has taught you, remain in Him.” 

would you like to enter into a relationship with God and understand Him more and more?  Here’s how He says you can do it:

  1. Recognize that you’re a sinner and thank Him for sending Jesus, His only Son, to die on the cross in order to pay the ultimate price for your sin (Romans 3:23; Romans 5:8) and raising Him from the dead in order to give you eternal life (John 3:16-18; Ephesians 1:13-14).
  2. Tell Him that, at this moment, you willfully and intentionally choose to stop living your life in rebellion against Him and choose to start living your life as His disciple; that you commit to seeking Him, every day; following Him, every day; and that you will strive live in immediate, radical, costly obedience to Him and only Him, no matter the cost – even if it costs you your life (2 Corinthians 5:15; Romans 10:9-10). Then, do it.
    This is the only way you can become God’s child (John 1:12) and experience the fullness of His love, goodness, joy, peace and perfect care. Do this right now!

If you did this, God is so happy with you and wants to start working in your life and through your life. Please send me a message letting me know that you did it so that I can pray for you as you begin a new life in Christ.

Now, wouldn’t it be a great thing for your family, loved ones and friends to have the peace, joy, love and security you now have?! Go tell them, right now, why you chose to follow Jesus. Let me know how it goes.

***If you have any questions, o need help, please send me a private message and let’s talk.***

In Christ’s love,

Phil

Bendiciones

“Bendito el varón que confía en Jehová, y cuya confianza es Jehová. Porque será como el árbol plantado junto a las aguas, que junto a la corriente echará sus raíces, y no verá cuando viene el calor, sino que su hoja estará verde; y en el año de sequía no se fatigará, ni dejará de dar fruto.” (Jeremías 17:7-8)

Que hermosa la description que dios nos da de como es que Dios bendice a la gente, y por que.  Hay tantas doctrinas falsas flotando por ahi que tiene a la gente confusa y desilusionada con Dios.  En las Escrituras de hoy, Dios nos deja saber claramente que es lo que se necesita para recibir la bendición de dios, y el propósito de Su bendición.

  1. “Bendito el varón que confía en Jehová, y cuya confianza es Jehová.” – esta es la persona quien ha puesto la totalidad de su fe y confianza solamente en Dios por Su provision, el que confía en Dios de tal manera que vive en inmediata, radical, y costosa obediencia a los mandatos de Dios.  Esta es la persona a quien Dios desea bendecir y usar para la obra de Su reino.  Fe requiere obediencia
  2. “Porque será como el árbol plantado junto a las aguas,” – hay grandes beneficios en ser plantados junto a un arroyo, o rio.  La mayor bendición de estas es la vida.  El agua representa la vida, ya que sin aqua no podemos vivir.  Dios es nuestra vida porque El nos permitió nacer, y El nos mantiene vivos para que pongamos nuestra fe y confianza en el a fin de que tengamos vida eterna (Isaías 43:11).  Dios proveyó la vida eterna por medio de Su Hijo, Jesucristo.  Jesus sufrió las consecuencias por nuestros pecados, dándonos, de esa manera, la oportunidad de recibir la vida eterna por medio de la fe en es ese gran acto de amor para con nosotros (Juan 3:16-18).   
  3. “y no verá cuando viene el calor, sino que su hoja estará verde;” – ese árbol, usted y yo, nunca mas tendremos que preocuparnos cuando vengan los tiempos difíciles porque sabemos que Dios estará ahi para suplir todas nuestras necesidades. Escuchen bien; Dios suplirá nuestras necesidades, no nuestros deseos, o placeres, a menos que se alineen con Su voluntad y propósito.  No sean engañados por la falsa “doctrina de la prosperidad”.  No abra nada que le pueda robar su gozo y nuestras “hojas” permanecerán verdes, siempre.
  4. “y en el año de sequía no se fatigará, ni dejará de dar fruto.” – aun cuando los tiempos difíciles vengan, Dios podrá seguir usándonos para la obra de Su reino.  El sera nuestra fuente de agua que nos dará vida y aliento para seguir adelante.  El demostrara su poder y autoridad sobre todas las dificultades y nos permitirá seguir dando fruto para Su reino.  pero esto solo puede pasar si ponemos la totalidad de nuestra fe en El y vivimos para servirle a El., y solo a El.

