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Orar…Siempre???

Ora, ora, ORA!!!

Suena casi imposible no?  Siempre? Bueno, veamos.  Jesus se tomo el tiempo de enseñarnos a orar.  La Bibla nota que El con frecuencia se aparataba a orar, y en Lucas 21:36 Jesus le dice a sus discipulos que “velen, orando en todo tiempo”.

Pablo tambien sugiere (fuertemente) que oremos SIEMPRE!  En 1 de Tesalonicenses 5:17 y en Efesios 6:18 le recuerda al lector que debe ORAR SIN CESAR!

Porque?  Creo que la clave esta en el que orar siempre nos mantiene vigilantes.  La oracion no es simplemente una forma de comunicacíon con Dios. Aunque indudablemente es la forma en que hablamos con nustro Padre, tambien es forma en la que El se comunica con nosotros! Si siempre estamos orando, constantemente estamos hablando con El.  El constantemente esta hablando con nosotros.  Las lineas de comunicacíon estan abiertas y El puede mantenernos alerta y vigilantes con facilidad! Es mas, si seguimos leyendo en Efesios 6:18, Pablo nos dice que la razon principal es…VELAR!!!

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Por lo tanto, si Jesus oro siempre, inlcuso hasta momentos antes de llegar a la cruz, y si Pablo oro sin cesar, aun con toda la persecusion que sufrio, seguramente lo podemos hacer nosotros tambien, y velar.  Si no tienes el habito de orar, empieza hoy!  No es dificil.  Incluso, Dios mismo te puede ayudar.

Confiesa hoy:

“Padre, me comprometo hoy a orar siempre, sin cesar, como me mandas en Tu Palabra.  Jesus me dio ese ejemplo, y yo quiero hacer lo que El hizo, para obtener los resultados que El obtuvo.  Porfavor ayudame a mantener un espiritu de oracion.  Te lo pido en el nombre de Jesus, Amen!”

Pray….Always??

Pray, pray, PRAY!!!

It seems as an almost impossible task.  Always?  Let’s see, Jesus took the time to teach us to pray.   The Bible makes mention that He frequently withdrew alone to pray, and He even told the disciples in Luke 21:36 to “watch always and pray”.

Paul also suggests (strongly) that we should pray ALWAYS!  Both in 1 Thessalonians 5:17 and in Ephesians 6:18 he reminds the reader to PRAY ALWAYS AND WITHOUT CEASING.

WHY??? I think the key lies in that prayer keeps us watchful.  You see, prayer is not just a means to communicate with God.  Sure enough that is how we talk to our Father, but it is also a way for Him to communicate with us!  If we are always praying, we are constantly talking to Him.  He is constantly talking to us.  We have open lines of communication and He can keep us on our toes-watching-with ease! In fact, if we read further in Ephesians 6:18, Paul tell us that the goal is…..TO BE WATCHFUL!

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Therefore, If Jesus prayed always, even right before going to the cross, if Paul prayed ALWAYS, as persecuted as he was, certainly we can do it too, and keep watch.  If you aren’t in the habit of praying, start today!  It’s not difficult, God can even help you.

Confess this today:

“Father,  I commit to praying always, and never-ceasing, like you command me in your Word.  Jesus set the example for me, and I want to do what He did, so I can get His results. Please help me to maintain a spirit of prayer. This I pray in the name of Jesus, Amen!”

 

Espera VER

No esperes ver para creer, CREE PARA VER!

Muchas veces oimos “Si no lo veo, no lo creo.”  Y eso suena suficientemente inteligente, pero sabias que va en contra de la forma en que Dios quiere que hagamos las cosas?

Es cierto.  Es facil seguir la forma de pensar del mundo alrededor y empezar a pensar de una forma logica, analitica, e inteligente.  Sin embargo la FE no es algo para analizarse ni de lo cual se hace logica antes de ponerla en practica.  No, la FE es para el creyente.  La FE no requiere el uso de tus sentidos.  No necesita la ayuda de nada fisico ni intelectual o mental.  Es un asunto del corazon.

Del corazon?? Si.  Lo unico que requiere es un corazon dispuesto a creer.  Cuando naciste de nuevo, tuviste que CREER.  Nada mas-ningun otro requisito.  Es mas, Efesios 2:8 nos dice que por la gracia de Dios somos salvos, pero fue accesada POR FE!!!

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Entonces como sabes que eres salvo? Simplemente lo CREES!  Ahora, si aplicas este mismo principio a cada area de tu vida-CREER SOLAMENTE-entonces las cosas pueden cambiar de direccion para ti.

Que quiero decir?  En vez de esperar ver la sanidad manifiesta en tu cuerpo, CREE que ya es tuya!  (1 Pedro 2:24; Is 53:4-5) En vez de esperar ver que te subieron de puesto en tu trabajo, CREE que has sido promovido!  En otras palabras, no esperes ver para creer, CREE PARA VER!!

