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SOME CONTRADICTIONS AND TRUTHS ABOUT THE LIVES AND HEARTS OF MEN, AND SOME THOUGHTS ON THE WORDS OF GOD

(NOTE: All thoughts in this page are mine, those God blessed me with. But, there are some in here (very, very few) which are changed thoughts and truths from other authors which touched me deeply. I have changed these (very few) to best tell what was going on in my own heart. In the end, what will count is the truth and not the person who wrote it. Truth will remain while all authors will soon be gone from the earth. Till then, "we speak wisdom among those who are perfect; yet, not the wisdom of this world, nor of the rulers of this world, that come to nothing...", 1Cor.2:6.

 

  1. We shouldn't give wings to our children before we have provided them with roots. These roots are life roots, it is, they get them by the way we live from the heart and by what is real in us. And whenever our children have gained roots, whether we talk about spiritual or carnal children (or both) we should never trim their wings. They need the best and most efficient wings to go to and fro. "Happy are you who sow beside all waters, who let the feet of the ox and the donkey range free", Is.32:20.

  2. Whoever feels guilty or has guilt will always suspicious and won't trust others easily. But, whoever cleanses his heart and is cleansed from all guilt trusts easily - even when he is to trust God.

  3. I hear many people talk incessantly about salvation by works and salvation by faith. In addition to having become a predominant subject in evangelical circles, it has become a distraction from what is the main issue, which is to know Christ as He really is. I believe this discussion will cease in all those who truly know experientially the true and only Lord in the promised abundance. However, I do not want to fail by not saying that, in addition to being saved by faith, or by works, there is something else that is ignored: that we might try to be saved by the power of the flesh, whether it is our own or any other man's. David speaks of being saved by his own arm. In the prophets we read of those who make use of the arm of the flesh. I even believe that the vast majority of those who argue whether it is by faith or works that we are saved have this problem in common: they use carnal faith, carnal power, carnal hope that does not come from above as a fruit, among many other things. It is true that the flesh can save from many things: you can quit smoking; you can stop drinking and taking drugs; you can stop prostituting yourself; you can stop stealing and many more things. But it will never go beyond that. It will not transform the heart even if it manages to shape up the external conduct. Even a snake can change its skin, but not its heart. Whenever the man saves himself, he will make an outward reform, but never a true transformation from within. That will make him a hypocrite and not a saved one.

  4. "You are my hiding place", Ps.32:7. When we hide it is because we are attacked or tempted to betray our Lord through some sinful act, thereby leading to deny him. Instead of denying Him, we hide in Him.

  5. "Blessed is the man to whom the Lord does not impute iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit", Ps.32:2.This kind of deceit is not only that kind of deception where the person says something to deceive or to cover up what he does. It is clearly anything that is not in accordance with the Word of God and deceives self. Still, whatever is done in the sincerity of man, but is not according to the Word and the Law of God, is deceit.

  6. When Scripture says that God does not deal with us according to our (old) sins, it means that the person who transgressed has ceased to exist. That is, the offender was turned into a holy doer having been crucified and resurrected in newness of life. That's why conversion is extremely important.

  7. "No one comes to the Father except through Me", John 14:6. Today, it is very common to use or apply certain parts of Scripture deficiently or even, at times, in despicable in ways. This verse is one of those situations. It is usual for people to raise their hand in church to "accept Jesus", believing that they have come to Jesus and that, as soon as they do so, they have reached the Father. And the worst thing is that nobody shows them that, in order to reach the Father, there is still a way to go. We arrive at the Father by walking a certain path and not by blocking the entrance. Those who stand at the entrance of doors are the beggars. Those preachers who raise such believers will be worthy of double condemnation. They travel worlds to bring a flabby and unreliable message to make people even more condemnable than they already were. They went out looking for cold people to make them lukewarm or false hearted ones. We know that most people approach God, initially, so as not to be condemned. This means that they love themselves and do not want to suffer harm. However, the path leads to a point where another heart is gained just as Jesus says: "If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him", John 14:23. And we know that anyone who truly loves Jesus ceases to love life itself, even to the point of hating it completely. Whoever stands at the door prevents many from entering by blocking the entrance. And whoever enters needs to know that there is a way to go to reach the Father and to be loved by him.

  8. If God guides our steps and leads us to a good port, any sort of coincidence can and must be regarded as the providence of God. A certain man said that coincidence was God being discreet in His providence..

  9. "Why o you spend money for what is not bread, And your wages for what does not satisfy?" Is.55:2. We can also say "why do you spend time on what does not count for eternity? Why do you listen to what can't save? Why do you see what doesn't build you up?" .

  10. "The people who sat in darkness saw a great Light; and Light has sprung up to those who sat in the region and shadow of death", Mat.4:16. We can say many things about this verse, but I will only say one that, usually, escapes us when we read and interpret it. Have you ever seen someone calm while seated in the shadow of death and in darkness? As a rule, people panic in the face of death, cry and despair at their inability to avoid the coming tragedy. However, we see that people are settled and calm in the face of the greatest tragedy that can happen to any being, human or not. They are calm in their jobs, in their day-to-day dealings, in their illusions to the point of rejecting any tragedy warnings, preferring never to believe they are living under eternal danger. And it is upon these that a great light shines.

  11. "Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, sinners; and purify your hearts, double-minded ones", James 4:8. "Draw near to God". This kind of coming to God has much to do with the nearness of character and holiness rather than of religiosity. Our character and holiness must approach what God is at all levels to be changed in fidelity, in purity and in all the virtues which are the whole of God. That's why we read here about "purifying hands," among many other things that need to be purified. For that to happen, we not only need the will to achieve it, but we need reach the means and, also, to go through a certain path of cleaning both our past and our present. Our past also separates us from God and needs to be repaired where possible. I will repeat: our past also separates us from God. There is no one who can be approved by God in the present moment having his past hidden in darkness. It is necessary to confess and to make restitution where possible. It is necessary to ask for forgiveness from people and from God for every sin that is revealed or remembered, mentioning each transgression by name. Whoever does not cleanse his past of sinning when away from God, will never have a constant present because he will always be a person of double mood, with fickle and wavering attitudes, inconsistent, and unstable in all his Christian conduct. He sometimes sins, sometimes he does not sin; sometimes he is excited and sometimes he is discouraged; he will always be wavering in all his ways. Such will never be constant in the ways of God, although he can be constant in the ways of the world.

  12. "Make you a new heart and a new spirit", Ez.18:31. What happens when we fulfil what Jesus tells us without having been transformed in our hearts? We can fulfil for fear of being punished; for the shame we will have in front of people; to be an example to our children or to people around us; to be praised and walk under the spotlights. This means that we "fulfil" without having transformed our heart. It also means that if there was no punishment; were there no shame; if we didn't want to or couldn't shine; we would not fulfil because the commandments are not our nature. And what the Gospel does, is to make of us what we do or do what we have become. If we are not what we do, we are hypocrites - even if, in the eyes of the world and believers, we are considered to be great examples. We weren't made to be placed in exposition windows, but to be like God. We can't forget that we must be here in his name, that is, in his place being his faithful representatives.

  13. "You are witnesses, and God also, how devoutly and justly and blamelessly we behaved ourselves among you who believe", 1Thes.2:10. This behaviour of Paul was beyond reproach to those who believed. But how was it seen by those who did not believe? It is good to note that Paul pointed out that his behaviour was well accepted by those who believed. Those who did not believe would never accept Paul, not even if they saw a miracle happening. There needs to be a converging of hearts so that this kind of witness can be faithfully given. If the person doesn't like or doesn't accept the behaviour of those who live the true Gospel, he can only bear bad witness against it. Unless, in his sincerity, he recognizes that the wrong is not in whom lives the Gospel, but in himself, the witness shall not be good. If you don't like it, you may realize that it's your heart that is wrong.

  14. "My food is: to do the will of Him who sent Me; and to finish His work", John 4:34. Today much is preached about the extreme need/importance to read and hear the Word of God. And that is good. However, they preach in such a way that the impression is given to the hearers that food for a soul that hungers after God is only to read the Word of God. And nothing is further from the truth. The reading of the word can either provide knowledge or it can transform the person. It is food only when it has transformed and can keep transformed anyone dedicated to His Words, not only to its understanding, but, mainly, to its practical doings. It is by practicing that we truly learn or learn further. "If anyone wills to do His will... he will know...", John 7:17. "Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and does them, I will liken him to a prudent man (intelligent, wise - full of wisdom)", Matt.7:24. In spiritual terms, no one can separate the practice of the word from true learning, that is, you learn by practicing or because of it. Therefore, food for a thirsting soul is, above all, to reach the point of being able to carry out His will. And that is not for anyone. The will of God is attained only by the power of grace, doing/performing it here on earth as it is done in heaven; i.e. "here on earth as in heaven", using the same means; doing for the same reasons; having the same motives; gathering with God and never alone by the power of the flesh. This is food for those who walk with God in a real way, unlike those who read the word only so they won't feel guilty. Yet, we can neither forget that finishing or consummating God's will is also food for the soul filled with God. "My food is (...) to finish His Work". Work of God that is not finished/accomplished is, for a thirsty soul, like dying of famine while holding promises of abundance. Having the promises and, even so, starving to death would just increase the hunger pangs in that person and his death would not bring him relief because that sort of hunger travels with us wherever we go, even into eternity. Many people become irresponsible to the point of holding on to the promises as a means to feel comforted and not as duty to be achieved according to what has been promised, needing to inherit the promises right here and now by fulfilling the conditions of faith.