El fruto que producimos para el reino de Dios es nuestra bendición.  Es una bendición tener la vida eterna; es una gran bendición dirigir a otras a la vida eterna por medio de la fe en Cristo Jesus; pero, es una mayor bendición entrenarlos a que empiecen grupos de familias espirituales, o, grupos de creyentes, también.

¿Ha puesto la totalidad de su fe y confianza en Dios?  ¿Desea la bendición de Dios?  Lo siguiente le explicara como es que dios dice que la puede empezar a recibir:

1. Reconozca que es pecador/pecadora y dele gracias a Dios por haber mando a Su Único Hijo, Jesus, a pagar el penal máximo para el perdón de sus pecados (de usted) y por resucitar de entre los muertos para darle, a usted, vida eterna (Juan 3:16-18; Romanos 3:23; Romanos 5:8; Efesios 1:13-14).
2. Pídale perdón por sus pecados de todo corazón, y El le perdonará (1 Juan 1:9).
3. Dígale que, en este momento, usted intencional y voluntariamente elige dejar de vivir en rebelión contra El y empieza una vida nueva siendo discípulo de El; que se compromete a amarlo, todos los días; a buscarlo, todos los días; a seguirlo, todos los días; y vivir en inmediata, radical y costosa obediencia a El, y solo a El, cueste lo que le cueste, aunque le cueste la vida (Romanos 10:9-10; Lucas 14:25-27). Luego, ¡hágalo!
Esta es la única manera de convertirse en hijo/hija de Dios (Juan 1:12) y de experimentar la saciedad de Su bondad, amor, gozo, felicidad, paz y perfecto cuidado de ti. ¡Hazlo ahora mismo!

Si lo hizo, Dios está extremamente feliz con usted y quiere empezar, en este instante, a hacer grandes cosas en usted y por medio de usted. Por favor, mándeme un mensaje privado y déjeme saber que hizo la decisión de seguir a Cristo para poder orar por usted y su nueva vida en Cristo. Gracias.

***Si tiene alguna pregunta, o necesita ayuda, mándeme un mensaje y hablemos de ello.***

En el amor de Cristo,

Phil

Blessings

“The man who trusts in the Lord,
whose confidence indeed is the Lord, is blessed.
He will be like a tree planted by water:
it sends its roots out toward a stream,
it doesn’t fear when heat comes,
and its foliage remains green.
It will not worry in a year of drought
or cease producing fruit.”  (Jeremiah 17:7-8)

What a great word picture of how God blesses people and why.  There are so many false doctrines going around out there that have left so many people confused and disillusioned with God.  In today’s Scriptures, God makes it very clear what it takes to be blessed by God, what what it looks like to be blessed by God, and the purpose for his blessings.

  1. “The man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence indeed is the Lord, is blessed.” – this is the person who has placed the entirety of their faith and confidence solely in God for His provision, the one who trusts in God in such a way that he lives in immediate, radical and costly obedience to God’s commands. This is the one who God desires to bless and use for His kingdom work.  Faith requieres obedience.
  2. “He will be like a tree planted by water:” – there are great benefits to being planted by a stream or river of water, the best of which is life.  Water represents life because one cannot live without water.  God is our life because He allowed us to be born. He is keeping us alive so that we can put our faith and confidence in Him, so that He can give us eternal life (Isaiah 43:11).  God provided for our eternal life through His Son, Jesus. He sent Jesus to suffer the consequences for our sins, thus giving us the opportunity for eternal life through faith in His act of love towards us (John 3:16-18).
  3. “it doesn’t fear when heat comes, and its foliage remains green.” – that tree, you and I, will no longer have to fear any hardships or struggles that come our way in our lives because we know that God is going to be there to supply our every need.  Listen carefully; He will supply our every need, not our wants and desires, unless they align with His wants and desires. Do not be fooled by the false prophets of the “prosperity gospel”. Nothing will be able to steal our joy. Our leaves will remain green, always. 
  4. “It will not worry in a year of drought or cease producing fruit.” – God’s power and authority over all things will be displayed through all who put their faith and confidence in Him, in that, even though hard times come, they will still be able to be used by God in His kingdom work. We will still be able to produce fruit, even during hard times.  But only if we put the entirety of our faith and confidence in God and live solely in His service.  

