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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

How Much is Too Much?

“Better a little with the fear of the Lord
than great treasure with turmoil.” (Proverbs 15:16)

One of the richest men in the world was once asked, “How much is too much?”, to which he responded, “Just a little bit more, just a little bit more!”  This is a man who has put all his faith and confidence in money, that money is his god and provider, that money is his peace and security.  But, does he really live in peace and security with his massive wealth?  I don’t think so!  I would imagine that he gets very little sleep at night because he fears the thieves in the world, he fears loosing it all, which today can happen in an instant!

It appears to me that in the last decade, or two, that Jesus’ church has become more dependent of money than on God who owns all the silver and gold ((Haggai 2:8), and everything that is in the world (Psalms 24:1).  It seems as if the church is spending more and more on property and buildings than on it’s people.  Pastors and church leaders are more focused on growing their own kingdoms and empires (legacies), than God’s kingdom, here on earth.  They are buying up huge pieces of land and building huge castles (temples) while their subjects are hungry, thirsty, sick, dying, in jail, and homeless all around them.

Have we forgotten, church, what Jesus taught us in Matthew 6:19-20)?  In case we have forgotten, here is what He said,

 “Don’t collect for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal. But collect for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves don’t break in and steal.”

If we are Christians, our treasure should be our heavenly inheritance. We are co-heirs of God’s kingdom along with Christ (Romans 8:17).  Can there be anything better than God’s kingdom here on earth?  I think not!

When, as a church, we’re focused on the local and global mission God has called and commissioned all churches to do (Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 1:8), He will provide everything we need to accomplish His will.  God’s priority is that not a single person 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).”

God, through the Apostle Paul, gives us a warning to keep focused on the right thing,

“But those who want to be rich fall into temptation, a trap, and many foolish and harmful desires, which plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, and by craving it, some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pains.”

I believe that passage of Scripture speaks to believers as a congregation, and as individuals.  We must not fall into this trap, church, because it is one of the many distractions Satan uses to get the church off mission.

Folks, the Bible does not speak against buying property and building temples as long as they’re being as long as it is done with the right motivation and for God’s plan.  We must remember that God knows everything about us. Yes, even our motives.   Proverbs 16:2 says:

“All a man’s ways seem right to him,
but the Lord evaluates the motives.”

So then, church, we must not allow our enemy to refocus our attention!  We must stay on mission with God!

How, then,

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

In Christ’s love,

Phil

“Se Quien Eres”

 “Pero había en la sinagoga de ellos un hombre con espíritu inmundo, que dio voces, diciendo: !!Ah! ¿qué tienes con nosotros, Jesús nazareno? ¿Has venido para destruirnos? Sé quién eres, el Santo de Dios.” (Marcos 1:23-24)

¿Conoce, usted, de Jesus, o, lo conoce personalmente?  Hay una gran diferencia entre conocer de Jesus, y conocer a Jesus de una manera personal.  Así como los demonios en el pasaje de hoy, hay demasiados Cristianos que conocen mucho sobre Jesus, pero no tienen una relación personal con el.  De verdad no lo conocen.  Los podemos reconocer por sus frutos.  Hacen muchas cosas buenas dentro de las cuatro parades de sus templos hechos de manos de hombres, pero cuando sales de ahi, son igualitos que el mundo enfocándose en convertirse mas y mas como el mundo, en vez de seguir a Jesucristo.  En Mateo 7:15-20, Jesus dijo:

“Guardaos de los falsos profetas, que vienen a vosotros con vestidos de ovejas, pero por dentro son lobos rapaces. Por sus frutos los conoceréis. ¿Acaso se recogen uvas de los espinos, o higos de los abrojos? Así, todo buen árbol da buenos frutos, pero el árbol malo da frutos malos. No puede el buen árbol dar malos frutos, ni el árbol malo dar frutos buenos. Todo árbol que no da buen fruto, es cortado y echado en el fuego. Así que, por sus frutos los conoceréis.”

Jesus nos dice como es que podemos identificar a aquellos que de verdad lo conocen y tienen una relación personal con El.  Eso es muy importante para todos aquellos que nos decimos ser Cristianos y nos advierte fuertemente, así que pongamos atención:

No todo el que me dice: Señor, Señor, entrará en el reino de los cielos, sino el que hace la voluntad de mi Padre que está en los cielos. Muchos me dirán en aquel día: Señor, Señor, ¿no profetizamos en tu nombre, y en tu nombre echamos fuera demonios, y en tu nombre hicimos muchos milagros? Y entonces les declararé: Nunca os conocí; apartaos de mí, hacedores de maldad (Mateo 7:21-23).”

Ask que, Cristianos, ¿conocemos de Jesucristo, o conocemos y tenemos una relación personal con El? Si ha descubierto que no tiene una relación personal con Jesucristo que la quiere, lo siguiente le explica como es que Dios dice que la puede tener:

  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 escoge 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 contigo y quiere empezar, en este instante, a hacer grandes cosas en ti y por medio de ti. Por favor, mándame un mensaje privado y dime que hiciste la decisión de seguir a Cristo para poder orar por ti y tu nueva vida.