  15. "...Contrary to all men", 1Tes.2:15. Every man's actions or even reactions depends largely on the kind of heart he has. It is said that men's actions or reactions are, to a large extent, caused by the kind of temptations they suffer. But, how many times is it the person himself who seeks temptation and the occasion which provides the sort of food for the heart he has? If the person has a quarrelsome heart, he seeks the occasion to quarrel - with anyone; if he is contrary to the true Gospel - all flesh is - he seeks a believing adversary to mistreat or even to annoy. So is every person in this vast humanity. Religious people who are dissatisfied in their hearts because of their doctrines which separate them from the real God always become adversaries to ALL men. They exist to destroy humanity, either through persecution or through their destructive doctrines, whether they do so intentionally or are unaware of it.

  16. "Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected", Phil.3:12. Here Paul relates/associates perfection with having received Christ in His fullness. And this receiving of Christ is not, never was and never will be what people understand receiving or accepting Christ to be. Receiving Christ in all his fullness is something else, entirely. It is not easy to enter through that narrow door and walk this narrow path of having Christ as He really is. But, you have to get there.

  17. "I, indeed, count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ", Phil.3:8. The cause of Paul's determined attitude was his having known Christ as He is. Many deny things for other reasons. There are even those who abandon many things in order to better oppose Christ. Paul, by knowing Christ as He truly is, saw the mortal incompatibility that existed between Christ and all that he regarded as rubbish. He says he forsook everything "to gain Christ." This verse corrects the idea of works and actions that many preach throughout this world. Paul did not forsake everything to gain salvation, but to gain Christ. By gaining Christ you can be saved from anything and any sin. You can't stop drinking and keep visiting the pub; one cannot be saved from promiscuity and lasciviousness by watching pornography; one cannot think that stopping stealing is enough when we have something to return or someone to ask forgiveness for our past thefts.

  18. "I have written these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life", 1John 5:13."So that you may know that you have eternal life" means that many may believe they are dealing with things of lesser importance. Eternal life begins here and now. Whoever doesn't have/experience it now, won't have it after they die. But if we have it, if we truly receive abundant life in the promised measure in this present life, we must know that we are dealing with something of extreme importance and responsibility and we cannot deal with that life as one would deal with earthly life. It's good to know what we're dealing with if we have reached this abundant life here and now.

  19. When any person finds himself separated from God, he tries very hard to achieve what God has promised about being truly freed from all sin, but, with no success. Such people are those whom Paul says have fallen from grace (Gal.5:4), that is, they have lost the power of God and are like hairless Samson when faced with any kind of sin or temptation. But, being in good relations with God and without anything separating them from Him, they strive and succeed. To say that no one should strive having obtained grace (or even grace upon grace) is to be lying or misleading. The difference is that this spiritual effort under a total surrender to God, depending exclusively and entirely on His power and obedience to Him, obtains the promised results, whereas, effort without God (or separated from Him by some sin that was not yet exterminated by confession) will never get the expected results. If there were no effort - even if the effort under/through grace is a different sort of effort - we would not be exhorted to be faithful to the end and to remain in Him. This means effort - holy effort.

  20. "The law was given through Moses, grace and truth came through Jesus Christ", John 1:17. We need to better understand this truth, that is, this verse. And to understand it better, we must look at it in the context that John puts it. He associates this truth to two things: receiving of his fullness ("we have received of his fullness, and grace for grace"); and, secondly, by seeing God ("No one has seen God at any time; the only begotten God, who is in the bosom of the Father, has revealed him"). Looking at it this way, we can define the words "grace" and "truth" even better. Grace is received, sought for and found; and we can increase or decrease in it. Grace is an active power. It's the power of Pentecost. To say that grace is only an unmerited favour is to say very little about it. It's much more than that. It is the very power of God working and manifesting itself. That's why John associates the fullness of God with this grace that we receive (grace by grace). If Jesus came that we might have His life in abundance and His power in the promised measure (John 10:10), it means that anyone who does not reach this fullness of life has not achieved God's purpose. Anyone who doesn't experience Pentecost hasn't experienced anything yet. Secondly, we have the word "truth," which John associates with seeing God. This word in truly Biblical vocabulary means reality, veracity - something true, but real also. It must be the real thing. It's not just true, but truly real. If it's not real, it's still not true. Truth is not just something that is according to written truth and facts, but something truthful that becomes real. Anyone who has not experienced the reality of the living God has not yet experienced the truth - has not yet seen it.

  21. "Those who were chosen obtained it. However, the rest were hardened", Rom.11:7. Paul says something that contradicts many theologians: "I endure everything for the sake of those who have been chosen so that they, too, may receive the salvation that is in Christ Jesus", 2Tim.2:10. If we look at the context of these words, we see that it does not speak only of the Israelites, but of the chosen in general. It is these elect who (yet) need to reach the promises. If they do so, they soften their hearts and become humble. If they don't, they will be hardened like those who were left out. When the Gospel comes to us, we are either softened or hardened, depending on our response to what germinates the seed that has been in us since the creation of the world. No one is the same after hearing the true Gospel: either one gets harder or he softens. The same can no longer be said when one hears a false gospel.

  22. "With the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation", Rom.10:10. Today (and whenever religiosity prevails in evangelical circles) it is said that it is the mouth that believes, affirming itself positively. But the so-called professions of faith that claim to believe, do so while the heart is in doubt. When it is the heart that believes and experiences the truth in an unmistakably real way, the mouth speaks for itself. And when the mouth speaks for/by itself, it is distinguished from those mouths in which words are planted. When words are put into the mouth, whether it is another's words or even our own, it can never be considered true faith. True faith is spontaneous, natural from a pure and simple heart - but it is a faith of the heart and coming from the essence of the person himself. Only of these can it be said that "Everyone who believes in him will not be ashamed", Rom.10:11. Faith needs to become one's very nature and to cease to be an effort, whether it be emotional, intellectual, or any other kind of effort. Anyone who breathes with effort or difficulty is a sick person who needs some kind of treatment. The same is true of those who strive to believe.

  23. Nowadays, it takes longer to make a true men of God and for him to be true and to obtain the reality and truth of the Gospel because they all started with a dysfunctional, precarious, accommodating and misleading Gospel. Before, the people who were being saved did reject the law and the Jewish way and knew that they would have to leave the world to the point of hating it as the enemy of the Gospel. Today, they need to do that too, but in order to do that they need first to hate and deny the Gospel that accepts or excuses sinning and to which they became accustomed in the early years as a believer and which they are afraid to deny for many and varied reasons. And the vast majority of these Gospels accept sin as something impossible to overcome. In fact, they even accept its "inevitability" in order to continue enjoying and loving it. It is very painful and time consuming to convert those who are first converted by false gospels.

  24. "The Gospel (...) which has come to you, as it has also in all the world, and is bringing forth fruit, as it is also among you since the day you heard and knew the grace of God in truth", Col.1:5,6.This is a very strange and difficult verse to understand. But, it makes perfect sense. It reminds me of what Paul wrote about those who never heard the Gospel: "...who show the work of the law written in their hearts", Rom.2:15. It is a fact that Paul affirms that the Gospel has reached everyone, that is, it is in the hearts of every man and woman - even if it is unfruitful there. It shall become fruitful only by 1.hearing it; 2.experiencing grace in a real way and, necessarily, 3.in sincerity when it is real. This is what we read in this verse of Scripture: "1.you have heard and 2.you have known the grace of God 3. in truth". Faith is a fruit, that is, something that is born out of an union or relationship. A seed can exist for a long time in the earth until the rain comes to make it bear fruit. This happens a lot in deserts. The seed of the Gospel exists in the desert of this world. But hearing, having sincerity when hearing, and truly experiencing the power of God's grace, bears fruit unto salvation. There needs to be something that compels people to be sincere whenever their thoughts, hearts and transgressions are manifested.

  25. "We have renounced the hidden things of shame, not walking in craftiness, nor adulterating the Word of God, but by the revelation of the truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God", 2Cor.4:2. Everything that shames and everything that asks or demands to be covered, ignored, disguised or lied for belong to darkness. When the person is ashamed of Christ, then he is darkness and not Christ. Christ does not belong to darkness, but, whoever is in the habit of being ashamed and of hiding, will fall into the temptation to be ashamed of Christ when He meets him. The biggest mistake here is not being ashamed of Christ, but of maintaining the habit of being ashamed. Sin teaches you to walk with cunning cares, hiding this and that. Through the years that we walked and lived in sin, we have learned this hideous custom of walking in darkness, that is, hiding, concealing, disguising or excusing. If we have already practiced what makes us ashamed, we must bring it to light and confess it openly. This is how we exterminate sin and annihilate the old habit of hiding everything and nothing, even when there is no reason to do so. And there's more: anyone who still hides what he is ashamed of, will speak with pride and vanity of the things that he practices and do not shame, with the clear intention of hiding himself and his evil works behind the barrier of good works or of good things. Whoever hides, also boasts. It's a law of nature and every heart has these two sides. But whoever manifests and walks in the light practices the truth and will assume all that is good as something normal and not something that needs to be boasted, bragged or gloried about. Whoever walks in the light will have or will always obtain the tendency to no longer need to talk about himself because he is himself. "For we do not preach ourselves, but Christ Jesus as Lord", 2Cor.4:5. Walking in the light is humility. The best definition of humility is to be ourselves before God and men. If we don't have anything to be ashamed of, so much the better. But, if we still have something that shames us, it is not and will never be enough reason for us to hide in darkness and for not manifesting everything in light and by the workings of the true light.