The fruit the we produce for God’s kingdom is our blessing.  It is a great blessing to have eternal life, it is a greater blessing to lead others to eternal life through faith in Christ, and it is an even greater blessing to teach others to start spiritual families, or groups of believers. There are no greater blessings in life than these.

Have you put the entirety of your faith and confidence in God?  Do you want to be blessed by God?  Here’s how He says you can receive His blessing:

1. Recognize that you’re a sinner and thank Him for sending Jesus, His only Son, to die on the cross in order to pay the ultimate price for your sin (Romans 3:23; Romans 5:8) and raising Him from the dead in order to give you eternal life (John 3:16-18; Ephesians 1:13-14).
2. Tell Him that, at this moment, you willfully and intentionally choose to stop living your life in rebellion against Him and choose to start living your life as His disciple; that you commit to seeking Him, every day; following Him, every day; and that you will strive live in immediate, radical, costly obedience to Him and only Him, no matter the cost – even if it costs you your life (2 Corinthians 5:15; Romans 10:9-10). Then, do it.
This is the only way you can become God’s child (John 1:12) and experience the fullness of His love, goodness, joy, peace and perfect care. Do this right now!

If you did this, God is so happy with you and wants to start working in your life and through your life. Please send me a message letting me know that you did it so that I can pray for you as you begin a new life in Christ.

***Please send me a private message if you have any questions or if I can help you through this. I pray you will do it.***

In Christ’s love,

Phil

“Test Me”

“Bring the full tenth into the storehouse so that there may be food in My house. “Test Me in this way,” says the Lord of Hosts. “See if I will not open the floodgates of heaven and pour out a blessing for you without measure.”” (Malachi 3:10)

 

God demands the full tithe from those who belong to Him, otherwise it would be robbery  (Malachi 3:7-8).  How dare we rob God of what rightfully belongs to Him! Giving Him anything less than the full tithe is partial service, which He does not accept.  Giving to God what belongs to Him is, and should be for us, one of the greatest acts of worship we can offer Him.  It is an act of profound gratitude towards Him for all that He has done and provided for us.

The food brought to the temple was brought to a special storeroom in the temple, and was meant only for those who were in charge of the duties in the temple, not for all the people.  These were men who were consecrated to do nothing else but work for God, in the temple.

God was challenging the people to “test Him”, to be obedient to His command (give their full tithe) and see if He didn’t reward their obedience by removing the drought they were in and showering them with widespread, heavenly superabundance, immeasurable abundance.

So, then, are you a thief, or will you have faith in God and accept His challenge?

  • How will you obey today’s Scriptures?
  • With whom will you share today’s Scriptures?
  • With whom will you share your salvation story and the story of what Jesus did for you?

In Christ’s love,

Phil

¡Címbalo que retiñe!

“Si yo hablase lenguas humanas y angélicas, y no tengo amor, vengo a ser como metal que resuena, o címbalo que retiñe.” (1 corintios 13:1)

El Apóstol, Pablo, de ninguna manera esta sugiriendo, ni implicando, que Dios le haya dado a los ángeles un idioma propio que los seres humanos debemos tratar de obtener, o aprender, ni que el obtener ese idioma es un símbolo de una espiritualidad mas profunda, como algunos creen.  Asta este punto, el enfoque de Pablo es la supremacy del amor sobre el adquirir un idioma nuevo.

La lección que Dios nos enseña es que, aunque pudiéramos hablar muchos idiomas, todos sonarían como un pedazo de metal que resuena, o címbalos que retiñe, cuando los golpeas con otro objeto duro, sonidos sin sentido que no les hace bien a nadie.  Por otro lado, el amor es un idioma universal que no necesita palabras.  El amor es expresado por acciones que todas las naciones y grupos de personas pueden entender.  Todo acto de caridad motivado por amor es entendido por todas las naciones e idiomas.  No necesitamos palabras para expresar el amor de Cristo a otros.

