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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. Strange fire exists in more situations and occurs more often than we can imagine. When God begins to truly work, it is very easy for anyone to try to imitate God in what He does and operates, thinking that this is the way to go. For example, if God convinces someone of sin and that person publicly confesses the sins he is convicted about because he cannot live a second longer under that conviction, those who attend may insist that all sins be confessed. Yet, it cannot be done without the conviction that a very serious crime has been committed by sinning against God or against people. It is very easy to try to impersonate God in the lives of others and even in our own lives. It is very sad and very dangerous when we are not aware of this form of idolatrous way to go about things. It's difficult to be aware of it. Replacing God has never brought anything good. It is one thing to act in His name, to join and gather with Him in total obedience; another is to replace His operations and presence with imitations of something that could exist in heaven or on earth. A representative of God will never be a substitute of Him. To be there in God's name, is to be there with God and it is not the same as to be there instead of God. Always remember that the devil fell down wanting to be God or like God. And he fell being a very dear angel and with a high status in the heavens. To substitute His operations is to work without God and to work without God is to work against Him. "The one who is not with Me is against Me, and the one who does not gather with Me scatters", Mat.12:30.

  2. "I have told you before it happens, so that when it happens you might believe", John 14:29. Our concept or our idea of ​​what faith really is has changed a lot since the day we started having our own ideas about the subject. Here, Jesus gives us another view or another facet of faith: to believe when it happens. Many say that one must believe so it may happen and Jesus says that we must be in such a spiritual state of improved communion with Him that when something happens which He has told us, we can believe and not doubt. Faith has a lot to do with the reality of things that are not seen - or that are not yet seen. However, we must believe in the truth and the truth, in God, also means the reality of things and the working out of them. If it doesn't become real, it is false. If it does not become real and it is not false, the believer is not the believer that he thinks he is and, probably, he is not fulfilling the conditions that what God said would happen. His words must be fulfilled. We must make sure that all conditions are fully met so that Scripture can be fulfilled. People like to congratulate themselves, they like to cheer themselves up or even convince themselves about anything they desire. That gives them a good mood to carry on as always. But, this mood is false. Paul said he was convinced by God to the point that he could not deny anything that was happening to him. God needs to confirm His works, He needs to confirm the believer, He needs to confirm and bless the whole of the work of His hands. If we are unbelieving, doubts shall arise when that happens. And this must be said about anything that happens, either good or bad. Samuel mourned and kept his sadness about Saul's falling down and God reprimanded him for that. He acted as something strange was happening. "And the Lord said unto Samuel, How long wilt thou mourn for Saul, seeing I have rejected him from reigning over Israel?" 1Sam.16:1. Didn't Samuel know that His words would be fulfilled? "If you do not obey the voice of the Lord, then the hand of the Lord will be against you", 1Sam.12:15. When things happen as God said they would, we should never act or feel as if something strange is happening, and neither should we marvel about anything.

  3. God does not stop to explain words and phrases that are difficult to understand because He reveals or will reveal their meaning spiritually. It must come by revelation and not by explanation. But, whenever humans receive this wisdom or revelation, they marvel as if something extraordinary is happening to them. It is not God's fault that people marvel at the little God does, for whoever marvels and who disbelieves are one and the same. One is never apart from the other. "Men, Israelites (believers), why do you marvel at this?" Act.3:12. That is a question that should be answered in all truth. Search for the reason why you marvel at God's works. Jonathan Edwards said something like this: "I resolved that every time I practice a visibly bad action, I will analyze it until I reach its original cause and then I will make every effort not to repeat it, as well as to fight and pray, with all my strength, against what caused it".

  4. "If one walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him", John 11:10. This means that a person stumbles only if he has no light within him or if he walks when having no light. If you have light, you won't trip and stumble. The point is not found in the effort not to stumble, but to gain light and to walk in it continually as long as it is there. When there is no light, one should not walk.

  5. "They will by no means follow a stranger, but will flee from him", John 10:5. I just find it strange that many today hear the stranger's voice and do not run away. Are they really sheep? They hear the voice of the world, novels, movies, temptations, and do not run away. "But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness", 1Tim.6:11.

  6. "Jesus said, I am the Light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life", John 8:12. It is in utmost interest to note something in these words: Jesus did not say that whoever comes to Him will not walk in darkness, but whoever follows Him. "If you continue in My Word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free", John 8:31,32. Of course, no one can follow Him without first coming to Him. But each and every thing comes in its time and place. All in their own sequence. And in order for someone to follow Jesus, he needs to see him act, such must be the closeness and communion with Him. "I can do nothing of My own self. As I hear, I judge (...) I do nothing of Myself, but as My Father has taught Me, I speak these things (...) speak to the world those things what I heard of Him (...) Whatever I speak, even as the Father said to Me, so I speak", John 8:26,28; 5:30; 12:50. In Jesus' time on earth, people saw him and did not want to follow him; Today, people say they want to follow him, but they don't want to see him or accept Him as He really is. How can we follow Him without truly seeing Him and without observing Him doing as well?

  7. "I judge no one", John 8:15. There is a very wrong concept among believers about judging and what it is all about. Jesus said (affirmed) that He judges no one. However, He convinces everyone of sin. He told the Pharisees that they were hypocrites and, according to His word, He was not judging them; He told Peter that He was Satan or that the devil spoke for him; he called thieves and robbers to those who negotiated in the temple, among many other things he said and did. However - if Jesus spoke the truth saying that He judges no one - how can we understand all this that He did and said? It is obvious that telling the truth about existing sins anywhere in order to convince all those who believe they are righteous to save them from sin can never be considered as judging and rather as a saving attitude — or even as keeping the Gospel intact and out of the hands of the unclean. A doctor who gives a correct diagnosis is not judging anyone, but is trying to cure by being accurate in his diagnosis. "And yet if I do judge, My judgment is true; for I am not alone, but I and the Father who sent Me", John 8:16.

  8. Appearance is the main rival for transparency. To walk in the light is to be transparent and the root of humility is to be what we truly are before God and people. People create an appearance through which they live daily and they still perfect that appearance day in and day out. The more they do that, the further they are from transparency and humility. This appearance is not just physical appearance, but it can be a smile, a good work, or even the opposite of it. Let us be bold enough to transform our whole hearts by the power of grace and be what we truly are without any other appearance which cause people to look away from what we really are. The main point is that people believe more in their appearance than in the work which God can perform within them. They are true to their appearance and not to God, since they desire to believe in their own abilities rather than to believe in Christ or to trust Him for His inner work, "being confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Jesus Christ", Phil.1:6.

  9. "My doctrine is not Mine, but His who sent Me", John 7:16. How wonderful would it be if many could say the same thing. Today, preachers put their doctrines in the front, proclaim and insist on them from the pulpit and forget what God would say under their circumstances. What counts today is the doctrine of each and not the word of truth about the Gospel and the people and their hearts. "If anyone desires to do His will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it is of God", John 7:17. And this is what happens to all those who can get to the point of performing all God's will through the power of grace: they will know where their doctrine comes from, whether it comes from God, from their wishes and convenience or from hell. Here, what counts is God and not the doctrine. "He who speaks of himself (or of his own doctrine) seeks his own glory", John 7:18. This is a fact against which no one can argue in the face of God - even if it resembles seeking the honour of the Lord. And, according to Jesus, the only true people are those who seek the glory of God with their whole heart. They are true in heart and pure in motive. "He who seeks the glory of Him who sent Him is true, and no unrighteousness is in Him", John 7:18.

  10. "Lord, give us this bread all the time", John 6:34. Like the Samaritan woman who asked for "that water" so she would never have to go back to Jacob's well, these men asked for earthly bread never to go hungry again. It is truly strange that people do not know what they are asking for when they ask. Even today, people try to console themselves with bread that does not feed and water that does not quench thirst. They ask for earthly bread and carnal water to last forever or once and for all. They ask God as if what they understand and want is what God wants or means. It is very bad to live with a deceptive heart, which can alter God's words and turn spiritual messages into carnal messages. Whenever a heart does not change through a living message, it tries to change or adapt the message to his aspirations and best wishes. Even today, the words of God are given a different meaning and many added to His word as if nothing serious is going on. It is added and removed from the word of God without changing the written letter - without changing a comma of it. That can happen with anyone who seeks a fleshly Jesus. We may even stand before Jesus, be confronted by Him and, even so, not understand. We may be seeing Him as He is without ever wanting Him that way. "I told you that you have seen me, yet you do not believe", John 6:36. May God preserve us from such a mindset! A mindset that comes to God to marry, to eat, to drink, to prosper, and never to be saved from sin with the sole purpose of being able to live and commune with Him night and day for the person that He really is and that for all eternity and not just for a moment.