  26. "For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and show unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us", 1 John 1:2. Through doctrine, we understand that eternal life begins after we pass away being in Christ. But, by the Word of God we understand that eternal life manifests itself from now on and begins right here and now. Paul speaks of "the life that is now". He also speaks of "life in this present century". In John we read that "this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent", John 17:3. Moses speaks of "the days of heaven upon the earth", Dt.11:21. There is much evidence in Scripture that eternal life begins here and now. The word "eternal" means "constant, permanent, without ups and downs, without end and without beginning". Whoever seeks it, shall find it. .

  27. Temptation in the life of a believer who has been truly made free works like propaganda and advertisements for those who have money. If we give heed to the advertisement and if we want/desire what it says, we will spend what we have randomly and unnecessarily. That's how temptation works - it's just propaganda. It is like the propaganda of a corrupt political party: if we believe its lies, we will be seriously harmed. However, it doesn't work that way with those who live in lies: it is more than propaganda to them.

  28. "Behold My Servant whom I have chosen; My Beloved, in whom My soul is well pleased. I will put My Spirit on Him, and He shall declare judgment to the nations (...) until He sends out judgment to victory",Mat.12:18-20. I have always believed that a true revival is like Judgment Day with the difference that on the day of judgment there is no way for us to be saved from our sins anymore, whereas in the revival all our sins will be manifested to bring us to repentance. Judgment triumphs by exterminating sin. Either the transgressor dies with Christ, literally dying to this world and to sin; or he will be exterminated along with sin. One way or another, the transgressor ceases to exist and the judgment will always triumph, one way or another.

  29. "So, faith without works is dead", James 2:17. If it is true that faith without works is dead, it is also true that works without faith are just as dead. "Whatever is not of faith is sin", Rom.14:23.

  30. "For whoever shall keep the whole Law and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all", James 2:10. Sin is the opposite of God's law. And the opposite of God's law is not hatred, but selfishness. Hatred is just another form of selfishness. We will be held accountable by the law of God when selfishness is still active and alive in any of us. Even if it was possible not to transgress being selfish in a very obscure and camouflaged way, we would always be considered transgressors because the Gospel judges the interior of man as the law judged only the exterior. The law judges what man does, while the Gospel judges what man is. That's why we become guilty of all points when we transgress in just one point, because today we are judged by the Gospel. The Gospel judges selfishness and not a mere transgression. If it were possible to lie driven by true heavenly love, lying would not be sin; and if it were possible to tell the truth having a bad heart, telling the truth in that situation would be sin. "Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things?" Mat.12:34.

  31. "Do not give heed to fables and endless genealogies (which provide doubts rather than the nurture of God in faith)", 1Tim.1:4. Many were occupied with issues that bypassed the true Gospel or the only essence of the Cross of Christ. They made themselves busy with genealogies and other things important to carnal Jews. Today, nothing is different. The only things that have changed is the themes of the discussions and of doctrines that are not the true essence of the Gospel, which is the power to save men from any sin. There is a lot of talk about baptisms, predestination, prosperity and so many other things that it is not worth mentioning them here. But, we also see people discussing politics; using unnecessary time - beyond what is advisable - with social networks and their videos; and we could mention many other things that are used to fill up the time that should be spent on essential and necessary things. Aren't these fables and vain things too?

  32. "Be swift to hear", James 1:19. Nobody can do two things at the same time: one either listens or speaks. But being "ready to listen" is much more than being quiet and paying close attention. As we hear with the ear and, also, hear with the heart through revelation, being ready to hear is much more than being focused on what we hear. We need to be in the right inner disposition, rightly disposed before God (a willing and prepared people, Lk.1:17), longing for what is or will be revealed to us and ardently desiring to understand and to receive what moves us and we still don't fully understand. "As newborn children, thirst for the pure milk of the word", 1Ped.2:2. There are those who want milk as long as it is not of the genuine kind, but of the one they wish to hear. Therefore, there has to be a commitment and a willingness of heart in the form of a burning desire to hear, receive and practice what is genuinely coming from God. This is being ready/willing/swift to listen.

  33. There are many ways to keep or bind people to churches, but, distant from Christ. There is a general refusal to enter the narrow door, which, in its turn blocks the entrance to those who would like to get into the Kingdom of God.

  34. Each thing that excuses us in front of people or the world condemns us before God.

  35. It is interesting to see that God showed Joseph that the sun, the moon and his own brothers would, one day, bow before him and, yet, God said no word concerning the facts that his own brothers would want him dead and would be sold as a slave. That which God shows us is where we need to get and demands our focussing. Whatever happens along the way is but the way and the means.

  36. "We must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God", Act.14:22. If this is true, that is, if to enter the Kingdom of God it is necessary to go through many tribulations - and not just one tribulation - why is it preached today that it is enough to raise your hand in the church and say that you accept Jesus to be prepared for eternity? And if we take into account that entering is not even staying/remaining if we have already entered, imagine how narrow the door is and how narrow the path!

  37. To all those who believe it is easy to discover what God's will is at certain times of our existence, I say that if we are not facing it with a kind heart that doesn't love an own life itself, our mind will not be renewed with the clear purpose of discovering this will and also discovering the secret of how to achieve it. It is something that few people understand: it is not easy for us to enter into God's will. Many things need to happen in us to make it possible for us to get to the point where we can execute it. And to carry it out we need to know what the will is and in what way or by which means we will be able to carry it out with full perfection and simplicity.

  38. Once we cease to confuse or mix God's will with our own and begin to love His will by desiring it ardently because we love God with all our hearts — and for no other reason — surely, figuring out how to carry it out will be easier.

  39. Being careful concerning the path we walk has two sides. On the one hand, it keeps us from being deceived. But looking the other way, we can only be careful if we are supported by a full knowledge of things. If our knowledge is limited, stunted, biased or partial, we will have serious problems with all our dedication. These precautions will no longer be good ones, but shall become tendentious deviations, sectarian stubbornness or convenient partiality. In this case, all the cares we have are what distract us from the truth and the path we should follow. This will happen because any kind of care will always depend on the knowledge of practical truth and spiritual reality we have or the conception of what we understand to be true or not.

  40. "Count it all joy when you fall into different kinds of temptations", James 1:2. This joy is also a joy that depends, in a way, on our understanding of the things and on our ability to discern circumstances we go through because of the Gospel. And that understanding and discernment needs to be correct and accurate. Let's look at it step by step. The Apostles were arrested for the first time (Acts 4) and explained before the Sanhedrin about the benefit done to a man who had been paralyzed for 40 years. However, the second time they were arrested we read that "then indeed they departed from the presence of the sanhedrin, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to be shamed for his name", Act.5:41. This rejoicing did not happen the first time they were arrested. But, in the second time, they began to understand better the reasons why they had been arrested and mistreated. And with that better understanding came the joy. That's why James speaks of asking for wisdom whenever we lack some understanding of the adverse circumstances around us. It is important not only to know the reasons that lead us to go through certain tribulations and temptations, but it is also extremely important to realize what God intends to achieve, be it one or several things both outside and within us. And when we realize what God's will is, we strive on and on toward that will with great joy without anything being able to hold us back.

  41. "...Filled with the Holy Spirit...", Act.4:31; 6:3. Much has been said about the Holy Spirit and what it means to be filled with His full life. In fact, the fullness of life directly affects the person himself, that is, the individual, to be fit and to remain steadfast, faithful and pure during the worst and the best moments of his existence.

  42. Determination (perseverance) can be a strong ally for anyone on God's path. But, there are many determined people who live without wisdom, walk through places of death and this determination, thus becoming an ally of death and error, is the worst enemy of the soul itself and of all common sense. Determination and perseverance must not become our predominant characteristics. They must become characteristics of servanthood to wisdom, they must be servants and not leaders, they must follow and not lead, they must be able to be guided by wisdom coming from God whenever illuminated by the Spirit at specific and appropriate times. Determination and every kind of perseverance should not be guiding, but guided and used by higher faculties like the wisdom of God that is meek. Perseverance/determination that wants to guide becomes brutality, monocratic stubbornness, blind and irreconcilable. These are some of the characteristics of ruthless dictators. "Who is wise and knowing among you? Let him show his works by his good conduct with meekness of wisdom But the wisdom that is from above is first truly pure, then peaceable, gentle, easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace", James 3:13,17,18.

  43. "No one can come to Me unless the Father who has sent Me draw him, and I will raise him up at the last day", John 6:44. The last day can be a lot of things. This last day spoke here is when Jesus comes to finish all the work he started, raising the saints back to His world and raising the wicked to eternal fire. But, there is also the last day of the earth. However, the last day is also the one where the saint is perfected and all the work in the inner man ends and we will say, "God saw that it is good". That's why we must strive to get there immaculate, that is, get to the point where God claims we are immaculate regardless of what people might claim. "...that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being made conformable to His death; if by any means I might attain to the resurrection of the dead", Phil.3:10,11.

  44. "Samuel, did not yet know the Lord, nor was the word of the Lord yet revealed to him", 1Sam.3:7. Samuel was a believer practically from birth. He knew the Scriptures and all the Temple rituals. He served the Lord faithfully from an early age. However, the Scriptures state that he did not know the Lord. What does this mean? Furthermore, the word of God had not yet been revealed to him. This doesn't mean that he did not know the Scriptures and the laws to a good extent. Certainly, he was a diligent student as well as obedient and faithful. It just means that the Word has no true saving meaning unless it is revealed in the inner man and to self. Studying the Word does not save anyone, but the revelation of the Word is able to save and has a lot of power. Even though the word exists in the mind through study, it needs to come alive through personal and individual revelation. That is, the Word must already be active within the person when it is heard to be received. And only then has it the ability to save. "Receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls", James 1:21. Only a word which has been implanted within can be received and acknowledged with saving power from whatever sort of sin or sinfulness. "Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ", 1Pet.1:13. Jesus Christ is also the Word itself. Even though we have a lot of study, only by it being revealed can the soul be saved. Every Word must become a revelation. Otherwise, it will never have eternal effects within us. All our study will never have the ability to transform us, because our brain is not the Spirit. What we study without revelation only creates appearance; and any sort of appearance avoids full transparency. On the other hand, anyone he who is truly transformed from the inside through a word already grafted within is not afraid to be transparent. He rather seeks to become entirely transparent. That is what it means to walk in the light: to be fully transparent.