Jesus nos dice que que hay dos mandamientos mayores,

“Jesús le dijo: ‘Amarás al Señor tu Dios con todo tu corazón, y con toda tu alma, y con toda tu mente. Este es el primero y grande mandamiento. Y el segundo es semejante: Amarás a tu prójimo como a ti mismo.'” (Mateo 22:37-39)

¡Lo ven?! Amemos a Dios, primero, y amemos a otros como a nosotros mismos, Cristianos y no Cristianos al igual.  Los dos mandamientos mas importantes que Jesus nos dio.  Pero, Jesus también nos hablo a los Cristianos directamente, dándonos un mandamiento especifico,

 “Un mandamiento nuevo os doy: Que os améis unos a otros; como yo os he amado, que también os améis unos a otros. En esto conocerán todos que sois mis discípulos, si tuviereis amor los unos con los otros (Juan 13:34-35).”

Amor es hacer una decision consciente de ser intencional en suple las necesidades espirituales, físicas, emocionales, material, y financieras de otros sin esperar nada de vuelta.  Las palabras, “Te amo”, no significan nada si no hay acciones que lo comprueban.   Por lo tanto, las acciones hablan mas alto que las palabras.  Hagan tiempo, cada día, de amar a Dios, y amar a otros.  Es bueno para el alma.

Entonces,

  • ¿sus palabras son un címbalos que retiñe, o les esta poniendo acciones?
  • ¿Como obedecía las Escrituras de hoy?
  • ¿Con quien compartira las Escrituras de hoy?
  • ¿Con quien compartira la historia de su salvación y la historia de lo que Jesus hizo por usted?

En el amor de Cristo,

Phil

 

A Clanging Cymbal

“If I speak human or angelic languages
but do not have love,
I am a sounding gong or a clanging cymbal.” (1 Corinthians 13:1)

The Apostle, Paul, is in no way suggesting, or implying, that there is a specific language that God has given angels that we humans are to try to attain, nor that attaining the angelic language would be a sign of a deeper spirituality, as some would have us believe. At this point, the Apostle, Paul’s main focus is the supremacy of love over all things, including acquiring new languages.

The lesson that God teaches us is that, even if we could speak many different languages, they would sound like a gong, or cymbal, they would not be recognizable, nor do anyone any good.  Love, on the other hand, is a universal language for which no words are needed.  Love is expressed by actions that all people groups around the world can understand.  All acts of kindness motivated by love are understood by all nations and languages.  We don’t need words to demonstrate the love of Jesus to anyone.

Jesus tells us that there are two major commandments,

“He said to him, Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and most important command. The second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself (Matthew 22:37-39).”

Do you see it?! Love God first, and love others, Christians and non-Christians alike. The two most important commandments Jesus gave us.  But Jesus also talked directly to us Christians and gave us a specific command,

“I give you a new command: Love one another. Just as I have loved you, you must also love one another. By this all people will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another (John 13:34-35).”

Love is making the conscious decision to be intentional in supplying the spiritual, physical, emotional, material, and financial needs of others, without expecting anything in return.  The words, “I love you”, mean nothing without actions that prove them.  Therefore, actions speak louder than words.  Make time, today, to love God and love others. It’s good for the soul.

So, then,

  • are your words a “clanging cymbal”, or are you putting action to them?
  • How will you obey today’s Scriptures?
  • With whom will you share today’s Scriptures?
  • With whom will you share the story of your salvation and the story of what Jesus did for you, today?

In Christ’s love,

Phil

Be Immovable

“Therefore, my dear brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the Lord’s work, knowing that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” (‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭15‬:‭58‬ HCSB)


The message here is simple, folks. God, through the Apostle Paul, is telling us that we need to get up off our comfortable, temple pews, get out of our temples, and get to work! Jesus gave all Christians a command:

“Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age (Matthew‬ ‭28:19-20‬ ‭HCSB‬‬).”

Jesus also said:

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come on you, and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth (Acts‬ ‭1:8‬ ‭HCSB‬‬).”

What this means is get up, get out and start making disciples and teaching them to make multiply themselves in others. It’s about rapid multiplication, not occasional addition.  

So, you say you would like to do this, but don’t know how? If you’re serious, check this website out: http://www.zumeproject.com 
So then, 

  • how will you obey today’s Scriptures?
  • With whom will you share today’s Scriptures?
  • With whom will you share your story (testimony) and Jesus’ story, today?

If we are disciples of Christ, we must be fruitful (John 15:8) and multiply (2 Timothy 2:2). This is not an option, it’s a command.

In Christ’s love,

Phil

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