  11. "Truly, truly, I say to you, He who hears My Word and believes on Him who sent Me has everlasting life and shall not come into condemnation, but has passed from death to life", John 5:24. There is no doctrine more misunderstood on this subject, which all churches assume today. But, I will not dwell on doctrinal errors. I will try to explain this truth. Eternal life begins here and now. It is a constant, permanent life, without ups and downs and it is endless. The word "eternal" means just that: constant, permanent, and abiding. It starts here, on earth. Those who have it will know what it means to have abundant life - something that only a tiny minority of believers have. The descent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost was the descent of Eternal Life. That life is true, real, and takes possession of every being who truly has it. Now, if anyone has this life, he can believe in Jesus because He is that life. The believer already has this life in order to believe. He does not come into condemnation because this life has nothing reprehensible. The believer has his life totally changed and came out of death (which he considered life) and entered genuine life. It is through this life that he is able to believe in Jesus. His Spirit, His essence is eternal life and brings forth fruit. Faith is fruit. "And this is eternal life: to know you, the only true God, and the one whom you sent-Jesus Christ", John 17:3. Having this is to experience and to enjoy the very essence of God in a real manner. It is obvious that if one entered this life, what one considered life (but is in essence the beginning of eternal death) ceases to exist. One goes out of a life form (a death form, as it were) into true life. And it is this life that enables us to believe in Jesus the way we should. There are those who 'believe' in Jesus in a carnal way, something that is idolatrous. It is not faith that brings life, but true life that brings faith. It is not the egg that gives the chicken, but the chicken that gives the egg. True faith is the fruit of the Spirit and it is not the Spirit that is the fruit of faith. When people find themselves separated from God by some sin, the faith that exists is a shipwrecking faith. But it does exist, though wrecked, (1Tim.1:19). And it is with this sunken faith that most believers live and sing in today's churches. However, this faith is not the faith that comes to us from eternal life, since sin separates that person from that life. Wrecked faith is the fruit of eternal death within those who do not live and experience God in a real and true way or ceased to do so. Whoever has eternal life left his previous life, that is, he came out of the death that he considered life. If you have left the world and sin because you have entered into a true life of holiness through a real living with God in the Spirit, who has taken full possession of your whole being, you can no longer live the old 'life'. If you live it, you leave true life to live in death. Who can understand these things? Only those who truly experience or have experienced the true essence of Eternal Life in a genuine way. Whoever has never tried it will never understand it this way. And those who have never experienced genuine life create suitable doctrines to supply the flesh with suitable and desirable explanations, to keep its carnal and mortal longing for survival. This is why today's churches are hardened, some of which are as hard as steel.

  12. "Many believed in His name. But Jesus did not commit Himself to them, because He knew all", John 2:23,24. Many (the great majority of people) are content to believe in Jesus. But we must and can get to the point where Jesus can trust us and commits Himself to any of us. It is not easy to grant your own life in someone else's hands. And that is what Jesus does when He gives us His Spirit in the promised abundance. Are you trustworthy? Can God entrust His own essence and name to you? He will not entrust His own life (the Holy Spirit) in the hands of people He does not trust because His Spirit is His very essence. We read that "God placed in Eden the man He had formed". Now, man was created and formed - not just created. Even today it works the same way: if God does not form the preacher - even if he is born again - if God does not create and then form the believer, he will never be placed in any spiritual Eden. If such a person obtains some place of leadership, stewardship, or even be a simple witness not having been formed by God, such will be considered as one who has jumped the wall into the sheep fold.

  13. "Behold an Israelite indeed in whom is no guile!", John 1:47. There are certain attitudes or even characteristics that humans resent, but which Jesus appreciates. One is to have no guile, to speak straight forward without half words. Jesus likes to get straight to the point. It is good that we become aware of this if we, indeed, wish to be pleasant to God.

  14. "Born again". This term has become kind of a slang in the mouth of all believers and the vast majority of people do not know what it means. Being born again means being born in another life where the old one has to have an immediate end. "All things have become new", 2Cor.5:17. If something of the old life persists or survives, whether it be by some sinning or the way it operates and does things (the means of the flesh), the person is not in another life. If you are found in sin and have been born again, you may have died at birth or somewhat after that. The term "new" also contains something to understand. It is divine, pure and innocent. And this happens with repentance and confession of every sin, which leads to conversion. I do not worry about being born again, but rather about repenting and abandoning the old life, its way of operating, its carnal force seizing the new weapons of light and the Spirit. Grace is the very power of God.

  15. "Unless a man is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God", John 3:3. Entering the Kingdom of God may not yet mean being reigned by God. Everything is new in this reign, including the way we live and are reigned by the power of grace instead of being ruled by the power of the flesh and of ideas and thoughts. Now, to be born again is only to be born to see this kingdom. It is nothing more than being born into it. To see this earthly world we must be born into it. But that does not mean that we will be useful in it. To see it we must be born in it. For - in the future - to live in it, we must be born in it at first. In this way to be born again works the same way. We must be born again if we wish to see the kingdom of God one day. Being born again is nothing more than being born into it.

  16. Every man has a heart, a way of being, personality and essence hidden within him. Christ's message comes to transform the heart. But if the message enter into man, and the heart is not changed; and if the man in question likes the message that did not transform him, surely he will transform the message in the long run. Either the message transforms the heart, or the heart transforms the message. Nothing will be the same once we hear the true message: either the heart changes or a false believer, a false preacher, a heretic, that is, an antichrist is born. You cannot avoid one or the other to happen. Those are the two main consequences of the proclamation of the true gospel.

  17. "In Him was life, and the life was the light of men", John 1:4. We must know that light illuminates, reveals, shows everything as it truly is. Nothing is hidden in our hearts if true light truly shines and if we allow it to happen that way. The life of fullness is that light and it shines within as "the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual", 1Cor.2:13. Whoever does not have this life in the promised fullness will not have light, will live blind in darkness. In addition to being blind, you will live in an environment of total darkness - even if you believe you see. One lives in a pitch black environment and is blind as well, having a double darkness. In our small measure, we also become light if the fullness of life is really able to remain within us. A lamp not only lights within, but lights around it. And there is light that dazzles and another whose aim is to illuminate. If our light dazzles, we are not illuminating the way we should. And those who feel dazzled should look around to see better and not look directly into the light. No one looks straight at the sun to feel enlightened.

  18. "You are the ones who justify yourselves", Lk.16:15. It is very difficult to find someone who does not justify himself. In the world, every person likes to believe every good thing will happen to him. However, few realize that there are two worlds: the one of the mind and the world of practical reality. The worldly mindset exists in every person. It is very easy to cover our eyes to eternal death by believing we will have eternal life; or to believe that God and the world go together when we love the world; etc. But, we must know that we must be justified by God and never through our own opinion about us or with our own efforts to convince our hearts about something that is not testified by God. When man strives to become good and neglects the power of grace, he is able to change his appearance only. And it is this appearance that can influence our opinion about ourselves, along with what we wish to happen to us. Our opinion of ourselves, whether good or bad, is always suspicious. Let us allow God to speak out about us, He Who knows the hearts of all. Justification - true justification - comes from God. It is He who straightens from the heart and, once the inside is clean, the outside will be just as clean. And if He is the one to justify (to make upright), "Who shall lay anything to the charge of God's elect"? Rom.8:33. Let us allow God to justify or even to condemn because even when He is condemning His intention is to save.

  19. "Truly, I say to you that a rich man will with great difficulty enter into the kingdom of Heaven", Mat.19:23. When it comes to the Kingdom of Heaven, everyone believes that it is life after death. But nothing can be further from the truth. The Kingdom comes from Heaven and is the same as Heaven's, but it happens here on earth - it starts here, just as eternal life. Moreover, if it does not happen now, it will never happen. The Kingdom of God or Kingdom of Heaven is where God reigns without any resistance from whom He reigns. Incidentally, without resistance is to say little: it happens that one wants to be guided, desires deeply to be reigned and becomes fully and voluntarily active in that reign. This Kingdom operates from within. "The kingdom of God is within you", Lk.17:21. So, we need to know that being reigned by God is something for some, even though it is destined for all. It is a tremendous privilege to go so far as to be truly reigned by God from within, to the point that we long to be His alone. And it is in this kingdom that few enter for many and varied reasons. Few enter this Kingdom.

  20. "But in vain they worship Me", Mat.15:9. It is possible to worship the Living God, the real One, in vain. God is not bought off by worshipping Him.

  21. A friend of mine passed away. He knew the truth better than many, preached, helped the missionaries, and yet, committed suicide. These are things I don't understand. How is it possible for someone to reach this point knowing that he will never leave the hell he knows exists? Then, I began to think about suicide and it was not long before my thoughts led me to think about spiritual suicide because the other one I cannot explain. How many people look at each other's wife, the pretty girl on the street, their neighbour's car or house without realizing they are committing spiritual suicide? At the end of my thoughts I concluded that it is so easy to commit suicide because most suicides are not that obvious. It is true that we commit suicide by imagining sin and by looking at the things of the world, its movies and novels, its intrigues and gossip. It is a pity that many do not realize the seriousness of sin or that the act of loving the world is suicidal. "If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him", 1John 2:15.

  22. "Woe to those wise in their own eyes, and bright in their own sight!" Is.5:21. We can also say without being wrong: "Woe to those who are believers in their own eyes, and it is not God who bears witness about them"!

  23. "Jesus said to him, I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life; no one comes to the Father but by Me", John 14:6. We cannot ignore or overlook the fact that Jesus said this to already formed disciples, although many use this verse for people who belong to other religions and beliefs. The word "way" means the way or the means; "Truth" means more than just truth. It means reality, truth - something that needs to become real. We cannot separate reality of experience from truth. When things do not work or do not come to fruition, Jesus is not being the truth to us; the same can be said when He does not become abundant, real, true and exclusive life for us. There is a danger that, as we acknowledge or hear the truth, we will try to practice it without the means of Jesus and without the power of grace - which we must always hope for. Those means are "the way". "Hope to the end for the grace", 1Pet.1:13. If not achieved through the power of grace, all is in vain and possibly idolatrous. And if grace does not make it real, that is, if the power of God is not at work, we cannot seek other means to accomplish what God has refused to do - or has not yet done. And if God does, it also means that we ourselves can be very active and involved in His workings.

  24. "Hope to the end for the grace (that was to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ)", 1Pet.1:13. There is no greater source of discouragement than that frustration of failing to do or to accomplish. Learning to depend, to live, and to enjoy the power of grace is essential to avoid giving up the good way. When we cease to depend on the power of the flesh - in whatever form it may appear - we come to a crossroad, for to cease to depend on the flesh is not yet to live by grace. Inactivity is not and never will be living by the grace or power of God. "For the weapons of our warfare are not fleshly, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds", 2Cor.10:4. And it is precisely at this crossroad where one must lay down the weapons of the flesh and learn to yield, take up and use the weapons of light and grace. This is where many give up, turn to other doctrines and explanations, or perish. "Let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light", Rom.13:12. We cannot stand still when rejecting the weapons and works of the flesh. We must learn to recognize, use well, and handle all weapons of light and grace with full success with discernment or discouragement will be at our doorstep.