  45. "Receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls", James 1:21. Any word of God must be or become a revelation within us, that is, it must be engrafted within us when we are paying attention to it - that is when we truly hear it. And it doesn't matter if it's before or after we've studied it. The study without revelation and without an inner graft (implantation) creates appearance, changing the exterior and leaving the heart intact. This causes the person to deceive himself, because the appearance deceives even self. "...deceiving your own selves", James 1:22. The word revealed within or grafted in, when heard, reveals what the person really is "for he beholds himself", James 1:24. Study highlights what the person thinks he is, and when that is highlighted, it has the ability to cover up what the person truly is. What a person thinks he is, what he thinks of himself, is never really what he really is. The forgetful listener who "soon forgot what he is like" and does not practice or act immediately upon the word that became revelation to him for him, returns to what he thinks he is and this only shows how much he is dominated and convinced by what he believes to be. This is synonymous of self-deception, that is, lying to yourself, "deceiving yourself with false speeches." The other truth is that only those in whom the word is also true revelation can become true practitioners of that word. Others become hardworking hypocrites and these hypocrites act in accordance with what they think they are - they do not act as they are and will never be fully transparent in doing so.

  46. "Receive with meekness the implanted word", James 1:21. Why should the word that is revelation be received with meekness? Any person does not like to see himself as he is, preferring to be told what he believes himself to be through praise, lies or being pleased by others in many ways. However, the revealed word shows things exactly as they are. Humanly speaking, this is the situation where people react by feeling offended. "You are offending me!" No one receives a truth about himself with meekness and thanksgiving. Rather, he receives this word with conflicting aggression, feeling the need to defend himself and to protect himself. He prefers to cover up and whoever covers up his sin never prospers spiritually. "Do you suppose I have come to give peace on earth? I tell you, no, but rather division", Lk.12:51. The Holy Spirit brings conflict in the soul that does not want to be cleansed by preferring to be told only what it believes to be.

  47. "And you, who were once alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled (...) to present you holy and without blemish, and without charge in His sight", Col.1:21,22. Why is it by evil works that we become "God's enemies in the understanding (mind)"? Paul means here that this enmity is an antagonism, a natural resistance to God and any of his operations in the inner man. There is a state of enmity within any sinner even when it is dormant and hibernating in the absence of true light. This state of enmity can be dormant, camouflaged, disguised as a believer, or anything else. But, it does exist. Evil works, that is, transgressions, separate us from God. In separating us from God, it also separates us from the power of grace, from the operations of that power, and from all that can make us heavenly beings. Therefore, if bad works separate us from God, it is certain that, having been transformed and reconciled to God, every good work brings us closer to Him. If it is bad works that make us enemies by nature, if it is those that create enmity against God, distancing and making us strangers from God and making God a stranger to us, the good works done in Christ and by the power of grace achieve the opposite, that is, they can bring us closer to God and more alike to Him within, being renewed at every moment.

  48. "Never be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord", 2Tim.1:8. We need to pay better attention to what we read in the Scriptures. We read that it is God who bears witness within us and about us: "The Spirit testifies (...) that we are sons of God", Rom.8:16. "All bear witness to Demetrius, even the Truth", 3John 1:12. It's easy to find people who give their own testimony, but it's harder to find someone whose testimony is given by God and the Truth (Jesus is the Truth). That said, no one should not be ashamed when God gives this testimony. "Do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord." One must not be ashamed of God or of the testimony that is given by God. Let's imagine Joseph in Egypt. A slave, dirty, imprisoned, and still a Hebrew in Egypt (the Egyptians despised the Hebrews); however, God's testimony of him prevailed over all that was visible and invisible. We never see Joseph be ashamed of this God-given testimony of him even being poor, despised, and innocently bound by God's will. "He trusted God and look how he lives!" We don't see Joseph say that he was sorry to be arrested being decent and immaculate. His purity and spiritual beauty only brought him problems. However, he was never ashamed of his God, of the testimony He bore about him, nor of His name and his origin.

  49. "Zachariah, do not fear, for your prayer has been heard", Lk.1:13. The ideal prayer is the one where we get an immediate answer, even if it is materialised later, having or getting such a communion with God that makes that prayer possible or accessible. The answer can be given long before the realization as it can be given at the moment things happen accordingly; we can know we were answered as soon as we prayed. "It shall come to pass that before they call, I will answer; And while they are still speaking, I will hear", Is.65:24. And because of the closeness we have with God, we can know what answer he gave us or gives us. "...we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him", 1John 5:15. However, that doesn't mean that there aren't people who don't experience it that way - something that is a promise to everyone. Many are not there yet, either due to problems, religious impediments or beliefs; or because they still assume answers that God has not given; or because they believe that God answered when He hasn't even said anything about it. In the case of Zechariah we can assume two things: he did not know that his prayer had already been answered; and, perceiving from the dialogue he had with the angel Gabriel, he had already lost any hope of having a child. Still, he was attended to and used by God after being rebuked. "If anyone cleanses himself from the latter, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work", 2Tim.2:21.

  50. "Do you believe that I am able to do this? They said to Him, "Yes, Lord", Mat.9:28. Right away, Jesus healed these people. If we know that Jesus knows all the hearts and even the secret thoughts of every man, why did He ask these men if they believed He could heal them? Why would it be so important for them to claim that they believe? It is important for a person to express in words what goes on in his inner man for his own good and for his own awareness of what goes on in his own heart. It is not because of those who hear, but because of himself, because no man knows his own heart unless it is revealed to him by God. Sometimes we need to reformulate our ideas when Jesus works within us because we don't always know what is going on inside us when Jesus is working within; we usually have a false idea about it, or still hold on to a previous idea of before we were changed, and all of that is out of date after a real change has taken place. Rephrasing: we need to know we've changed and assume it daily until our change becomes our natural behaviour. In fact, if we grow daily, we must know that we need to be updated daily as well in order to assume this transformation in practical life. And when this transformation truly takes place, our mind does not always assume what really happened, even though we are fully aware that something has happened within us. However, what happens inside of us needs to be real. And it is under these circumstances that these words apply, "that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation", Rom.10:9,10. There are people who like to contradict with words what is going on inside or just withhold it from being practical. And that is not a virtuous way to go about things - it is, rather, a destructive one.

  51. The only true sign or proof that we know the truth, and also that we know this truth intimately, is that we are completely freed from all our sins. Everything else proves nothing - not even a heartfelt confession that we believe the truth.

  52. How do we truly know that God does or will do something? Many will say that if He's done it once, he'll do it again, that is, if he's already shown what he can do, why can't he do it again? But, that's not the correct answer. If God has done something before, he may not do it because the person may be led astray from God's ways. The only correct answer to this question is: God has to be present for real, that is, we with Him and He with us. That's the only guarantee that God will do what he said He would do.

  53. "Lest you give your honor to others, And your years to the cruel one", Prov.5:9. This means that the wicked will have a better name than the righteous man who goes astray. His honor will pass to the bad ones and the badness of character will be ascribed to him.

  54. "Blessed are the pure in heart! For they shall see God", Mat.5:8. How wonderful it can be to see God, to know Him as He truly is and not as we imagine Him. "I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear; but now my eye has seen You", Job 42:5. We all know what it's like to be clean-hearted - or we think we do. The conscience has to be clean and needs to be calm if it is under the light and scrutiny of God, that is, in His presence in a real way (to be calm when God is not present is to have the peace that the world gives and not the one that comes from God); we must be sincere and honest with ourselves, with God (if He is present) and with anyone, whoever he or she may be. But, there is something that we don't always take into consideration: being clean of heart also means being without any disturbance, worries or problems that overshadows our well-being with God. Our mind must be untroubled, transparent, redeemed and free from things that cause worries and prevent our being from being totally and sovereignly active in what God wants. This is also being clean of heart. "Let not your heart be troubled", John 14:1. And this must be able to happen under any circumstances, under any deprivation or trial. The troubled heart prevents anyone from seeing God as he is. Our peace needs to happen when we are truly in union with God, enjoying His real presence, and not when we are negligent, estranged or separated from God for whatever reason, that is, having God as our opponent. We know that God resists the proud and some other sort of sinners. But grace is given to the humble, and it is those who receive true grace that must be found in peace in the presence of God - when He is real. If God's presence is not real, one should not be at peace, even if one has the peace that the world gives.