Hebreos 10:35-39; 11:6

 

Expect to SEE

Don’t wait to see, EXPECT TO SEE!!!

We often hear “If I don’t see it, I don’t believe it.”  And this sounds intelligent enough, however did you know that it totally goes against what God wants us to do?

That’s right.  You see its very easy to get caught up in the frame of mind of ‘everyone else around us’ and to begin thinking logically, analytically, and even intelligently.  However FAITH is not something to be analyzed and have sense made of before it is applied.  No, faith is for the believer.  Faith does not require the use of your senses.  It does not need the aid of anything physical or mental for that matter.  It is a matter of the heart.

The heart?? Yes.  All it requires is a heart willing to believe.  When you got saved and were born again, you had to BELIEVE.  No other requirement.  Ephesians 2:8 tells us that you obtained salvation by grace, but it was accessed through faith!!!

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So how do you know you are saved??  You simply BELIEVE!!!  Now if you apply this same principle to every area of your life-BELIEVE ONLY-then things can change direction for you!

What do I mean?  Instead of waiting to see that healing manifest in your body, BELIEVE it is yours! (1 Pet 2:24; Is 53:4,5).  Instead of waiting to see your job promotion, BELIEVE you already have it!! In other words…don’t wait see, EXPECT TO SEE!!!!

Hebrews 10:35-39; 11:6

 

 

Good Things!

Is God trying to teach me something?

Not everything in life goes fine and dandy. Reality is that often things may go wrong. Life happens and we may have setbacks. But big or small as they may be, let’s keep this in mind:

God is NOT the one behind the negatives in our life! Not at all! In fact, He is only capable of producing good things! He is ONLY interested in facilitating a GOOD life for us! He gives us GOOD things! Everything GOOD in your life came from HIM! Don’t ever think He lets bad things in our life happen so He can teach us something. NO NEVER!! And He never will!

So as we close out this year, and as the days turn into weeks, and the weeks into months, let us keep in mind always: He gives us ALL the GOOD we have in our life!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
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You Have a Commitment

You know that when you were born again, you were made brand new right?  It’s one of the first things we learn as born again believers.  2 Cor 5:17 tells us that.  But did you know that you have been given an assignment?  Better yet, you have been committed to something by God Himself?

Let’s take a look:

…who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.    2 Cor 5:18-19.

When we are born again, not only are we recreated and made new, but also God Himself commits us to give this message to everyone:  That He is NOT taking into account their sins!!!  That God Himself, through Jesus Christ, made it so that fellowship and friendship between God and man could be reinstated!  This is GREAT NEWS!!!

And it is our job to tell everyone that God is their Friend and that He is NOT angry with them!  Therefore, if we have been committed to such a task and have been entrusted with such a message, let’s not keep it to ourselves.  Let’s give the message of reconciliation out freely to everyone.  Let’s commit today:

“Lord, I realize that I am a minister of the message of reconciliation.  From today on, I will give out that message to all men, so that they may know that it is your desire to be their Friend.  Thank you Jesus!!!”

Tienes un Encargo

Sabias que si eres nacido de nuevo, eres nueva criatura verdad? Es una de las primeras cosas que aprendemos. 2 Corintios 5:17 nos lo afirma.  Pero cuando fuiste echo nueva criatura, sabias que Dios te dejo una tarea? Si, Dios mismo te encargó algo.

Veamos:

….Y nos dio el ministerio de reconciliación; que Dios estaba en Cristo reconciliando consigo al mundo, no tomandole en cuenta a los hombres sus pecados, y nos encargó a nosotros la palabra de reconciliación.  2 Cor 5:18-19

Cuando nacemos de nuevo, no solo somos hechos completamente nuevos, sino que se nos encarga por Dios mismo que le digamos a todos que Dios NO está tomando en cuenta los pecados de nadie!!! Que Dios mismo, en Cristo Jesus, hizo que la amistad entre Dios y el hombre se reanudara!  Esas son magnificas noticias!!!

Y es nuestro deber decirle a todos que Dios es su Amigo, que NO esta enojado con ellos, y es mas, que no Dios no esta pensando en los pecados de nadie, sino en la amistad que quiere con ellos!

Por lo tanto, si tenemos semejante encargo, no nos quedemos con ese mensaje sin entregarlo.  Demoslo a conocer, dado a que Dios mismo nos lo dio para que lo entreguemos a todos!  Comprometamonos hoy:

“Señor, se que soy ministro del mensaje de reconciliación.  Desde hoy, daré a conocer a los hombres ese mensaje que me encargaste, para que sepan de Tu deseo de hacer amistad con ellos.   Gracias Jesus!!”