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

Amor Uno Por El Otro

“En esto hemos conocido el amor, en que él puso su vida por nosotros; también nosotros debemos poner nuestras vidas por los hermanos.” (1 Juan 3:16 RVR1960)


Queridos hermanos y hermanas en Cristo, vivimos en el tiempo en que la persecución de Cristianos será legalizado. Nos encontramos en tiempos en que a la lo bueno se le llama, “malo” y es condenado, y a lo la maldad se le llama, “bueno”, y aplaudido. Seremos perseguidos por nuestra fe en Jesucristo quien es todo lo que es bueno y puro. Siendo, El, nuestro ejemplo de lo que es el verdadero amor, nos dio el ejemplo que debemos seguir. Jesus, conmovido por amor a Su Padre y por amor a nosotros, dio Su vida para rescatarnos de la muerte.  
Ahora, la pregunta es, ¿amamos a Dios y nos amamos los unos a los otros de manera que estamos listos y dispuestas a dar nuestras vidas los unos por los otros? Pronto llegara el día en que tendremos que hacer esa decisión, ¿que hará usted?

  • ¿Cómo nos prepararemos para cuando ese de día venga?
  • ¿Con quién compartiremos lo que hemos aprendido en el Verso de hoy?
  • ¿Con quién compartiremos el amor de Jesus, el día de hoy? 

¡Dios les bendiga, amigos!

¡Clavados!

“Pero los que son de Cristo han crucificado la carne con sus pasiones y deseos.” (Gálatas 5:25)

Este verso es un gran recordatorio a todos los que nos llamamos Cristianos, de lo que es ser un verdadero Cristiano, y el compromiso que hemos hecho con nuestro Señor Jesus. De esto es lo que nos recuerda este verso:

  1. “Pero los que son de Cristo…” – estos son los que han puesto toda su fe y confianza en el hecho de que Jesus es el Mesías, Dios encarnado, quien vino al mundo a morir en una cruz para el perdón de nuestros pecados y darnos, así, la oportunidad de asegurar la vida eterna con El (Juan 3:16); que Jesus, quien nunca peco, tomo nuestros pecados como si fueran Suyos, y sufrió la medida completa de la ira de Dios por nuestros pecados para darnos la oportunidad de pasar la eternidad en el cielo con El (2 Pedro 2:24).
  2. “han crucificado la carne con sus pasiones y deseos.” – hemos hecho una decision consciente de clavar, de matar, nuestras pasiones y deseos por las cosas de este mundo y elegido vivir para cumplir las pasiones y deseos de Jesucristo, Señor nuestro (2 Corintios 5:15).

Debemos recordar que Jesus quiere seguir viviendo Su vida aquí en ella tierra por medio de nosotros.  Dios, por medio del Apóstol, Pablo, nos lo dice de esta manera:

“Con Cristo estoy juntamente crucificado, y ya no vivo yo, mas vive Cristo en mí; y lo que ahora vivo en la carne, lo vivo en la fe del Hijo de Dios, el cual me amó y se entregó a sí mismo por mí (Gálatas 2:20).”

Queridos, Jesus quiere revelarse al mundo por medio de nosotros para que el mundo que nos rodea, y mas allá, crean en El y también tengan la seguridad de su salvación, así como nosotros la tenemos.  La pasión y deseo de Jesucristo es que ninguno se valla al infierno:

“El Señor no retarda su promesa, según algunos la tienen por tardanza, sino que es paciente para con nosotros, no queriendo que ninguno perezca, sino que todos procedan al arrepentimiento (2 Pedro 3:9).”

Las pasiones y deseos de Jesus deben convertirse en nuestras pasiones y deseos, y debemos hacer la decision consciente de clavar nuestras pasiones y deseo por las cosas de este mundo en la cruz de Jesus, y vivir solo para hacer Su voluntad.  ¿Puede decir, usted, “¡Clavadas!”?

Entonces,

  • ¿ha clavado sus pasiones y deseos a la cruz de Jesus?
  • ¿Como obedecera las Escrituras de hoy?
  • ¿Con quien compartira las Escrituras de hoy?
  • ¿Con quien compartira las historia de su salvación y la historia de lo que Jesus hizo por usted en la cruz?

***Si usted nos es creyente y quiere serlo, mándeme un mensaje privado y hablemos.  Espero que lo haga.***

En el amor de Cristo’

Phil

Nailed Them!

“Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.” (Galatians 5:24)

This verse is a great reminder for those of us who call ourselves Christians as to what it means to be a Christian and the commitment we made with Jesus.  Here’s what this verse is reminding us of:

  1. “Now those who belong to Christ Jesus…” – these are the ones who have put their full faith and confidence in the fact that Jesus is the Messiah, God incarnate, who came to die on a cross for the forgiveness of our sin and give us eternal life (John 3:16-17); that Jesus, who did not sin, took our sins as if there were His very own and suffered the full measure of God’s wrath for them in order to give us the opportunity to spend eternity in heaven (1 Peter 2:24).
  2. “have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.” – we have made the conscious decision to nail, to kill, our passion and desire for the things of this world and chosen to live for and and accomplish Jesus’ passion and desire.