  55. "The sweetness of the lips increases learning; pleasant words are like a honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones", Prov.16:21,24. Any pleasant word can be either true or hypocritical. It is not just words that can or should be pleasant. The heart must be true, meek, quiet and wise whenever words are pleasant. The sweetness in the words only increases the knowledge of those who listen with their hearts if their hearts are wise (or seek wisdom when they are not wise yet) and can freely trace/review themselves in the truthfulness of those words from the inside. We know how Daniel's wise and sweet words soothed the king's wrath when he commanded that all the wise men of Babylon be killed. However, it is the duty of every heavenly being here on earth to ensure that the heart is expressing itself along with the sweetness of speech. Every expression on the lips must be the true expression of the heart and that expression can and should be given in the sweetness of lips if the heart is sweet and truthful. We need to adopt words that correspond to the sweetness of a changed heart even if we "dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips", Is.6:5. If our hearts are not sweet, it is better for the heart to express itself the way it is than to camouflage itself through vain words, even though those words sound sweet. What good is it to have words that are sweet if the heart is being hidden through them making one hypocritical? We will give an account of every empty or vain word that we say. A vain word is and will always be one that does not correspond to the truth. That said, there are two things that we should never forget: 1. It is necessary that the heart of the hearer is aligned or is on the verge of being aligned with the words he hears. God is meek in his speech, but, by speaking the truth, he reveals realities and facts that are contradictory to the thoughts and hearts of men. Therefore, God is not seen as meek in His speech when the heart is hard. But for a heart and a mind that earnestly desire to be remade and be rebuilt by the truth while being true, all of God's words will sound sweet even though they seem to be the hardest words that anyone can hear. "How sweet are Your Words to my taste! More than honey to my mouth!" Ps.119:103. "Do not My words do good to him who walks uprightly?" Mic.2:7. 2. Secondly, if the heart does not readily assimilate the true words of truth that come out of lips full of sweetness, the words will sound soft, but the heart will remain hypocritical. Therefore, the sweetness of the lips does not always resolve eternal issues and it may happen that, sooner or later, the words will sound harsh for this type of listener even though they may come out of the sweetness of a sound heart. An alarm clock never sounds pleasant to those who love to sleep and are lazy, even when the sound is soft, melodious or pleasant. But, however violent or aggressive the sound of an alarm clock may be, it will always be something pleasing to the ears of those who like to wake up for the blessings of the day that awaits them and are excited to do what they love from the heart.

  56. Allow me to say something that we might not believe: one day in the future, the nowadays Muslim world will send missionaries and Christian workers to the west - to the dead and deceived churches of the west. "It is written, 'By other tongues and other lips I will speak to this people, and even so they will not hear Me, says the Lord'", 1Cor.14:21. True Christianity shall emerge from such places because they know they know they will be killed by becoming Christians.

  57. "All who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted", 2Tim.3:12. If we live with Christ (in real and evident godliness), we will be persecuted; and also, even if we (still) do not live piously and we are looking for the right path, we will, also, be persecuted in order to be discouraged. The devil will chase us until he can no longer. But everything will happen under God's permission and supervision. And if we do not live godly in Christ Jesus, the devil will not persecute us. However, by living ungodly and against Christ, we must not forget that it is God who will persecute us, and He will not need to ask the devil's permission to do so. Therefore, it is up to us to decide by whom we wish to be persecuted and opposed. "God resists the proud", James 4:6; 1Pet.5:5.

  58. "For if I yet pleased men, I would not be a servant of Christ", Gal.1:10. I don't know how is it possible for someone (a pastor, evangelist or any other believer) to be able to consider himself a servant of Christ by pleasing people yet. Pleasing people is a form of idolatry. It is idolatry because it gives confidence by being pleased back and everything that gives confidence, hope and encouragement outside of Christ is false - it is idolatrous. True trust comes to us by being worked on from the inside by Christ - that is, if He is really at work in us.

  59. "When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to Abram and said to him, "I am the Almighty God; walk before Me and be perfect/blameless", Gen.17:1. To walk is not to be inactive. Many people neglect daily and practical life with God because they believe to be with God means to spend time in prayer and bible reading. But, in what sense is it good to spend precious time with God during prayer and Bible reading if it does not affect our daily life? The most important part of a Christian life is to be able and enabled to walk with God moment by moment right through our whole new born living. To be in His presence continually. We need to live with God and not only spend a religious time in our closet as the ultimate thing. It is important to spend profitable time with God in our closet, but it is meant to affect our daily walk with Him and through Him. Those who have a religious time and believe that's it, they wish to live their own way outside their closets and have God approve and bless them.

  60. "I do not seek My own will, but the will of the Father who has sent Me", John 5:30. When Jesus said that he did not seek his own will, He meant more than what it appears at a first glance. In the original this word (do not seek) means "to plot", to undo it, to undermine, to disappoint/betray his own will. How would you do that? By seeking the will of the Father. And here is another hidden secret, another treasure of truth: to seek means to do everything to find, to strive to find. However, it is not only seeking. Knowing what the will is, is not and never will be to be empowered and clothed with the capacities to undertake and to do it in full detail. It is easy to say that we want God's will, but the secret is that this will can only be done through the power that abounds in heaven. Whoever does not seek with his whole heart for the means to do the will of God, will never be able to do it. To seek the will without seeking and finding the means to be able to do it would be to execute it without the power of grace and that would be impossible, because only by doing things the way they are done in heaven will we are able to do God's will. "Your will be done here on earth as it is in heaven", that is, in the way it is done in heaven. And it has to be sought and found.

  61. The voice of God can be an audible voice. But what counts is its repercussions within us. The Israelites heard the voice of God on Mount Sinai and it was of no avail to them in eternal terms. But, whenever the voice of God has or finds a seat within us, it makes all the difference. Man's heart must be moved by the power of grace so that he can achieve what God intends in the way that He intends it. If there is no repercussion within us, if the testimony is not confirmed in the inner man (that is, being the testimony of God and not of one's own), the flesh will keep deciding what to do. Either the flesh forgets the words of God and goes on with its usual life, or it tries to achieve things through strange fire, that is, by the power of the flesh coming to a point of 'even demanding' the approval of God in the works of the flesh because it seems right. We all know that there is a way that seems right which ends in eternal death.

  62. One of the many differences between today's preachers and those of old is that today they invite people to accept any gospel by saying, "It doesn't matter who you are." Paul used this expression to reveal the wrath of God: "O man, whoever you are (no matter who you are), because you condemn yourself ...", Rom.2:1. Today they speak of the love of God that accepts anyone that comes to Him - something that everyone already knows. Paul said "that God will judge his secrets, through Jesus Christ, according to my gospel", Rom.2:16. He said that this was his Gospel. And today nobody wants to talk about the judgment of God from the pulpits.

  63. "...Upholding all things by the word of His power", Heb.1:3. We know that there are many things changed in today's evangelical language. Everyone says that the word has power, but, we read here that it is power that has or can have a word. Not every word has power. The power of God sends the word out and it is not the word that sends power, reaches or unlocks the power of God. It is the power of God that unlocks and sends the word. If we change this sequence, we will have serious problems and such serious deviations that are difficult to straighten.

  64. "Pray for me, brother. I also pray for you". There is nothing wrong with people praying for one another. However, there is a great desire to use prayer as a means keep friendships, and as a way to create bonds between people when true prayer seeks the will of God and seeks a clear answer to it. And there are people who tell what they have spoken to God as a way to captivate their listeners. "Today, before preaching, before singing in the church, I prayed that God would be with us and bless what I am going to do". If we pray to God and God has heard us, we expect the fruit of that prayer produces by having God present. It will not be necessary to communicate this to anyone. They will know it. This evangelical language must end if we are to see God truly at work. If you need provision from God and have talked to Him about it, why or for what reasons should you let others know that you are in need of this or that? If God does not answer my prayers, I must correct myself by searching for the reason why God did not provide instead of trying to resolve things in a human or humane way. Jumping the wall into the sheep fold has never been and will never be a solution for our lives.

  65. "For this reason God gave them up to vile passions", Rom.1:26. This is very serious. You cannot imagine the seriousness of a situation of this kind where the person approves and likes to be submitted to infamous passions, going so far as to fight for them as rights that the whole of society must accept and respect. This is a curse. To be abandoned by God and to be given to what we want is the highest curse ever. Remember this whenever you notice that there is "all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; whisperers; backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents; undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful", Rom.1:30-31. How terrible it is to be abandoned by God and how much worse it will be to be abandoned and left to our own passions to do what is not convenient.

  66. There are things that are healed through time. Time is its medicine. God, sometimes, needs to take time to accomplish something out of us who, often, are impatient and worried about something.

  67. "It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father has put in His own authority", At.1:7. It is good to give due importance to these words of Jesus. I see a lot of people discussing what they don't know as if it's something important to know. Shouldn't we know what is about to happen? I believe with all my heart that it is more important to know that it will happen than what will happen. Whenever Jesus mentioned the end times, it was in order to prepare us for it and it was not his intention for us to know what was going to happen in full details. He emphasized the fact that it was going to happen and placed less emphasis on the details of what is going to happen. Sometimes, he ended his speeches with the words "be prepared, prepare" or something with the same meaning. I am very suspicious of those speeches and the preaching that try to uncover what will happen, while the goal of all our preaching and speeches should be to "present to Himself a glorious church, without spot or wrinkle or any such things, but that it should be holy and without blemish; in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy and without blemish, and without charge in His sight; present yourself approved to God, a workman that does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth", 2Cor.11:2; Eph.5:27; Col.1:222; 2Tm.2:15.

  68. Jesus spoke of those people who jump over the wall into the sheep fold, those who enter, but not through the door. There are many who do not cleanse themselves, do not confess a single sin and try to find doctrines to jump over the wall, such as "accept Jesus as Saviour", among many others. But, just as there are people who jump over that wall, there are others who jump over the wall of the sheep fold to the outside - people who get discouraged, get fed up by missing the world. What can we think of them? They exchange real life for fantasy, exchange truth for lies and hardly return to the fold by the door again.

  69. "But, whoever shall deny Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father in Heaven", Mat.10:33. Whenever we read this verse, it comes to our mind that this has to do with a verbal denial of Jesus. But the truth is that there are many, many people who deny Jesus in their daily or practical lives, living as people of the world who do not know God. We can deny God with our way of living, dressing, speaking and being. Furthermore, there are people who verbally never deny God, but their practical lives never show anything about Him. Most hypocrites refuse to deny God verbally. However, they are doubly dead.