  25. "Let such who love thy salvation say continually, Let God be magnified", Sal.70:4. Few assume or acknowledge the fact that our salvation magnifies God. God does not get bigger than He already is by saving us, but His fame and name must become equal to what He is.

  26. "Let them be ashamed and turned pale, those who seek after my soul", Ps.70:2. We must not forget that any persecution, evil or injustice on the part of the devil is aimed or is exclusively aimed at stealing someone's soul. He does this both through deceit and through the harm he causes. Never allow your soul to be stricken by sin, because the devil is trying to hunt you down and he might find the occasion for it in your sinning. Sin separates from God and that is the occasion the devil is looking for with eagerness. Besides, the kind of shame the Psalmist is asking here lies in the fact that nothing is found in him which may destroy his soul.

  27. "Let not those who wait for You, O Lord God of hosts, be ashamed because of me; Let not those who seek You be confounded because of me, O God of Israel", Ps.69:6. It is necessary to understand how much damage any scandal can cause to the work, glory of God and the souls that belong to the Lord. We know that, sometimes, it is impossible to prevent someone from being scandalized by our living with God or any of our heavenly attitudes. It is good, therefore, to know that there are 'scandals' that glorify God and scandalize people; and there are other scandals that scandalize people and God; and that there are scandals that glorify people and scandalize God and angels. Besides, we don't exist to please people. We exist to be pleasant to God continually. And if we don't please people and please God, there will always be something that scandalizes someone. However, we must bear in mind that both the devil and the world seek something plausible and true in our lives and conducts to scandalize or smear filth to the name of God, or to denigrate the true Gospel with some sort of aversion to it. For this reason, we must always walk with God, and with our whole life in the light - night and day. The hidden person is always hyper-aware of himself, always covering his heart because he was born into a world where the culture is hiding and covering the action, motive and the heart. Therefore, for God's name's sake, we must walk clean in bright light, where that light allows nothing to be hidden, covered, or invisible. We read, however, that David went much further: "I restored what I did not steal"; "Because for Your sake I have borne reproach", Ps.69:4,7. Those who are truly innocent do not resent each other when they are falsely accused, for they know that they are always being judged by God every moment by His light, walking in it the way He walks in it, and as He walks with us.

  28. When something absorbs us and attracts us by subduing (robbing) our attention and concentration of our duty to be with God's Word in prayer, we may incur the danger of mentally forcing ourselves to concentrate while our hearts are absent and far away from what we pretend to do or to be. It is true - and it will always be true - that our whole heart must be involved in anything we do for God or with God. Therefore, we need to keep in mind that we must be able to have or obtain a heart available for this very important task of placing ourselves under the purging, admonition, exhortation, teaching, and instruction of God's Word. Our heart (and not just our mind) must be present in such a way "that when he comes and knocks we may open to him immediately", Lk.12:36.

  29. "The destruction of transgressors and of sinners shall be together, and those who forsake the Lord shall be consumed", Is.1:28. There is a 'madness' or disease among most believers who say that they can transgress and walk with the Lord simultaneously. From this verse we can acknowledge that the way of transgression is the reverse (opposite) of walking with the Lord.

  30. Whenever we perform a task or do something, any motive behind that work becomes clear. It is easier to hide the work than the reason. What motivates any action always transpires and will always be in the foreground and any work is evaluated according to what the motives are. Even in the eyes of the world works are valued that way. If you perform things for the glory of God, it shall transpire and when you wish to save yourself for the sake of self only, it will show as well.

  31. "Hear his now, O foolish people, Without understanding, Who have eyes and see not, And who have ears and hear not", Jer.5:21. If someone has ears it is because he can hear; and if he has eyes it is because he can see. Therefore, being busy with other things, being consumed and concentrated on other matters and absorbing tasks, you will surely not hear as you should and will not see as you should. "Take heed how you hear"! Lk.8:18. There are many things that can suffocate and even exterminate the seed from our hearts. The wrong sadness, the wrong kind of joy, anger, desires, other beliefs, religiosity, being otherwise, the wrong mood - whether it be good or bad mood - earthly and hopeless affairs and so many other things can make those who have ears not hear, and those who have eyes not see the end (and the reason) of things.

  32. "They have lied about the Lord, And said, "It is not He. Neither will evil come upon us, Nor shall we see sword or famine", Jer.5:12. There are many ways to deny the Lord. Peter denied Jesus for fear of dying and being tortured; the Pharisees denied Christ because they could not read the signs of the times; and, here, we see that someone can deny Jesus when He knocks and is not recognized, "It is not Him"! Certainly it is also possible to be denying Jesus when a stranger knocks on the door and we say, "It's Him." To accept strangers in His name is to deny Him, just as it is to deny Him whenever it is He knocking and we assume it is not Him. "You yourselves be like men who wait for their master, when he will return from the wedding, that when he comes and knocks they may open to him immediately", Lk.12:36.

  33. "Cease from anger, and forsake wrath; Do not fret — it only causes harm", Ps.37:8. It is not only fury and anger that must be wiped out of our lives. Laziness, sloppiness, negligence, impatience, dissatisfaction, and many other things we can consider as the roots and embryos for all types of anger must be brought to extermination by the power of Christ's cross. Anger does not come from nothing. it has a source in the depths of the human heart, reasons that are often hidden to the spiritual eye, being hidden in all secrecy and in secret places. Secret sins or secret sinfulness breed other obvious sins. It is, therefore, necessary to deal with both the source of anger as with anger itself, which can customize anyone in the long run. To deal only against anger is healing something very superficially. We should know that anger does not come from nowhere. It has roots, causes and reasons which are easily turned into rights for those who feed or restrain their anger. Anger is a camouflaged defence of rights that have never been handed over to Christ. When we give ourselves to Christ truly, we deliver any and all rights that we may think we have in this world and hereafter. There are no longer rights under the cross of Christ. To deal only against anger is to ignore its causes and origins, smothering it and keeping it within what we consider their reasonable boundaries. Are all kinds of anger bad? No, not all anger is bad. We must know that there is a holy wrath, which must remain untouchable. Not even holiness is without its causes, roots and origins in the love for the glory of God. And holy wrath has its origins in the love for God and His glory. It was that kind of love and zeal that led Jesus to take a whip to drive negotiators away from His house of prayer. This type of anger must remain untouched. One 'good' thing about anger is that the reasons for it are always transparent. However, an angry person is always very slow to recognize its sinfulness because anger is a defence of the rights we think we have. But, outsiders see the motives easily, and to them what motivates it is quite clear. It is not easy to hide from others the reasons why one is angry. For that same reason, holy wrath does not need to be explained and does not have to redeem itself with apologies. To ask for forgiveness, in this case, would be to be sinning and transgressing.

  34. There is a direct link between people's (open-eyed) dreams and dissatisfaction and anxiety. And many still speak of "God's dreams" as if God dreamed or is restless! Dreamers are disturbed people dissatisfied with God and with what they already have. A dreamer will never cease to be a dreamer unless he repents of it. Even when he has achieved everything he has dreamed about he will keep on dreaming because he has created the habit of daydreaming. The culture or habit will live on with him.

  35. Any thing that can take hold of man, his senses, his temperance or his stillness is a hindrance to true wisdom. In fact, it creates an insurmountable barrier to the entry of true wisdom and makes foolishness remain in one's heart and life. These include anger, lust, worry, dreams and dissatisfaction, and everything that consumes and takes possession of the soul. "Do not hasten in your spirit to be angry, For anger rests in the bosom of fools", Ecl.7:9. Anger consumes the senses of any person and takes all the tools that wisdom needs to teach, rebuke, admonish and settle in the heart, such as imagination, insight, quietness and so many other things necessary to it. So, when we ask God for wisdom, we are indirectly asking for a quiet heart, a clear conscience under any circumstances. It is not possible to make one wise in God's true ways without anticipating or simultaneously meeting all the necessary requirements for this wisdom to be established in a permanent and eternal way. "Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom. But if you have bitter envy and self-seeking in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth. This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic. For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there. But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace", James 3:13-18. "For thus says the Lord to the men of Judah and Jerusalem: Break up your fallow ground, And do not sow among thorns", Jer.4:3.

  36. "The priests did not say, 'Where is the Lord?' And those who handle the law did not know Me", Jer.2:8. Most believers are afraid to ask this question: "Where is the Lord"? They prefer to state that God is there, with them or in their circumstances. Anything else is taken as lack of faith. What they consider to be faith is an aberration of truth (or, should I say, an abomination), because they do not have God as real and neither for real. God, being real, manifests Himself in such a way that one needs not confuse His reality with fiction. When God reveals Himself in a place (or in a person) no one will ever be mistaken about it, and the words and statements about that reality become superfluous and unnecessary.

  37. Time and time and again, in the Bible, we stumble over the word "abomination" linked to some situation without understanding it very well. I believe this word refers to believers and not just to the world at large. When a truth-knowing believer, preacher, singer, or other in church does not have a heavenly personal life that is consistent with the true Gospel, that person becomes an abomination. In the world we have unbelievers and in the church we find abominable people.

  38. Every thing that can generate trust and faith in God can also generate distrust and lack of faith. "Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you", 1Pet.4:12. We cannot think that it is a strange thing to be tested whenever we are found in good terms with Jesus. And the testing of faith can purify it to to point of having it unfeigned and without hypocrisy. However, if we are not right with God or if we consider such testing a strange thing, we cannot say the same thing.

  39. "He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly", 2Cor.9:6. This truth is not applicable only in the material sphere. It also applies to the preacher who sows the word. Everything will depend on what you sow, how much you sow and on the quality of your seed. It is so sad to see how many pastors and preachers choose to preach continually on rocky soils, that is, to believers who hear the word for years on a row with so many people in the streets who need to hear it only once to be truly converted. Clean and healthy believers learn from God by practicing, not just by hearing the word. He who practices learns more, and he who has more will be given even more. Wisdom is gained from God, and the one who practices will receive more because God gives to the faithful who ask him. Let us always remember, however, that the exemplary life of any Christian is the best invitation card to genuine salvation and not their words.