We must remember that Jesus wants to continue living His life here, on earth, through us.  God, through the Apostle Paul, says it it this way:

“and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me (Galatians 2:20).”

Folks, Jesus wants to reveal Himself to the world through us so that the world that surrounds us will believe in Him and have the assurance of eternal life, just like we do.  Jesus passion was for the lost and his ultimate desire was for not one to go to hell:

“The Lord does not delay His promise, as some understand delay, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish but all to come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9).”

His passions and desires must become ours and to achieve that, we must make a conscious decision to nail our passions and desires for the things of this world to the cross of Christ, and to live only for His will.

So,

  • have you nailed nailed your passions and desires to Jesus’ cross?
  • How will you obey today’s Scriptures?
  • With whom will your share today’s Scriptures?
  • With whom will you share the story of your salvation and the story of Jesus did for you on there cross?

***If you’re not a Christian and want to be assured of your place in heaven for all eternity, private message me and let’s talk about it. I really hope you will.***

In Christ’s love,

phil

 

Integridad

“Camina en su integridad el justo;
Sus hijos son dichosos después de él.” (Proverbios 20:7)

La palabra, “Integridad”, parece ser una palabra del pasado que no se aplica a la sociedad de hoy, o en la religion.  La integridad no se enseña en los hogares, escuelas, o en iglesias, por lo tanto, estamos viendo una decaída y putrefacción de nuestra sociedad a un paso alarmante.  Uno solo tiene que ver las noticias locales y mundiales para ver que mentir, estafar, robar, deshonestidad, y asesinato a fin de avanzar en el mundo, son aceptables, aun en la iglesia.  Es por eso que el mundo se esta volviendo mas, y mas caótico, y violento todos los días.  Nuestros hijos y nietos están sufriendo, y seguirán sufriendo, por nuestro odio a la integridad.

Sin embargo, en el verso de hoy, Dios, por medio del Apostol, Pablo, nos enseña lo que es la integridad, como se ve en realidad, y sus beneficios:

  1. “Camina en su integridad el justo;” – esta es una persona que vive para complacer a Dios y para hacer lo justo ante el hombre, de acuerdo con los principios De Dios, sin importarle lo que le cueste.  Esta es la persona que hace lo que recto de acuerdo con los principios de Dios en privado, así como en publico.  Su vida privada es igual de integra que su vida publica.
  2. “Sus hijos son dichosos después de él.” – este es el beneficio de vivir en integridad.  Nuestros hijos y nietos aprenderán de nosotros como vivir en integridad y si siguen nuestro ejemplo, cosecharan los beneficios terrenales, así como los beneficios eternales.

Como Cristianos, debemos vivir comprometidos a la integridad así como lo hizo Jesucristo, sin importarnos lo que nos cueste.  Pero, ¿como podemos lograrlo?  Creo que Dios, por medio del Apóstol, Pablo, nos contesta la pregunta:

“Con Cristo estoy juntamente crucificado, y ya no vivo yo, mas vive Cristo en mí; y lo que ahora vivo en la carne, lo vivo en la fe del Hijo de Dios, el cual me amó y se entregó a sí mismo por mí.” (Gálatas 2:20)

Para mas información sobre como vivir en integridad como Jesus lo hizo, acuda a la Biblia.  Lea y estudia todos los días, sin falta, y Dios so lo revelara.  ¡Si! Así de simple es.

Entonces,

  • ¿como obedecera las Escrituras de hoy?
  • ¿Con quien compartira las Escrituras de hoy?
  • Con quien compartira la historia de su salvación y lo que Jesus hizo por usted?

En el amor de Cristo,

Phil

Integrity

“The one who lives with integrity is righteous; his children who come after him will be happy.” (Proverbs 20:7)

Integrity seems to be a word of the past, an ancient word that does not apply to in today’s society, or in religion.  Integrity is not taught in our homes, schools, nor in our churches, therefore we are seeing a rapid decline and decay happening in our society.  One has to but watch the news to see that lying, cheating, stealing, dishonesty, and murder as a means by which we get ahead in life seems to be the acceptable way to do things today. Because of that, society is beginning to get more and more chaotic and violent than ever.  Our children and grandchildren are suffering and are going to continue to suffer because of our hatred of integrity.

In today’s verse, God teaches us what integrity is and what it looks like in everyday living, and its benefits:

  1. “The one who lives with integrity is righteous;” – this is a person who lives to please God and do right by his fellow man, according to God’s standards, no matter the cost.  This is a person who does what is right according to God’s standards and principles in private, as well as in public.  
  2. “his children who come after him will be happy.” – this is the benefit of living a life of integrity.  Our children and grandchildren will learn from us how to live a life of integrity, follow our example, and reap the earthly and eternal benefits of it.

As Christians, we must live a life committed to integrity just as Jesus did, no matter what it costs us.  But how can we accomplish that?  I think God, through the Apostle Paul, answers that question for us:

 “and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20)

For more information on how to know Jesus and how to live as He lived, read and study the Bible every day and do what it says.  Yep, its that simple!

So,

  • how will you obey today’s Scriptures?
  • Which 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 on the cross?

In Christ’s love,

Phil

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