  70. Whenever we read or interpret the Scriptures, we must take into account many things that are sometimes hidden from the most indoctrinated, and from most eyes that are obstinate in a type of teaching. I believe that there has never been an era where works of holiness and purity found so much opposition and resistance. And this opposition in evangelical circles exists only due to doctrinal stubbornness. Basically, it is a sort of stubbornness that, in the light of the Bible, is as serious a crime (transgression) as are all forms of witchcraft and idolatry (1Sam.15:23). But we must know that grace - the power of grace - when it is truly alive and active, leads to limitless holiness, in which there is no shadow of doubt. On the other hand, we do not see God entrusting certain important things or the knowledge of certain events to anyone. God entrusted the Saviour to a virgin who was pure and, therefore, found the grace to conceive and to raise Him. Zechariah and his wife were entrusted with John the Baptist because they "were both righteous before God, living blamelessly in all the commandments and precepts of the Lord", Lk.1:6. And all who have been called while still living in their sins, had to go through a process of purification and sanctification before they could be made useful in the hands of God. "If anyone cleanses himself from the latter, he will be a vessel for honour, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work", 2Tim.2:21. It happened to Paul who spent seven years in the deserts of Arabia before being made a useful vessel in the hands of God; it happened to all the apostles who had to go through everything Jesus went through. And so it will be happening to everyone who wants to be useful in the hands of God. So, be more careful whenever you preach against works as if they are in direct opposition to the faith in Christ.

  71. It is true that the Bible teaches us not to sit at the same table with those who claim to be believers and live loosely. But, it only works for the repentance of those people if our testimony is alive, real and true, that is, when God is the one to bear witness about us. Unless that be the case, no one of those who went astray will feel separated from God but only from us who judge them. We must never forget that it only works for the good purpose when it is an act of mercy because, if it is not an act of mercy, it becomes an act of judgment. And we are not to judge anyone. "You judge according to the flesh; I judge no one", John 8:15. The same Bible that says never to sit at the same table with such people as a last attempt to convert them by provoking the realization that they are separated from God, being merciful that way by denying ourselves and our feelings about them, also speaks against those who separate themselves accusing others. These are the ones who say, "Keep to yourself, do not come near me; for I am holier than you. These are a smoke in My nose, a fire that burns all the day", Is.65:5. "He that separates himself seeks his own desire; he breaks out against all sound wisdom", Prov.18:1. We also have another solution (another weapon) coming from Paul as ministers of the true Gospel: "Beware of him", 2Tim.4:15. If we are in the presence of someone who claims to be a believer and lives loosely, he will certainly realize that we do not trust him - even when we are sitting at the same table. This lack of communion and lack interaction is equally felt the same way it will be felt when we refuse to sit at the same table. There are many ways to mercifully help those who go astray from the truth into another way. If your separation from those who go astray is not and act of mercy, be assured that they will need to forgive you for your judgmental attitudes. You owe them, at least, a formal request for forgiveness while they are still around. Even if they are on their way to hell, you need to ask them to forgive you before they go away for good. "Agree with your adversary quickly, while you are in the way with him; that the opponent not deliver you to the judge, and the judge deliver you to the officer, and you be thrown into prison", Mat.5:25.

  72. People who go astray from the truth do not go astray because of doctrine, but to doctrine. They deviate because of sin; transgression is the main cause for a separation from God who is the truth and the power to keep holy and to keep living in any true doctrine. Jesus said that whoever manages to do God's will - not everyone can, not even by wanting to, because they can only use the means that are used in heaven to do God's will (the power of grace) - whoever can do God's will, will know if the doctrine that he follows or is followed comes from God or not. Therefore, it is up to us to create that intimacy between sinner and God, an intimacy that saves truly and makes truly free, so that everything else is composed as time passes by. Composing or correcting doctrine is not our work. Our main work is to reconcile hearts with God, so that they may be one, whether that heart is ours or someone else's. Everything else is and will be corrected during the normal course of a continued intimacy with God. While this intimacy continues, everything will be corrected and composed.

  73. "The Israelites took the cattle and the spoil of that city for a prize for themselves, according to the Word of Jehovah which He commanded Joshua", Jos.8:27. This happened after the battle of Jericho where Achan was stoned to death for taking from the anathema. God decided to give all to the Israelites to counteract what happened in Jericho, showing that it was not the goods that mattered, but obedience to God. We can say the same seeing that God sent the whole Israeli army against only 12,000 men in Ai. Previously and when they were defeated, the leaders had advised to go only a few Israeli soldiers against that city. It's all about obedience and nothing more. We must learn obedience and not look to numbers, possessions or anything else. Care to have nothing for or against any of these things, and put all effort in obeying Him unconditionally.

  74. "Because you have seen Me you have believed. Blessed are they who have not seen and have believed", John 20:29. For what reason or reasons are people so blessed by being able to believe when they have not seen? This is not talking about a reward, but about an existing fact. This means that your life and fellowship with Christ is so natural, so real, your spiritual reality is so simple and true that you live out and express what you really are. People are humble because they are as they really are, that is, they do not force themselves to be what they aren't and do not force themselves to believe, to do and to make as if they understand whatever they have not perceived. Their Life is real, simple, true and they have nothing to hide or show by living without feigning, without methods because they have this life ruling in the promised abundance. You don't have to see to believe when you have this life in you in the promised abundance. It is that eternal, constant life within that makes you believe. And if you come to see anything, you are not caught by surprise, and that doesn't influence your way of life in any way and neither your existence - much less your daily duties. Your life goes on as usual and, like Moses who continued to live the moment that followed after he had passed the Red Sea as if nothing unusual had happened, you shall also be able to carry on without breakups. Blessed are those who are able to believe this way, for it is eternal Life within that sustains them and which feeds their faith. It is that Life that makes them believe and that is why it is said that whoever believes has Eternal Life within him already.

  75. "Keep your heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life", Prov.4:23. There are people who are able to guard their tongue and to be on their guard about what they say, that is, they try to use the guard they have on their lips. They try to control or tame the way they speak, although they can't always do it because they didn't start by keeping their heart through the power of grace. If keeping the tongue - which is indomitable without grace - is so important, keeping our heart is a thousand times more important because from there comes what we are able to say or express. Words come out of the mouth to hurt or heal. However, from the heart "proceed the issues of life". Therefore, be continually feeding the heart with the Word of God, approaching God with an increasingly sincerity, with less feigning and less religiosity. Being true and truthful with all simplicity and sincerity is probably the most important thing we can ever do in all our existence. Let's remember that the tongue speaks of what comes from the heart.

  76. The Jews chose or preferred to have a criminal released instead of Jesus, the Innocent One. They preferred to acquit a criminal who, in God's eyes, had never been forgiven nor saved. If this were symbolic, it would have much to say to us today. Even today, religious leaders, pastors and many others who are in the position of authority, pronounce themselves about the forgiveness of sins, and even exonerate those whom God has not yet forgiven. It happened to me at the beginning of my walk. They told me I was forgiven when I had never confessed or forsaken any of my sins, simply because I had "accepted" Jesus as my Saviour! I believe that the sin of those who wanted to exonerate me of what God had not yet forgiven nor made me free of is greater than or equal to the sin of those who exonerated and released Barabbas without any moral or godly authority to do so.

  77. Elisha asked for salt and a new dish. At that time, the objects that were used had no meaning and were changed according to the words of the prophets. The idea that was conveyed was that it had nothing to do with the utensils used, but rather with the power of God. It was a matter of obedience without any symbolism in the things that were used. Today, emphasis is placed on utensils and oils that are used as if something depends on those things to materialize any miracle.

  78. "And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivulets of water that brings forth its fruit in its seasons", Ps.1:3. One would expect that a tree planted close to water streams, whose roots are always properly watered, would bear fruit all year round. But, we see that it only bears fruit during its season. That is, any good tree needs to be irrigated when it is not in its time to bear fruit so that, as soon as its season comes, it is ready to bear fruit. Many seek God only when they need something important. And that is not seeking God and can never be taken or considered as seeking God. That is to seek what they need. The foolish virgins stayed out because they went to get oil at the time they were supposed to be using it. Let us be careful about our intentions and seek our hearts when we seek God. "Therefore, let us come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need", Heb.4:16. "And all which he does shall be blessed". This means that God is pleased with that person whose heart is according to Him. Whenever the person and the heart are well ordered, whenever the fellowship with God is up to date, all kinds of skills given by God are blessed with fruit. And if we are not found near the rivers of water, all skills and gifts that came from God will be made useless, fruitless and frustrating.

  79. We are saved by the Word. But this word must be alive to be able to save from our sin. Jesus is also - or can be for us - the word itself. However, He needs to be real to us and be so free to work and move within us as to effectively be able to work in us without hindrances of any kind. If not, he cannot be our Saviour. We need to be in full communion with Him, having our communion up to date, being clean, well ordered to have the word of each day alive and fluent if we want that word (or Him) to act during our times of temptations. Whether the temptations are insistent or not, more or less blatant, they become useless and powerless and will seem too weak to bother us if we have our experience and fellowship with God and our life clean and well ordered. Our fellowship with God can be measured by the force any temptation is able to exercise upon us; the stronger the temptation seems, the more distant from God we are found. If it's raining, I can be in a shelter or in the rain. Being in the shelter I only get wet if I want to; and if I am in the rain, I will become dry only if I want to. That shelter is that communion with God that is real and not one that is forced, fictitious or feigned.

  80. "Truly, truly, I say to you, You seek Me not because you saw the miracles, but because you ate the loaves and were filled", John 6:26.Jesus rebuked some people for believing only when they saw miracles. But, these people no longer bothered to see miracles because selfishness demanded food to eat. They were no longer amazed by miracles. That is what prosperity theories and doctrines are capable of doing to a selfish heart. We can see beyond the miracle: either we see God and learn to know Him; or we see what selfishness asks for or demands to have.