  40. "Jesus said to them, "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you", John 6:53. It is necessary to have this life in ourselves, that is, to obtain a life that dominates us. But this life does not predominate in us in parallel with another form of life, that is, there is either one or the other. Many speak of dying to the world and the world dying to them. Eating from the flesh of Christ means dying for the world. However, many want to eat of His flesh unworthily. "But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup", 1Cor.11:28. No one enters into a reality of being truly, literally dead to the world and the world to him if he does not undergo a true and complete cleansing of each of his known sins. All known sins must be acknowledged and put aside. To pretend that we are dead to sin when we are not means we have been denied the access to that reality and, consequently, means we are trying to eat this supper unworthily. "And to him who orders his conduct aright I will show the salvation of God", Ps.50:23.

  41. "Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers", 2Cor.6:14. The word "yoked" needs to be taken into account and understood within its context. We can help, communicate the true Gospel, but we can never be caught in unequal yokes. Unequal yokes are not only those that imprison you through marriage, but can be unequal yokes through friendships, between family, friends, father and mother, at work, or through any other complicity. We must understand that once in Christ, inequality emerges clearly where everything is worldly, dishonest and unholy.

  42. The hardest fights I've ever gone through are God's fights within my heart with my heart; only now have I realized that. When I was struggling with God, it was God struggling with my heart, my motives, against my kind of power and knowledge.

  43. "Hear, all you people; listen, O earth, and its fullness; And let the Lord be witness against you (...) All this is because of the transgression of Jacob, and for the sins of the house of Israel", Mic.1:2,5. I know a song that goes more or less like this, "O Jerusalem, the sins of your people still darkens the sun", speaking of the darkness that occurred in broad daylight when Christ was crucified. It seems strange that the whole earth should suffer and be judged because of the sins of Israel. But, it is a fact. The world was supposed to be saved through Israel, just as the world is supposed to be saved by the lives of believers today. And Paul calls the leaders who crucified Christ as "princes of this world" and not just as princes of Israel. And today we see that the testimonies and lives of believers lead the world to greater destruction and darkness. O Christians, the whole earth will be judged because of your sins! Your sins do not allow true Light to shine brightly. Your testimonies are defiled and the earth despises the true Gospel because of the false gospels. Today's Christianity is a stain throughout the universe rather than a huge source of freeing, saving light. And if the earth will be judged because of these sins, imagine the judgment that will fall on today's believers! "For the time has come for the judgment to begin from the house of God", 1Pet.4:17.

  44. "And they shall walk up and down in His name, says the Lord", Zac.10:12. There are people who cannot walk in the name of God. They stumble and stumble under the name of God because they use His name in vain. They are able to walk only in their own name - even if they use God's name (in vain). The day must come for every believer when the cornerstone does not cause them to stumble and doubt but are lifted up through Him.

  45. "They comfort in vain (comfort through, with, by vanity); therefore they wandered like a flock", Zac.10:2. Often, people need something to be able to live on as they always live. Sometimes, they need to be comforted; sometimes encouraged; and, sometimes, corrected. But he who walks with God must be able to discern what kind of comfort, encouragement, or rebuke comes to him. If anything that makes you go on is not the Comforter's consolation, but is something human and carnal - something that is carnal imitation of what comes from heaven - we have already become human-dependent. God can speak and comfort through someone, but we need to get this confirmation from within. False ones receive glory, comfort, and exhortation from each other, so they go their way as if they were sheep in a flock - but they are not.

  46. "For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision", Titus 1:10. It seems as if Paul is talking about different people with different flaws or imperfections. But, in fact, it is the same person (s) with different behaviours, and whose behaviours which cooperate with each other. These flaws are inseparable. Any unordered person talks a lot; consequently, such become vain; and the pressuring need to settle down and promote themselves as a way to feel secure is the inevitable consequence that follows. Lets look at it in parts: a disordered life means someone who has not put, or has stopped putting, or has not kept his life in the light and ordered before God and, therefore, before his own eyes. "I have declared my ways (...) I thought on my ways (...) all my ways are before thee (...); You are acquainted with all my ways", Ps.119:26,59,168; Ps.139:3. "To him who orders his conduct aright I will show the salvation of God", Ps.50:23. Disordered people (in this sense) become talkative people and those who speak a lot hear very little - they are always busy speaking and who is busy with one thing cannot do anything else. Such become talking bubblers because they are unordered and speak about a little of everything - even what they never understood. As a result, such become vain people. When we speak of a vain person it means that he sings hymns, preaches, studies the Scriptures, but all in vain. This means that nothing he does - however much he does - means anything. It doesn't bring any true profit to real life and such are fooled with religiosity. That is why Paul mentions those of circumcision along with many others with any other kind of religiosity. They cannot help but become mislead and misleading. One of the most appealing and most common ways to feel assured is to gather disciples and listeners, as if it were the people and their opinions that give security and not the conviction and certainty generated from within by the Spirit of God. Everything that deceives man is a form of idolatry. Just as money and greed breeds a false security (which is a form of idolatry), there are other things that grant such false security in people, things such as the opinion of others, any sort of success and praise from others which is sought for the purpose of self assurance, among many other things.

  47. Abstention from any sin, addiction or lust, from the heart and thought, filling the void with the practice of truth, breaking any evil practice or addiction, also from the heart and thought, eliminates the sin of any life that has been filled with Holy Spirit. Those who walk and live filled with the Holy Spirit (as long as it is not only fiction and belief of illusion, lies or mere desire that it is so) are said to "abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul", 1Pet.2:11. That's the secret. Those who abstain and are indeed filled with the Spirit will be cleansed - truly cleansed - to the point of not even remembering the sin that bound and consumed them. This sin can be anything from anger to prostitution, from impatience to hatred and murder.

  48. "...By His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life", Titus 3:7. The heritage of which the whole New Testament speaks about is a heritage of nature, that is, of the nature of Christ, which we inherit when certain conditions are met. This inheritance begins here and now on earth, just like eternal life. Eternal life is an inner life, constant, permanent and without ups and downs. And it is according to the living and real hope that eternal life within us which gives us assurance of this inheritance - provided it is found in the promised abundance. We will not inherit later because Christ has already died (and is risen). If you have died, the time of to grant your inheritance is now. Now is the time to receive the inheritance and not later. We receive His nature here and now. Do you have this idea, notion or doctrine as to what the heritage of the saints really is? Do you have this inheritance in you? Did you get to it by now?

  49. "...Who suppose that godliness is a means of gain", 1Tim.6:5. Gain is godliness itself. Those who earn godliness have gained all there is to gain. God may add other things, but nothing He adds can be be considered as gain because it is not. All current doctrines of prosperity - with or without signs of prosperity - are a fallacy. Whoever feels fulfilled and satisfied with attained godliness and the holiness that comes by the grace and power of the Spirit, is a prosperous person. "Godliness with contentment is great gain", 1Tim.6:6. Even "the acknowledgment of the truth is according to godliness", Titus 1:1.

  50. "...Who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began", 2Tim.1:9. Many people preach that we are saved by grace. So far we are in agreement. However, in many it is nonetheless a preaching rather than a true and enormous realization of its reality. The point is that most who preach that we are saved by grace do not manifest these works completed by grace - if they ever truly began. Their preaching serves to become fruitless, stagnant and without the true action of grace becoming manifest and conclusive. Show them that they are saved by grace rather than just by preaching. This grace needs to be attained, intensely desired by someone who wants to learn to be alive and to live in another way and by having another way of touching true life and his true existence ahead. Grace is sought and found. "Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need", Heb.4:16.

  51. When Pharaoh sent Jacob's sons back to fetch their father and their families, he said, "Do not be concerned about your goods, for the best of all the land of Egypt is yours", Gen.45:20. Now if Joseph's brethren should not be concerned about their possessions in Canaan because they would receive the best of Egypt, imagine the evil done by all who cling to the things of the earth when professing heaven. Remember Lot's wife. She looked back, and stayed stone dead where she looked at.

  52. "(Joseph's brothers) could not speak peaceably to him", Gen.37:4. Can you talk peacefully to all people? Speaking peacefully means that you have peace of heart and not that others are at peace with you.

  53. "Dwell in this land, and I will be with you and bless you (...) and your descendants", Gen.26:3. We know that by believing in Jesus, we automatically become descendants of Isaac and Abraham. "Here I am and the children God has given me", Heb.2:13. Therefore, all that has been said to the fathers of faith is also said to us now. There is only one thing we must understand better: "Being pilgrims on this earth." "These all (...) confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth", Heb.11:13. Do you feel foreign in this land? Do you live as a foreigner here? Do you sojourn on this earth or take possession of it, taking and loving that which is earthly? All who "take possession of this and that" cannot be considered pilgrims on earth. Your "blessings" are illusions because you use God's name in vain. Pilgrims do not take possession of anything, just as Abraham never took possession of the promised land because it was God who would grant it, just as He promised to do. "I have raised my hand to the Lord, God Most High that I will take nothing, from a thread to a sandal strap, and that I will not take anything that is yours", Gen.14:23.

  54. "Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord", Gen.3:8. They did not hide from the Lord - they avoided His presence. In fact, they did not cease to want God, but only not to be enlightened and convicted, being condemned by conscience. They hid, that is, they stopped walking in the light and being transparent. Deep down, they began to hide what shames and condemns. And the way to do it is to prevent the conscience from being enlightened and the presence of God (which is light) reveals what the light condemns as well as what it approves. There are things that are not condemned by living in darkness, but that become condemnable in the light by the light. And being condemnable by the light, they must be condemnable by the mind of one who walks in that light and has stopped walking in darkness. The mind of darkness must be transformed in one that delights walking in the light. And these things should not only become reprehensible, but rejected or even pre-rejected. "But we have renounced the hidden things of shame, not walking in craftiness nor handling the word of God deceitfully, but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight (presence) of God", 2Cor.4:2.