En clamor de Cristo,

Phil

“I Know Who You Are!”

“Just then a man with an unclean spirit was in their synagogue. He cried out, ‘What do you have to do with us Jesus – Nazarene? Have You come to destroy us? I know who You are – the Holy One of God!'” (Mark 1:23-24)

Do you know about Jesus, or do you know Him?  There is a big difference in knowing about Jesus and knowing Jesus, personally.  Just like the demons in today’s passage, there are too many Christians out there who know all about Jesus and who He is, but don’t have a personal relationship with Him. They don’t truly know Him.  You can recognize them by their fruit.  They do all kinds of good work within the four walls of their gathering places, but once they leave, they’re just like the rest of the world, focused on becoming more like the world, than following Jesus.  Jesus said,

“Beware of false prophets who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravaging wolves. You’ll recognize them by their fruit. Are grapes gathered from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles? In the same way, every good tree produces good fruit, but a bad tree produces bad fruit. A good tree can’t produce bad fruit; neither can a bad tree produce good fruit. Every tree that doesn’t produce good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. So you’ll recognize them by their fruit (Matthew 7:15-20).”

Jesus tells us how we can recognize those who truly know Him and have a personal relationship with Him.  This is really important for those of us who call ourselves Christians, so we must pay close attention:

“My sheep hear My voice, I know them, and they follow me (John 10:27).”

The two important things to remember here are that Jesus knows our hearts and our intentions, and He knows whether or not we are truly following Him.  He knows whether or not we have a personal relationship with Him, and warns us strongly and sternly about it:

“Not everyone who says to Me, Lord, Lord”! will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of My Father in heaven. On that day, many will say to Me, “Lord, Lord, didn’t we prophesy in Your name, drive out demons in Your name, and do many miracles in Your name?’ Then I will announce to them, “I never knew you! Depart from Me, you lawbreakers!'” (Matthew 7:21-23)

So, Christians, do we know about Jesus, or do we know and have a personal relationship with Jesus?  If you’ve discovered that you don’t really have a personal relationship with Jesus and want to, here’s how God says you can:

  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, and 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.

In Christ’s love,

Phil

 

 

Carry

“Carry one another’s burdens; in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” (Galatians 6:2)

As Christians, we must be ready to carry one another’s heavy loads, because this is what Jesus’ church is supposed to do.  The modern day church, Christians, seems to have forgotten that we have been commanded to love and help one another first.  In John 13:34-35, Jesus gives us a command we Christians cannot keep ignoring,

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

The church has become so cold, selfish, and self-centered that we can’t see our brothers and sisters who are weak, suffering, broken, and dying in our midst. This is not acceptable to our Lord, Jesus, and should not be acceptable to us, either! God, through the Apostle, Paul, commands us this way:

“Do nothing out of rivalry or conceit, but in humility consider others as more important than yourselves. Everyone should look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.”

Jesus is our example. He lived a selfless life, always putting others before Himself.  This is what He demands of every Christian, every disciple of His.  Someone asked Jesus which one of the Commandments was the greatest of all, and in Matthew 22:37-39 He replied:

“He said to Him, ‘Love the Lord your God with all you hearts, 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.”

As you look at the picture above, where are you in carrying the load of the weak, broken, suffering, and dying in your church family and neighbors?

So, then,

  • 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 has doe for you?

In Christ’s love,

Phil

Motives

“All man’s ways seem right to him, but the Lord evaluates the motives.” (Proverbs 21:2 bold mine)

For those of us who are Christians, this verse begs the question, “What motivates our personal lifestyles, our philosophies, our belief systems, and our worldview?” If we are Christians, this question is extremely important, because depending on our answers, we may be at odds with God and don’t even realize it.  Some of us make a conscious decision to live our lives as we want to, leaving God out of our lives altogether.  Either way, we must be careful to remember that God has already set the standard of living for everyone who claims to be a Christians, and He does not change His mind about it.

God, in 1 John 2:15-16, warns us, “Do not love the world or the things that belong to the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in him. For everything that belongs to the world – the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of one’s lifestyle – is not from the Father, but is from the world.”

The world’s lifestyles, philosophies, belief systems and views are in opposition to God.  Therefore, as Christians, we cannot live for the world and live for God at the same time, no matter what our motives are, even if they seem justifiable to us.  This is a very serious matter, so serious that God puts it another way (Christians, pay attention):  “Adulteresses! Don’t you know that friendship with the world is hostility towards God? So whoever wants to be the world’s friend becomes God’s enemy (James 4:4)”.

No matter how we try to excuse our life’s choices, God knows our real motivation behind them.  What is the motive behind your lifestyle?  Is it to honor God, or is it to satisfy your own selfish desires?

So, then,

– 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 has done for you?

In christ’s love,

Phil