  81. If our hearts condemn us, we can be sure that God condemns us too. When the condemnation of the heart is real, it is a first-hand proof that God condemns us too. However, in the same way that someone without that light of God is able to approve an own action or own person, in the same way someone may be condemning himself without light and without God. It is important to know that the condemnation or approval that counts, in this case, is the one in whose heart the light shines brightly, reveals, exposes and shows clearly.

  82. Trust in Jesus during, before and after prayer, depends a lot on whether our heart condemns us or approves us, that is, whether our conscience defends us or accuses us. However, knowing (experiencing) that God hears us is not the same as experiencing Him answering us. We must know (perceive, experience, listen) when we are attended and not just when we are being heard. The answer to prayer is the heart of the matter and never prayer alone. Unanswered prayer is not, never was and will never be that true prayer as Jesus and the Bible teach.

  83. Reconciliation with God is, for humans, something poorly understood and very poorly explained. As a rule, they look at God as if He were human or they deal with Him as they would deal with any ordinary human being. With humans, we talk and clarify the things that separate us and, when everything is sorted out, each one goes his way. Basically, what man has is the desire to be able to please God in the same way that any man would be pleased, it is, to have God appeased and each one go his own way. "Will you show partiality for Him? Will you contend for God?", Job 13:8. As God brings us back to that intimate and profound communion with Him - deeper than man's own thoughts - reconciliation with Him has a lot to do with it. When we are reconciled with God, we don't go each one his way. We follow Him. For people to get along with God, they don't just need to understand Him, but they need to be equal or compatible to Him. "Can two walk together, unless they are agreed?", Amos 3:3. True reconciliation is one of obtaining an equal heart, equal values, be able to use the same power of grace and be able to live by it only, being in everything and under any circumstance fully compatible with God in all His inner movements. This is true reconciliation with God: being one with Him in everything and under all circumstances.

  84. "You, who judged your sisters, bear your own shame also, because the sins which you committed were more abominable than theirs; they are more righteous than you. Yes, be disgraced also, and bear your own shame, because you justified your sisters", Ez.16:52. The sisters God was talking about here were Sodom, Gomorrah and Samaria. It is sad to know that even Sodom became justified when compared to God's people in their sins. It still happens today. The Church's sins 'justify' the wicked, making them more righteous than the church itself. I've seen it happen with my own eyes.

  85. "Husbands, likewise, dwell with them with understanding, giving honour to the wife, as to the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life, that your prayers may not be hindered", 1Pet.3:7. This word "hindered" has a broader meaning than we can imagine. In the original, it would mean more or less this: "So that your prayers may not be frustrating/frustrated". We all know what frustration is. Frustration can arise in many ways. Preventing prayers from being heard is but one of them. If any person insists on prayer by refusing to straighten his ways, he can reach a point where God gives the opposite of what one asks for or even grant it just to take it away again before one can use or enjoy it. It happened to Jonah when "God prepared a worm that struck the plant", Jonah 4:7. This brings even greater frustration. Many prefer to insist on the same prayer and the same murmuring melody than to read the signs in their lives to understand that they need to ask for forgiveness for something or change their ways, attitudes or way of speaking. If God is not deaf, the reasons for not being attended may be a few and may have other causes. We must also know that this principle of frustration is not just for husbands, but it is understood that it applies to anyone. It can happen to a wife, a mother, a father, a son, a teacher, a brother, an employee or even a boss.

  86. David tried to use Saul's armour to face the giant Goliath. He soon realized that he couldn't wear someone else's armour. Isn't that what happens to many believers today? When faced with a problem, they stop being themselves before God and try to pass for someone else, with the 'faith' of another, with the methods of another or even try to pass for someone else. "Some (...) took it upon themselves to call the name of the Lord Jesus over those who had evil spirits, saying, 'We exorcise you by the Jesus whom Paul preaches'", Act.19:13. Imitation never worked out and never solved anything. Imitation is and will always be a lie that has short legs. In practical life, it will always be denied by God. Whoever is not himself before God is no one before Him.

  87. "Caiaphas being high priest that year, said to them, You know nothing at all, nor do you consider that it is expedient for us that one man should die for the people, and not that the whole nation should perish", John 11:49,50. It is interesting to see that God did not avoid speaking through Caiaphas, just as he did not avoid speaking to Ana through Eli's mouth. They were both priests instituted by God, but deprived of His glory. God exercised his right/duty to speak because they were legitimate leaders instituted by God.

  88. "I told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in My Father's name, they bear witness of Me", John 10:25. I don't remember any occasion where Jesus said to be the Messiah except when he spoke to the Samaritan woman. However, He stated that He had already said who He was (and did not refer to that occasion of the Samaritan woman); and went on to explain that His works in the name of the Father attested and told people who He was. We may not believe or may not want to believe, but the fact is that the works achieved in the name of the Father speak and answer many of our doubts. Just don't expect them to answer your questions, as they just answer what you might not be able to ask. And if they answer, stop asking for words for what you already know. On the other hand, there are many questions that are not answered today and also many doubts that emerge because we do not see the works of God happening as promised. And it is those works that speak of God and bear witness of Him.

  89. I have read something like this these days: It is said that God talked to the earth when He made a tree; And that He talked to the sea when He made the fish and the whales. But, when He made man, He talked to Himself: "And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness", Gen.1:26. So, no tree will live or survive apart from the earth (ground) and no fish will live outside the water. And, needless to say, no man will live unless he is deeply, intimately and personally related to the Lord.

  90. There are a few reasons why many people search their hearts or, should I say, many things that cause or drive them to search their hearts. Some of these things are not motivated by holiness, but by some sense of loss. For example, if my child suffers, or my relationship with someone dear to me is stung by a hurting arrow, or anything dear or close to me suffers, my human mind is always led to believe it might be my fault, or it is because of me, or because of some sin I committed. This is how a human mind works. Even the disciples had this idea (before Pentecost) and asked Jesus: "Master, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?" That is why many victims become more and more subjected to those who victimize them. People have this idea that every sort of suffering or hurt is a punishment for something they did or something that they are. And because people want something so bad, they will search their hearts immediately or even spontaneously when suffering a loss. It is not wrong to search your heart, especially if it is done under the light of God. The wrong part is to end up in wrong conclusions about it and to bring a final verdict which is not according to the truth. Many will rather assume it is their fault – even when they know it is not. They will do so to avoid hurting a relationship, or to avoid strife, to please people or even to avoid losing something dear to them. The mind is set or determined not to hurt further or to destroy something dear to them or even dear to God. One will avoid blaming something else to avoid a bad atmosphere or to avoid destroying a relationship or something else dear to him. It is not wrong to desire or even to have a healthy relationship, a sound atmosphere or even being healthy and well. The wrong part is to try to build it but not by the truth. Only truth can make free, build, maintain and keep healthy whatever is dear to us, to God or to someone else. Even when truth hurts now, it is a solid foundation for the near and far future. It shall bear good fruit sooner or later. Besides, one doesn't need to hurt someone else, blame or even accuse when it is not our fault. We simply need to know the truth and live accordingly.

  91. "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go", Jos.1:9. The fact that Joshua saw so many miracles and great deeds from God and witnessed them first hand, did not change or assure his heart and wasn't enough to assure him. There is no miracle that has the ability to change someone from the inside. It changed his view of God, but it did not change who he was. He was or would still be a person who was amazed by a great work, who feared what should not be feared in the presence of God. Soon, his transformation would be brought about by his effort in the presence of God, it is, his effort to quicken "good courage" in his heart. Whoever attains the power of grace must and can strive in changing himself, for he will not miss the way nor the outcome. It is our responsibility to create that new heart in us. "Create in yourselves a new heart and a new spirit", Ez.18:31. This heart must reach the point of living with a great God as if it had never lived any other way before - if you indeed experience the presence of God and live in Him and He in you.

  92. Do not not forget that our daily bread needs to be a daily and continual one. Do not neglect God's word or words or you shall be weakened against temptation, or under pressure; your light shall be dim when you need to have a full view; your reacting times or even acting attitudes will be slumbering and not simple and victorious. And under the lack of the a living word, doubts will emerge and "good courage" will become despair or something alike. "If you faint in the day of trial, your strength is small", Prov.24:10. When we are not fed properly, our strength shall fail us. Our bread is something God says or reveals to us personally from the words of Scripture. You need to have/find that too, personally, and not only what God has shown others, however important or successful they are or may have been.

  93. When a man of faith achieves any promise from God, everyone likes to place emphasis on the man who believed and not on God's faithfulness. The example of man is more popular than the faithfulness of God. And that is not and will never be a good thing. There is an enormous pressure to become examples - or exemplars - to the point of becoming hostages to the opinions of men about us. These are bondages and have nothing to do with the freedom that Christ gives us. No one may wish to shine at God's expense. The attitude of those who are sovereignly used by God has an enormous influence on the direction of the eyes of all who witness any accomplishment. When Jesus did a work, people's praise to God was immediate and spontaneous. "And immediately he received his sight, and followed Him, glorifying God. And all the people, when they saw it, gave praise to God", Lk.18:43. It all depends on the attitude and sincerity of who God uses in this regard. "He will surely rebuke you If you secretly show partiality", Job 13:10.