  55. "...Because you did not know the time of your visitation", Lk.19:44. We must know that there is a time of visitation for all beings here on earth. One day God knocks at our door. But we must take into account the reality of this day of visitation and reach out to the promise, whatever it may be. If this does not happen, it may happen that the Stone which is rejected, neglected, forgotten or despised is, after all, the main corner stone.

  56. "The wisdom of God also said, 'I will send them prophets and apostles, and some of them they shall slay and persecute'", Lk.11:49. Jesus defines prophecy as wisdom. Any kind of prophecy that is not wisdom or that does not come from wisdom is futile. It may never arise from emotion, bitterness, illusion or any other form of human feeling. The wisdom of God is not felt emotionally, but surprises us in a way which brings forth fruit.

  57. "And (the seeds) which fell among thorns are the ones who, when they have heard, go forth and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of life, and do not bear to maturity", Lk.8:14. It is important to take notice that each one is the main cause for the lack of true fruit in his own life. The devil is not the one to blame, nor circumstances, but, self - it is self and only self. And there is more: the love or desire for wealth, worries and occupations with the world or the pleasures of earthly life have the power to choke the power and effect of the word of God - of every word of God. The devil does not have that power, hell can not achieve what the things of the world in the heart can achieve, that is, to nullify the word of God, which is powerful, creational and re-creational. With one word God made heaven and earth and with a worldly concern or occupation the power of that word is brought to nought or suffocated. Secondly, it is not necessary for one to be rich to breed a love for wealth, for even the poorest may hide their secret love for riches; it is not necessary for anyone to go to a worldly dance to have a taste for the music of the world, for the heart may be desiring it or even to maintain secret hopes about what it has never attained - that is what people call "dreams". These dreams are also thorns that choke the Word of God - any word coming from God. To say that only the rich have a love for wealth or that any poor person does not love money is to be lacking in truth. Sin that resists in the heart can exist or co-exist with the Gospel in anyone, whether rich or poor. And that is what suffocates the fruit in the heart. To say that one who abstains from sexual transgressions is freed from its concupiscence merely because he abstains, fighting secretly against desire, is to be far from the truth, for when Christ sets free, He truly frees even from these kinds of inner sin and they cease to suffocate the word; and the Spirit makes the whole inner being available to the true service of God and the Word. It is a promise and any promise from God is a duty. It is good that evil and temptation never find the desire or propensity to sin in us. "The prince of the world cometh, and he hath nothing in me, (he findeth nothing in me)", John 14:30. If he finds nothing in us we should not be afraid of the approach of the evil one or his confrontation. Every form of legalism in a person is a fear of sin associated with a heart that hides (conceals) its desire towards the sin he is legal about, imposing on others what he denies to recognize that he does or has.

  58. Finding our way today is like going through weeds and thorny bushes. If we are not guided, we will not be able to find the direction towards our destination and we will never know how to go - even if we know where we should end.

  59. Why did Jesus not want the demons to tell who He was? I can't explain. But, I believe it isn't good when someone speaks well of me and that person does not walk in the ways of God and I walk; and also when one who walks in the ways of God thinks or speaks ill of me when I walk in the same ways; and, also, when I do not walk in the ways of God and am well spoken of. We need to be extremely careful with people who claim to be identified with us and who are not identified with us in the true sense of the word. The true gospel should not be proclaimed by anyone who does not experience this gospel in the promised fullness.

  60. The confession of each sin by name was and will be the initial part of the whole process of salvation. If we want to be truly saved from any of our sins and fully delivered from them, we must begin with John the Baptist. This is just the beginning. Everything else becomes possible from there. The life of fullness will be within the reach of those who have made a thorough cleansing of every ancient and present sin (the valley will be filled); and, as the Scriptures say, many other things begin to take shape: "Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be brought low": (Humility will start taking shape and will not be feigned); and the crooked shall be straight, and the rough ways shall be made smooth: (an abundant life without ups and downs, constant and permanent, will be within the reach of a true heart that seeks, the one who searchers will find and prayer will no longer be just to seek and seek without finding); and all flesh will see the salvation of God (we shall be truly saved from our sins and delivered from them)", Lk.3:5,6. But, be assured that no one will end up in all this unless he has not been through John the Baptist at first.

  61. "Or the things that I purpose, do I purpose them according to the flesh, so that with me there should be yes, yes, and no, no?", 2Cor.1:17. There are two things here that can happen: either to deliberate according to the flesh and try to act in the Spirit; or deliberate according to the Spirit and try to walk according to the flesh. When we strive according to God and through His power, our feeling can follow everything we do, but those feelings are not the motivation for what we do or accomplish. If feeling accompanies, we fulfil better God's law because God's law says that we love Him with all we are - including the way we feel. But, when feeling is the motivation rather than becoming a mere ally which accompanies whatever we do, we are carnal. Spiritual people act in such a way that they appear to act carnally, and it is for this reason that "likenesses of believers" are hardly distinguishable from true ones. Paul explains it this way: "... as if we walked according to the flesh. For though walking about in flesh, we do not war according to flesh", 2Cor.10:2,3.

  62. "I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me", Gal.2:20. We are a responsible party to carry our cross to die. We are not to be managers of the life of Christ, that is, our duty is to hand to death our rights, our things, our ideas and allow Christ to live in us. Our task is to surrender ourselves to the cross to be crucified forever. Christ will live His own life in us.

  63. "Abide in me, and I in you", John 15:4. We can not compromise what God gives us because of a bad, deficient or partial interpretation of what he wants to convey to us. We must analyze separately what it means to be in God and what it means that God abides in us. These are two different statements and not one. It is necessary for God to be in us as much as it is necessary for us to abide in Him. One may believe that God is there because one remains in prayer (often in unanswered praying) or because one assiduously studies the Bible with or without understanding. But it is necessary for God to grant His personal testimony about the person and heart so that what we believe is confirmed by God and not only by us. People who have a superficial, partial, religious, shallow relationship with God - even if there is one - will not understand this reasoning. But whoever has a relationship in the promised measure - a deep, exclusive, permanent relationship with Him - will immediately sense as soon as there is something that can cause God to abstain from this fellowship. I remember a man of God, Andrew Murray, who was known as "He who walks with God". One day, walking down the street, he fell on his knees as if something serious had happened to him. A police officer ran to him and asked him if there was something wrong with him. Andrew Murray replied that he had just lost fellowship with God at that moment. He did not wait to get home to pray, he did not go to someone's house for counselling. He simply fell on his knees in the middle of the street. We need to know when something makes God abstain from communing with us, even though we are striving as always.

  64. "Thou fool, this night your soul shall be required of you, then whose shall be those things which you have prepared?" Lk.12:20. Here, Jesus talks about the madness of a rich man. But, what could we say about the beauty of a beautiful woman? "Foolish woman, why do you want to look beautiful spending so much of your time in front of the mirror to beg for the approval of all other fools? Your soul will be required of you this night and what have you been preparing for?" Or, what will be said about stubbornness of a wrong man?

  65. To understand legalism one must take into account several things. It can accomplish carnal things in a carnal way and it can't accomplish what is spiritual in a spiritual way, it is, through graceful means. However, it believes its achievements are achieved by grace, are acceptable and recommendable.

  66. Many people do not truly seek the truth - they seek to be secured and to feel secure and convinced. They seek feelings of security and not truth; they seek not truth. It is a fatal mistake for many. That is why the doctrine of the certainty of salvation has proliferated so much and deceived many.

  67. I believe that the heart and wisdom seldom walk together. It is a difficult combination, very rare. But, if they manage to walk together (hand in hand) they become an indestructible weapon.

  68. "He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty", Ps.91:1. To dwell in the hiding place of the Most High is not to visit the Most High from time to time. It is to live with Him in His habitation permanently and uninterruptedly. "Abide in Me and Me in You". Either we live with Him permanently in His territory or we will not find rest, much less under His shadow. In the original, the word "to dwell" means to remain as when you get married and move away to live permanently in a homely manner, it means to be and to feel at home with much ease in another living (dwelling) place. It is to find an abode in another home, to be under another shadow. In the shadow of the omnipotent one is a place of intense light, even if it is in the shade. This light makes no shadow, makes everything transparent and visible. Consequently, only those who have a cleansed conscience and whose hearts have no intention of hiding, concealing or disguising whatsoever can dwell there. No one will find rest under the shadow of the Almighty God unless he has a truly peaceful, clean, refreshed conscience and feels at home continually coexisting with holiness. We must feel at home dwelling with God wherever it may be. "Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord? Or who may stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart", Ps.24:3,4.

  69. "I will say of the Lord, 'He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust'", Ps.91:2. There are those who speak without saying anything or say something without expressing anything. You have to be in His presence, under this fire, under His intense light which makes everything alight and clear, before you can utter what is stated by the Psalmist in this verse. In this light - and only under it - it will be known whether God is a refuge or a judge; whether He is your strength or the cause of instability and self-condemnation; if we can and should trust Him or if we should deeply mourn. We can not say anything of what God truly means to us before we truly find ourselves in this real presence, before it is real and as intense as was his presence at Pentecost. Only then can you know what God truly means to you. True revival is to anticipate the day of judgment. The only difference between a real, true revival and the Day of Judgment is that in the Last Day it will not be possible to save anyone anymore. In the rest they are similar. Think well before praying for a revival. Review the costs and analyze the price well, because nothing will be the same from that day on when the Holy Spirit descends upon a nation, a church or a single individual. It is and will always be under these circumstances that you will know what God really means to you, whether He is your God or your Judge, your refuge and if the truth you embrace is God's and if it is in the shadow of that truth that you find shelter, a dwelling place and feel at home having found it.

  70. "Surely, He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the perilous pestilence", Ps.91:3. The snare of the fowler has much to do with sin, temptation, provocation, and all that can call upon a soul to contamination and to the point of being excluded from the shadow of the Almighty (Is.59:1,2). The pernicious plague or pestilence and the fowler have something in common: they are cunning, subtle, they specialize in deception and in taking hold on those who come too close to the limit of what might be a temptation to their flesh, soul or spirit. Not every kind of temptation is a temptation for everyone. Some are more vulnerable to certain situations or are more tempted by certain things than others. You should find out what can be a temptation to the individual that you are in God - if you are indeed in God. This is your personal fowler's snare. Do not go near it and avoid reaching that limit, or that border. Sin will not respect this line and may draw or lure you to his side in the form of invitation, deception, godly appearance or by frightening you. Escape from what your limits are, and not just from sin, which may not be the limits of other people. Also, avoid judging people by taking your limits into account or to judge yourself having other's limits or limitations in mind. Find your own limits and limitations and avoid getting too close to it. And remember that those limits shall change according to the changing of your mind and heart, which occurs by fellowshipping with the Lord and His values. Anyway, in the time being and if you can help it, be as far away from your actual limits as possible. If you can't because of the will of God, surrender your whole self to the Lord in those moments. Help others get away from their boundaries as well - and not from yours.

  71. "He shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler", Ps.91:4. There are many truths. There is truth about many facts, but the truth that sets you free is not truth about things or about the realities of this world. Any truth is and will always be good, but only one kind of truth is liberating: that which penetrates the soul about the sinner and the Saviour. Another feature of this truth is that it becomes real, flows, is overwhelming and simple. If it has not been turned real, and it is true, it does not save. No one can separate truth from its corresponding practical reality. If it is not real, it is not true for that person. Truth that truly saves is the one that flows from within the person. But it must flow like impetuous streams of living water. The other truths are external and, however true they may be, they never penetrate beyond thought and knowledge of wisdom. The one that flows is the one that saves. For this reason, the Scriptures speak of His truth, differentiating it from the other truths. That is the one which "shall be your shield and buckler".

  72. "You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, nor of the arrow that flies by day. Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday", Ps.91:5,6. Night terror has a lot to do with darkness. Everything that is nocturnal is associated with darkness. This terror, in the original, means terrifying terror or scaring fright. These terrors or fears are not always made up of real dangers or real terrors. What moves most people are the things they imagine. Reality is often far removed from people's imaginations. So, what frightens is not only what is real, but what lives in the person's mind and imagination, especially, in the form of fears. The person is more frightened by what he imagines than by what he sees, unless what he sees provokes the imagination. As a rule, when reality is combined with the imaginations, everything becomes more dramatized and the imagination is and will always be greater and more frightening than reality. That is when things are dramatized. So, instead of pretending to believe or trust, we must mark the imaginations and have them separated from realities to face and ponder on all realities in a sober and realistic way. Is the danger real? If it is real, is it greater than God? Is the danger death? Is eternal life real and overcomes death? This is what will make us stop being afraid of night terrors. By day and in the light, we see all things as they are and in the imagination we see them as they are not. "You shall not fear arrows that fly by day". The arrow that flies by day has, as a rule, a tip of fire and flame - it puts on fire everything it hits. They are incendiary arrows. Those who wish to be truly saved from all their sins are afraid of being struck by these arrows. But, if it is true that faith extinguishes these arrows, we should look better at which side we focus on: whether to the fright or to the solution. "... The shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked," Ef.6:16. Most sincere believers with real faith (one who is the fruit of a true relationship between heart and God and is not mere effort to believe), tries to divert the darts instead of deepening the faith, making it real, effective and true, which ceases to be feigned, strained or forced faith. Should a lady in the wind hold her skirt or the wind? In the same way, people who dread the arrows that fly by day focus more on the arrows than on communion with God and on the unconditional surrender to Him - which is the only way to producing this faith that is true, real and is fruit brought about only from this communion and fellowship. Only by communing with God does it come into existence and is maintained. It is not faith that brings fellowship with God - it is communion with Him that produces this true and real faith which is capable to quench any sort of fiery dart.

  73. "A thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand; But it shall not come near you. Only with your eyes shall you look, and see the reward of the wicked", Ps.91:7,8. Many look at this verse thinking and believing that those who persecute them and those upon whom they wish to take revenge will fall. But it's not what it means. The destruction will come upon all, but those who dwell in God will escape it and will just look and see it. That they cannot avoid. Destruction will not come upon people because of those who take refuge in God. It is not a revenge - it is a foretold destruction for the extermination of evil and sin which will be seen. We could be equally destroyed if truth were not our dwelling place and if the truth were not our way of living daily. We will see the revenge of God consummated and not our revenge by God for our sake. In our salvation there will be no room for any form of selfishness. Human revenge is selfishness asking for satisfaction. The reward of the wicked is given because of ungodliness and not to satisfy our desires of selfish, greedy revenge. And if I escape this eternal reward of destruction, it is because I have repented and have been transformed timely. It will be like escaping from an airplane crash: I am glad to have escaped, but I am not happy that others have perished. Others did not perish because of me. I'll just see that happen. On this day, I will have to be strong and rejoice in the Lord for the sake of God's will.

  74. "Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge, even the Most High, your dwelling place", Ps.91:9. There are affirmations coming from mouth and which do not come from visible facts. And there are affirmations of belief, which many people claim to be faith and have never become reality. There are also those statements from those who have only tasted what they say (but have not yet experienced it in a daily basis to be fed exclusively by it). I believe none of these situations is the case in this verse. It is one thing to smell and taste good food and another to be fed by it permanently, where the pleasure of eating no longer counts, but, the strength and energy it provides. However, there are realities so obvious that they go far beyond what can be expressed, explained or described. They said of Solomon, "that they did not tell me half their greatness, and that you surpassed the fame I heard"; suppose one receives the fullness of God and has to describe what he receives and happens to him. I believe this is the case in this verse. However, one does not need to be able to describe any reality, but to experience it is essential. Reality went so far beyond the expectations that the Psalmist had to find words like "dwelling" or "refuge" to try to describe what was happening to him. His cup was overflowing. It is necessary that one lives and experiences this fullness in the first person in order to understand what the psalmist is talking about here. It is something impossible to deny, impossible to describe in words, something that leaves no doubt and is overwhelming, overflows beyond words and imagination. Those who have not found this and yet seek after it will also talk about it and even agree with these words. Yet, it doesn't mean that they have found it and neither that they are totally lost. There is searching and there is finding. However, remind yourself constantly that even after having found it, it is not the end of the road. You shall need to come to a point where you can live in/with it in such a way as if you have never lived any other way before. You might experience some new problem conciliating your whole self with the new life of God, which renews itself daily. Remember, also, that reconciliation with it is not and will never be only to adapt to it. "We beseech you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God", 2Cor.5:20.

  75. "No evil shall befall you, nor shall any plague come near your dwelling", Ps.91:10. The evil spoken of here is eternal evil, for the Psalmist has his eyes turned to the eternal. He sees eternity clearly. The small earthly setbacks can never separate any person from this overwhelming reality. A man of God, John Sung, said that those who hunt lions do not care about flies or mosquitoes. Did the snake come into your tent? Its poison will have no ill effect upon you. Does provocation or temptation knock at your door? Your reality is different and you only have to deal with it. Are tomorrow's perspectives frightening and filled with concerns? God takes care of today and tomorrow will be today soon.

  76. "For He shall give His angels charge over You, to keep You in all Your ways", Ps.91:11. Angels are active participants in the Kingdom of God. God does not need them to support humans, just as He does not need us to expand the true Gospel. But, by eternal decree He established that each should have his active participation in His Kingdom. Each has his own function and responsibility. However, the responsibility is not just to perform each one only that which is appropriate or God's will for him. It's not just that. The will of God must be sought, found, and, along with the means of grace, must be attained and treasured. The will of God is not performed without having seized the means to do so; and these means are not applied without knowing where they should be applied and for what purpose. Grace is an active power and needs to be sought in a timely manner (and not on the moment of the the event as the foolish virgins wished to do), having in view a proper and pure notion of God's will that has been revealed and made clear. Each one must seek God with the intention of knowing what is this will for his life. It's like fetching a lost map that needs to be found - something few achieve. However, a map by itself takes no one anywhere. Having found it, one needs to, either immediately or in advance and without delay, reach the means of grace so that this will of God can be performed here on earth the same way and by the same means everything is executed in heaven. "On earth as it is done heaven". Having found these means and having reconciled the heart with both the will and the means, with God's time and form, then, obedience must already be a spontaneous readiness as if nothing else could draw our attention from doing. And this only happens if the person in question has not become weary and exhausted in the pursuit of the will and the means. "For My name's sake you have laboured and have not fainted", Rev.2:3. In this sense, the angels will also be active participants in the Kingdom of God and help those whom God is saving in this world. Therefore, any lack or failure of an angel can create a loss for the person and for the Kingdom of God globally. Since we are the beneficiaries of the work of the angels, it becomes clear why they will be judged by us, that is, why we will be the cause for their judgment for good or worse. This is how we will judge the angels or be the cause of the judgment through which they will go through. Our shortcomings in this sense will speak against them if we are faithful in everything and our supply will testify in their behalf. "Do you not know that we shall judge angels" 1Cor.6:3.

  77. "They shall bear You up in their hands, lest You dash your foot against a stone", Ps.91:12. Angels are obedient to God. We do not know how they are tempted or whether they are tempted, although we are fully aware that a third of them have been tempted along with Satan and fell. Therefore, being obedient beings, we are assured that they will hold us in their hands. However, we must not ignore that this is a way of expressing and affirming that God will sustain us and that He sustains us. There are many ways of saying the same thing.

  78. "You shall tread on the lion and adder; the young lion and the jackal you shall trample underfoot", Ps.91:13. Here he speaks not only of our abilities after having been transformed into ultra-obedient beings, but also of our responsibilities. No one treads on a serpent having or maintaining his fears and conceptions about serpents; no one will dare against the roar of a lion without facing the lion as well as anything he has ever imagined about lions and the dangers they might represent. However, whatever a lion or serpent represents is no longer true for those who truly find themselves in God. It is necessary that everything becomes truly new and that everything that has become new is assumed as a new reality where the old reality has nothing more to say, has no longer anything to do or how to cause fear, although fears are mostly cause by what people think or believe rather than reality. Even if some fears are cause by real things, one must be able to acknowledge that the reality is now another and it has not been so previously. A transformed being must become one who is able to transform his mind and who renounces all his previous imaginations knowing that the reality is quite different now. Our mind must be conformed to new realities. The truly reborn person must be someone who can change - who can work with God on changing his mind, his mentality, his initiative, his instincts, his ways of reacting and acting, and everything that can still connect him to his old and ancient life and to his previous ties. Nothing works out as before anymore. "Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind", Rom.12:2.