  94. There is no obedience unless we know what the loving intentions and goals of God are concerning us. Talking about obedience when you don't know what the purpose and scope of God's words are is an utopia. For example: Jesus healed the ten lepers by telling them to show themselves to the priests. As soon as they turned to go to the priests, they were healed. That was the purpose and not that they should go to the priests at that point. One of them returned and did not go to the priests. Did he disobey Jesus by returning to glorify God? This 'disobedient' foreigner was the only one who was praised by Jesus. They were not healed when they showed themselves to the priests, but when they turned to go there. They could show themselves later, since the purpose of Jesus' words for them was that they take that step of faith which led them to healing. Nobody would go to the priests unless he was completely healed and, before they turned to go, they were not healed yet.

  95. When there is a doctrinal dispute between believers or any other dispute where two sides are created instead of a union, choosing one of the sides is to enter that dispute.

  96. People are born with a natural ability to imitate and to assimilate. That's how children learn things. However, children can transform what they see into a heart thing, while grownups who already have a formed personality need to separate themselves from their respective capsules, as if it were a shuttle. "I did away with the things of an infant", 1Cor.13:11. For what reason? Because, the child's inner being manages to transform what he learns into a heart thing through assimilation. An adult, however, with his already formed personality becomes a hypocrite if he tries that. So, the things of God need to be worked from the inner side of each man, making him a new nature by which he must stick and be guided. God guides a new creature and never any creature. He teaches a new creature. Now, this new nature is only generated by the Creator's intimate approach to the creature by His Spirit. And that nature can only be maintained, guided and used in the fullness of the Holy Spirit to the extent that He can permanently dwell in that creature. If not, the "believing" creature will become an obstacle to the true Gospel because the world can spot a hypocritical believer from a distance - something that other like-minded believers do not see because they are alike. Equals don't distinguish between themselves - they stick together. In the same way that an imitator or hypocrite is easily detected by others, a pretended believer easily sees the sins of others and judges them. This believer judges because he has those sins he sees in others, in whatever degree or form they may have them. So, here is something we can say: the person of the world will always be the first to see a hypocritical believer; and the believer, whose nature is an imitation of the new one, will see and judge any person in the world because he has the same sins, of which he becomes aware because he is a worldly believer. "But the end of the commandment is love out of a pure heart, and a good conscience, and faith unfeigned", 1Tim.1:5.

  97. I learned throughout my life that we should have life instead of learning a lifestyle; that we should follow the Lord instead of following a cultural way of living. It is very easy to learn what others do or to take the steps that others take, to assimilate manners and behaviours. However, it is very different to have a real life and to live in conformity with that life. To walk according to life, according to the light (the light is the eternal and constant interior life in us), to walk according to what we are or what we have become through true and real workings of God (not fictitious, worked by a truly consolidated, branded work within us) is very different from gaining cultural manners and aptitudes learned over the years of living with the holy ones. Today, I am very surprised when people claim that they are taught by the Spirit when they have not reached the full life that God promised. "These are those setting themselves apart, animal-like ones, not having the Spirit", Jud.1:19.

  98. "For we write no other things to you than what you read or recognize (acknowledge)", 2Cor.1:13. We can acknowledge only what we already know. This means that the Word of God, the truth, is confirmed in the hearts of the sincere ones when they hear it. There is an inner working of the word beforehand, it is, before it can be heard. For that reason, there is an acknowledgment, an agreement within the sincere ones about any word that, for some reason, is asleep, forgotten, started or devoid of due attention within us for lack of experience in listening to the voice of God and to believe it. If we can recognize a word from God, it is because that word, before it has been heard, was already very close to us - in our hearts. Therefore, it is necessary to have a hardness in the heart, a hellish and deliberate resistance for someone to be able to deny a word that is recognized from within. It is sad when "wisdom cries outside; she utters her voice in the streets", Prov.1:20. This saving wisdom must be crying out from the inside. If it is crying out in the outside only, something is very wrong with us.

  99. "To know There are translations that, due to the lack of similar words in the language into which it is translated, cannot explain the full meaning of certain expressions and, therefore, we need to use many words and sentences to explain better in our own language what is put in one word in the original. This verse should be understood more or less as follows: "To know wisdom = (gain skill, know how to perform, know how to practice, make practical and simple) and instruction = (punishment, rebuke, warning, correction); understand the words of prudence = (of knowledge, of understanding, the explanation of practice)". First of all, it is necessary to learn, or even relearn, the practical life of holiness, knowing how to walk in a perverse world as if we were living and walking in heaven, that is, here on earth as in heaven. And one should not try to walk in this life without God. The walk must be with Him, as we always get used to walking alone, doing it alone, deciding it for ourselves and doing it for ourselves. But now, in addition to holiness, everything needs to be done with God, through Him, for Him. God will never walk with someone who does not walk with Him - nor he who can't walk with Him - and whose life with God does not become practical. Knowing how to walk in the light is the first step towards understanding things, that is, the perception of truth. By living with God, we must walk with Him and not be stopped at crossroads of thoughts and knowledge. Walking is what is asked to be able understand things. It is not the other way around, that is, many want to know before they walk. And nothing in the holy mountain of God works that way. If knowing things was enough for us to walk, it means that we would not need God to walk since we would be able to do everything ourselves, just by knowing how things work. And the flesh is not able to walk in the Spirit, since the flesh and the Spirit are and will always be incompatible, having an eternal enmity between them. God will never allow the flesh to operate in His Temple. That temple is you. Secondly, when we are rebuked, warned, corrected (when we receive instruction), it becomes necessary to understand and know the pattern of God with us individually and personally. It becomes necessary to understand and apprehend why or for which reasons we are reprimanded, warned or instructed and in what way. In this way, we can try to cooperate with God in the same direction, becoming co-workers with Christ, thus avoiding being His opponents without realizing it. Knowing this, we can cooperate with God by accepting cheerfully and heartily any and all kinds of corrections. However, let us take into account that God corrects a life and not a knowledge. Knowledge will come through a life that is made practical. "If anyone wills to do His will (in a practical way), he shall know..." John 7:17. Once we can turn our living with God practical, we will be able to understand things. And walking with God in a practical and real way is only possible by walking in compatibility and unison with God and His Spirit in an equally real way (something that will prevent the flesh from operating in any way). "Can two walk together, unless they are agreed?" Amos 3:3. And, finally, "to understand the words of prudence/to perceive the words of understanding (of knowledge, of knowledge, of understanding)". The knowledge of God has its own language, it has a way of speaking and expressing itself that needs to be learned, grasped and understood. But, all this becomes possible only when our life WITH GOD becomes practical. Knowledge is only possible in a post-practice of eternal life within. Understanding comes after or with practice. When the flesh operates, the knowledge comes first and the flesh is able to transform what it learns into its own experience, perspective and hypocritical convenience. But, God's things work the other way around. First comes practical living or, at the very least, the uncontrollable will to turn practical that eternal and constant life that God gives us from within - if He has given it to us indeed.

  100. "And as many as were ordained to eternal life, believed", Act.13:48. It is not good to accept certain concepts, doctrines or teachings that are current in the churches, even if they are true and infallible. Questioning and allowing the truth to speak for itself is so necessary that the value of it cannot be fully evaluated. When we confront a truth, that same truth starts to confront us. If we confront a lie in our heart, the truth will shine out brightly. This verse above has a very different meaning from what appears at first sight, which does not become clear and evident unless we "confront" it in a sober and objective manner. In fact, it has nothing to do with the doctrine of predestination, as many would wish. In the original, the word "ordained" means prepared, put in order, ready to be conceived or in the correct position (to be born). Babies must be in the correct position to be born when their time has come to see the light. In this case, saying that they were ordained to eternal life, we could say that they were "in order" (properly ordained) to be born into that life, that is, in a position to go out and see the light. Eternal life is found here and now - not after death. That they were destined to be born, everyone already knew from the first moments that the pregnancy became evident. But, they could only be born only when found in the correct position. This is what is said in this verse. In this case, saying that they were ordained to eternal life, we could say that they were "in order" (properly ordained) to be born into that life, that is, in a position to go out and see the light. Eternal life is found here and now - not after death. "And to him who orders his conduct aright I will show the salvation of God", Ps.50:23.

  101. If sex was that big a need (biologically speaking), then, everyone would have those problems perverts have. However, sex is just what it is, no more than that. It doesn't grant what sin says it does. It also makes you believe and act as if a woman or a man is an object and not a person, an object made for your pleasure. Any woman or man is your neighbour and should be seen as a person made carefully and tenderly by the hands of God. You cannot treat her or him as a thing. And that is what promiscuous sex makes you do, think and act like. That sort of sex is an illusion and doesn't give you more than the portion it was created for. Besides, urges and temptations about 'sex' (lying sex) use circumstances to grip you. It uses disappointments, sadness, feelings of being bored, tiredness, sleeplessness, loneliness, dissatisfaction about anything, guilt, annoyances and many things which takes hold of your mind with some power and insistence to lead you into transgression. It uses any sort of morbid strain to pop up into your mind using arguments against which you won't argue due to the vulnebirility of the moment you are going through. It makes you its own object as well. An object is a slave. It handles you as it wishes and manipulates or uses you to face its appetites at chosen moments - if not continually - by taking full hold of your mind and thoughts. It also creates a mindset, a way of thinking and of believing, a culture, a building from which you cannot escape by believing there is no other way to live or that there is nothing outside or beyond that mindset. Habits take hold and manipulate you and your mind as they wish inside that sort of culture and, consequently, your actions as well. It can be drugs, sex, homosexuality or whatever is at hand and upsets you. Homosexuality is what it is because one gives in to it and starts believing that is the way he or she is. Homosexuality or any other sort of perversion is nothing but a lack of acceptance of what normal sex is. And it is a lie you can escape from. And that sort of slavery has ways to make you believe that you are chronically doomed. And it isn't true - it can't be with God around and living truth close by.