  79. "Because He has set His love on Me, therefore I will deliver Him; I will set Him on high, because He has known My name", Ps.91:14. Although this verse is a prophecy about Christ, it is true of anyone who reaches the means of grace within a heart full of readiness towards accomplishing the will of God which is specific to the life of those who discovered or found it through much cost. We also see here that all that was said about the angels was, at bottom, a way of saying that God was behind everything. It was God who sustained, who would make our foot never stumble among many other things. But, for this to happen it is necessary to fulfil certain conditions and certain requirements that can never stop being current, daily life issues and can never stop being updated being an exclusive reality. "Therefore, brothers, rather be diligent to make your calling and election sure, for if you do these things, you shall never fall", 2Pet.1:10.

  80. "He shall call on Me, and I will answer Him; I will be with Him in trouble; I will deliver Him, and honour Him", Ps.91:15. The secret of life is God being with us and no matter where. It can be in trouble. In the original, this word "trouble" means much more than what we understand in our language. It means being disturbed by a rival of God, like an outsider who is a rival or a competitor in a marriage. We must not forget that trust in God needs to be tested by a strong competitor and it is in anguish and trouble that people either cry out to God or complain against Him. By crying out to Him, we are favouring Him; by complaining, we are against Him. Calling on the true partner especially when an appealing and compelling rival manifests itself is something that brings us closer to God and more dedicated to our genuine, true partner and friend. To complain about the 'lack of attention' would be to move away from him to near the rival. Secondly, there are verses in the Bible that tell us of such closeness between us and God that it may happen that he answers us even before we cry out and He hears us as we are still speaking. No one attends this way unless he is very close to our thinking and heart knowing or experiencing our reality even before we call on him or cry out to him. "And it will be, before they call I will answer; and while they are still speaking, I will hear", Is.65:24. Seek and find this closeness. It exists. But, in it, there is no room for rivals - not even the slightest attention or consideration for any rival. Trouble is a rival of God and it shall always be there to call our attention.

  81. "With long life I will satisfy him, And show him My salvation", Ps.91:16. Salvation must be shown, that is, it must be experienced and not just believed. Being saved is experiencing a real life, being free from sin and living above temptations. Are there temptations? Yes, of course. But one thing is to have temptation finding ground or a foothold in the heart and another thing is to find nothing for it to ignite, proliferate or burn. In order to have fire burning, matter for combustion must be found. The temptation is the flame, but in order to have its fire going there must be other things as well. Fire dies if there are no elements to burn on. Are fire and flame there? Yes, of course they exist, but by not finding what to burn from, it is extinguished naturally. "The ruler of this world comes, and he has nothing in Me", John 14:30. It is in this way that we experience ourselves as being saved from our sins and saved from ourselves. This is how we will be TRULY free from anything and everything. This is how salvation is shown to self. It must be shown and made visible. May it be so, Lord. Amen.

  82. For many, death is still a mystery. But, let me clarify a little more about it. What causes death is not disease; it's not a snake bite; it's not a lost bullet. True death is the one where someone dies for God living like a zombie here on earth. This is the true salary that any sin brings about to anyone. This death is the true and only salary for sin. Whoever has this death is dead even though he lives. And whoever has true life, lives even if he dies.

  83. "No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day", John 6:44. There being a last day means there is a walk until that day. Coming to Christ and reaching the end of the path still with Him means much more than being brought to a starting point. When one is brought to Christ, one has come to a point to be taken to the goal. And that goal is a sincere and flowing fellowship with Christ, which is not that easy to obtain. One is not left at the starting point. To come to Christ or to God is much more than lifting the arm in a church and making a decision for Him. Compared to what it really means to come to Him, making that decision is close to nothing. Bringing a person to Christ is bringing him to start a walk to heaven, which for some is longer or shorter than for others. "That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead", Phil.3:10,11.

  84. When God uses a problem, tribulation, or even temptation to exterminate an attitude, to reduce it to nothing from the heart or to modify it holiness, we must be able to detect the goal which God intends to achieve. We must search and find out what He is aiming at (or at least trust Him), instead of seeking for a way to escape whatever has come upon us. If we do not detect His aim, we can be led to concentrate our forces, actions and perspectives to the moment the storm passes away. We will want the storm to end and not that we be corrected, that this correction be deep and that it be an eternal and permanent transformation to which we must adapt immediately. When we think that what we are to achieve is the end of the storm, we will return to the way we have always been as soon as the storm passes and we will fall into the same temptations which always affected us before. If this happens and the Holy Spirit has not yet been grieved away, everything will repeat itself all over again because what God intended to achieve through tribulations has not been achieved. But, if we believe that God is the one who places us under those circumstances by which we go through, we must always have His aim in mind and perspective so that we may become co-workers of Christ in the same direction through the same means and ways and, thus, shall we be able to redeem time and even to shorten it - perhaps even avoid further tribulations because of the consummated obedience and cooperation towards the same goal that God intends to achieve. If we do not do that, we will have gone through trials in vain, and both we and God will have wasted our time.

  85. All it takes to have people misunderstand each other or not get along with each other is to be different at heart. They may say the same thing, but the difference between hearts is and will always be an insurmountable abyss. The animosity between love and enmity in the heart will always be there. A person of an impatient heart and one who has a patient heart will never get along even if they say the same thing. Unless they are feigning, one is and will always be the enemy of the other. "The flesh is enmity against God" and God against the flesh, Rom.8:7. "Can two walk together unless they are agreed?" Amos 3:3. If the yoke is unequal, there will never be true understanding, though there may be a feigned, painful and forced understanding or acceptance. People do not understand each other by speaking one with the other only - they get along by what they are or by what they become from the inside. That is why we get families apart and divided once one becomes holy and God's. We should never try to unite what can never be a unity. One cannot separate what God has put together and one cannot put together what God has separated. Light and darkness are forever separated through an eternal decree. "And what partnership does light have with darkness?", 2Cor.6:14. Since God has separated light from darkness as His first act of creation, uniting them is impossible. Trying to do that is an enormous futility. It is a useless transgression.

  86. "Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God", Rom.1:1. "Servant of Jesus Christ". When an apostle ceases to be a servant, he will cease to be an apostle. The same can be said of any member of the church, in whatever function he may find himself. When we stand before God, we must know that there is no longer an apostle, but a servant - a servant before his God. Before God, ends the statute, all rights cease, unconditional obedience begins and, there, God is everything and we are His simple servants. And this can not happen by pretending, by force or by trying to work it out at the moment like the five foolish virgins did. It is so right away, or it isn't at all. And if we stand continually before God, as Elijah claimed to be, we will continually be servants. "God, before whom I am ...". This he said before a king, not bothering to stand before his king, but before God. What would you think or do if you were faced with the president of your country?

  87. Inability is the main cause of frustration. It causes frustration because we can not do as we try and because we shall always desire more intensely what we can not do. Now, inability has its good things and is a crossroad for all those who are frustrated if what frustrates them is the capacity of loving their neighbour as themselves or is to get any other heavenly virtuosity. It teaches us to accept and to love the grace of God all the more, which enables us to the uttermost. Any frustrated person who feels frustrated because he earnestly desires the bread of heaven (paying full attention to his motives) and by his crying out he can be made one who affirms that "I can do all things through him who strengthens me", even if that can be said only in the long run. Frustration can lead us to give up or to surrender to Christ. It all depends on whether we really believe Him or not. No feigned, forced, unnatural faith, or faith in any doctrine will ever get us to that point. It will eventually give up and its end will always be ultimate and everlasting frustration.

  88. Imagine a war field. There, some coward soldier is afraid to face the enemy of his soul. It is true that the enemy can kill him. But it is also true that he can defeat that enemy. No one wins a battle - much less a war - without facing or confronting his enemy face to face. So it works in our battle against sin. Anyone who does not confront the sin of his heart or the sin outside of him, running away from reality, is only anticipating his own defeat. And by anticipating defeat refusing or hesitating to face the enemy in the eyes, he shall either befriend the enemy or give up the fight by surrendering to sin. This is the fate of all such who give in to the fear of being confronted by their own temptations and fears. Such will never be more than conquerors and will never taste that victory that only Christ can grant. We must face our enemies eyes in the eyes. If we fear to face sin and temptation we do not yet know the Saviour as He is. Such become more than defeated and never more than conquerors, even though they have a power so active at hand such as grace, which is the power of God in a life of fullness and wholeness.

  89. "But, as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name", John 1:12. Receiving Jesus is not and will never be what people say it is by raising their hands in the church as a sign of commitment. We cannot confuse a change of ideas with a change of heart. For someone to receive Him, He must be present and must be real. Jesus needs to manifest Himself as He is, representing all His values in a liquid way (in a real way), assuming all that His true name encloses and holds firm forever. When Jesus presents Himself in this way and He is there for real, surely "many of his disciples turn back and no longer walk with him", John 6:66. 'Accepting' someone who does not introduce himself as He really is or is not present, is to accept a Christ of our own mind and imagination. Accepting a Christ of our head means accepting that sort Christ we desire him to be and him to be to serve him. Surely, that is a false Christ - and a false Christian a false Christ.

  90. "Professing to be wise, they became fools", Rom.1:22. There is no fool who finds himself foolish, just as there is no wise man who thinks he is wise. You should suspect everyone who thinks himself wise - though he does not say so - and much more such who claims to be wise. True wisdom affects the person's conduct and does not elevate the ego.

  91. "He who speaks of himself seeks his own glory", John 7:18. This is the naked truth. However, there are many more ways to seek own glory which Jesus did not mention in this verse and mentioned in the rest of Scriptures (He is the Word itself). For example, someone who interrupts another person when he is speaking can be seeking what he wants and does not love his neighbour as himself; someone who presses for his own views seeks his own glory; one who, through his false or untrue wisdom, humble or not, seeks to impress, manipulate, twist, ignore what is right, may be seeking his own glory even without speaking of himself, putting himself under the spotlights. But, the error does not consist in speaking of ourselves, for Jesus spoke much of himself; the error does not reside in putting the point of view of the truth without fear, for Jesus did it all the time; it is not to stand firm under the spotlight of people's scrutiny, for Jesus and the apostles always did that by walking in the light (being fully transparent) continually and unconditionally. The error resides in the content of the message, in the essence of it and, mainly, in the reason for which we conduct ourselves to do what we do or through the way we express ourselves. Can I speak of myself in an effort to constantly seek the glory of God as the ultimate goal? Can I press my points without wishing to impress and never turn my attention to myself and reveal Christ through everything I say, express or intend to achieve? When Jesus speaks of "speaking of himself," he means that someone says something that carries the seed of glory of self. The message and its final intention is the glory of the person himself, or of another person who is admired, but, not of God.

  92. Sometimes, someone who persists and insists in being led by God may seem stubborn seeking the truth which others consider to be own truth and not the truth. Such a life finds the truth and protects itself from other people. I remember Evan Roberts (during the mighty Welsh Revival) saying something like this: "Here, at my table, tears in my eyes! Why? I have just been opening my heart to my Master and said that I am the only worker in His field, doing my best, while others working for the same Master leave His work to come to hinder me. I asked my Master to protect me". There are virtues that, outwardly, appear to be defects and imperfections. Jesus expelled people violently from the temple of God, full of virtuosity. Does that seem right and correct to you? This still intrigues many people today. Paul refused to take Mark with him and had a great argument with Barnabas about it to the point of separation. However, Barnabas was no longer spoken of in the book of Acts, and Paul's work continued to thrive powerfully - something that would not happen had Paul sinned, taken Mark with him or done wrong. We cannot and may not be guided by the similarities or appearance of things. Persistence and perseverance may look like stubbornness; waiting on God may seem indifference and irresponsibility; working tirelessly for God being guided by Him may seem like hyperactivity that does not keep the commandment of rest; to isolate ourselves from everything in order to be with God alone may seem to seek our own way, and even the Scriptures attest to that (Prov.18:1); and so on. All that is virtuous has its malignant likeness and no matter which side we turn to, this always occurs and there will always be a counter-likeness of any virtue. Any virtue has its counter-similarity. For this reason, the sword of God has two edges and cuts in both sides. Blessed are all those who do not let themselves be carried away by appearances - not even by their own appearance. However, it must be taken into account that he who protects himself from others has someone else to be protected from: himself. We must know how to protect ourselves from others as much as we protect our own hearts from ourselves by being guided by God in a real and uncontested way. Always remember that there is also a likeness of being led by God, likenesses of grace, and likenesses of His ways and those always seem right, but, end in death. Be protected from yourself as much as you protect yourself from other carnal (and spiritual) beings. All are equally dangerous.

  93. Anyone who studies, having become acquainted with some matter, detaches himself from some repeated study he already knows. That is, his concentration levels drop, motivation is not the same, and the distraction dilemma strikes in strength because he is already sufficiently familiar with those issues he has studied. That is why perfection is harder than learning from scratch what we do not know. The same can be true of all students of the Bible, with the slight difference that they are able to get enthusiastic to teach others, preparing something with unacceptable motives for someone in the Kingdom. However, we must take into account that knowing and being familiar with everything in the Bible is not what is required of us. Much more is required from us than that or something very different from that. The Word needs not only be known, but needs to become practical because it has become our very nature. The explanation of the Word must be a kind of confession of what is happening with us or a description of what is already happening in the inner man and for which we have found an cause/explanation. As nothing depends on us, we can not think that we can do it by having taken knowledge of it. However, the reverse of it is true: by doing, we shall know. "If any man will do the will of God ... he shall know", John 7:17. If we believe that we will do if we know, we believe that it depends on our abilities and it is no longer God who operates both willingness and doing. The truth is that he who practices and lives (experiences in practical living), will know and creates the conditions to be fully acquainted with the truth.

  94. Jesus said that the seeker finds. But we read between the lines that it does not mean to seek anything and rather the Kingdom of God to be reigned by God here and now. If we do not seek the Kingdom to be reigned and rather try to find what we need materially, we run the risk of finding what we do not want at the end of a lifetime.

  95. Concepts create prejudices. Moreover, a concept of God does not make God real. A concept of God becomes a form of idolatry. One must meet Him as He is, seeing Him as He presents Himself. "Little children, keep yourselves from idols", 1John 5:21. Isn't it strange that John says such a thing to his children in the faith?

  96. "He counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry", 1Tim.1:12. Few have the notion that only those who become faithful and have proven through their lives that they indeed experience the gospel in its promised fullness can be placed in the ministry. There are those who place themselves in the ministry and the lack of fruit or the increase of wrong fruit demonstrates how much they are on their own. Faithful in the little will be faithful in much. "And if you have not been faithful in what is another man's, who will give you what is your own?", Lk.16:12.

  97. "We know that the law is good if one uses it lawfully", 1Tim.1:8. There is a huge difference between using the law legitimately and being legalistic. In fact, they are two things in opposite fields. Legalism hammers others with what it does not live and does not do itself. "For they bind heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on men's shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers", Mat.23:4. But a preacher who lives the life of God and experiences life in the promised fullness must make proper use of the law knowing that the law is a servant that leads to Christ. The exclusive use of it is to lead to Christ. The sword of the law brings conviction to those who need it and this conviction leads to Christ. "The law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith", Gal.3:24. Do not allow the fear of legalism to lead you to avoid making a good use of the law, for there is a legitimate way to use it to lead to Christ. Bringing someone to Christ without such a person being convicted of sin is a fraud and creates a fraudulent believer. One cannot make a fraudulent use of the gospel, for the true gospel comes after the law, that is, after the practical and legitimate application of the law which convicts of all and any sin.

  98. "For in that He died, He died to sin once; but in that He lives, He lives to God; (...) knowing this, that our old man is crucified with Him in order that the body of sin might be destroyed, that from now on we should not serve sin. For he who died has been justified from sin. if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him", Rom.6:10,6-8. This is true revival, being truly, literally alive through a resurrected life forever dead to sin. The two prominent characteristics of Christ become all too evident in all those who are, have been and will be baptized with the Holy Spirit. "And when the Comforter has come, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He shall testify of Me", John 15:26. And this does not happen in effort, it is not a mere belief, but, it is a reality so evident that no one has the capacity to deny it - not even to himself. The baptism with the Holy Spirit manifests itself by the fruit which it generates - not by the gifts. And this kind of death to sin and the kind of life that lives only for God through Him in all its splendour and power are the chief fruit and unique and outstanding proof of the true Baptism of the Holy Spirit. The person who experiences this characteristic of Christ by having Christ living in him confesses that Christ came in the flesh. Such a person lives his normal, everyday, spontaneous life manifesting this death to sin and to the world. He is as dead to sin as a corpse would be to anything in this world. This type of death is factual, literal, true as eternal life is when manifested in a person and in all his personal experience. However, we must be reminded that we have experienced another kind of life in the past, which is engraved in our minds, and now that we experience the constant and eternal life - if we experience it truly - we must live as if we had never known what has truly passed. "Likewise count yourselves also to be truly dead to sin, but alive to God through Jesus Christ our Lord", Rom.6:11.

  99. Perhaps you owe your present prosperity to the fierce trials you have undergone during your lifetime; who knows if it your health is due to the hunger you have suffered since many have become what they eat; who knows if you have learned to love truly because you have been rejected all your life; who knows if you love your children dearly because your parents were brutal and violent; perhaps you really want to give your friends the best because you had received no help from old friendships. All things can work for the good of those who truly love God. Maybe it's time to stop complaining and to start thanking the Lord for everything that is happening to you under His providence.

  100. "If your eye is sound, your whole body shall be full of light", Mat.6:22. There are those who have good eyes, but, look at evil things, which they cannot avoid, and are not affected by them; and there are those who have evil eyes and look at good things, and that does not affect them either.

  101. There are those who transgress having a heart of love and transgress against their nature for lack of culture, lack of knowledge or by being inattentive; this transgression can be forgiven very easily because it is easy to leave those sins. "Whoever confesses and leaves them shall have mercy", Prov.28:13. And there are those who fulfil having a selfish heart, that is, a heart contrary to love and they fulfil contrary to their nature having their own benefit in mind. Fulfilling this way will not be accepted and, like Cain, they shall be rejected in the long run. These are what the Bible says are the tares among the wheat. All of what love does naturally is of its nature; those who are not love try to do it for the sake of 'sympathy', admiration or for the peace of coexistence and mutual understanding, but do it for their own convenience. Love does not need rules for coexisting, or laws for behaviour because it behaves in fair, righteous and correct ways naturally. It does not know how to live or act any other way. Love lives from its fountain, and the law is for those who are transgressors from the heart and, for that reason, must refrain themselves constantly so that the evil of the heart does not get a lose hand and does not manifest itself. It is the transgressor who needs to use reins to refrain himself. However, even when he refrains himself he still remains a transgressor at heart.

  102. "But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you know all things", 1John 2:20. These are strong words, which many leaders and pastors reject at first in their practical ministries because they wish to have full control over the flock and over the Spirit. They do not like to hear them. All preaching must become a confirmation of what is already happening within the hearer. Even many who hear reject the realization that they know everything, that is, that the word is revealed and manifested from within and, if not, it is to no avail. Whoever has the true anointing, an anointing which is not just believed or is not mere pretending, should pay close attention to what is going on inside him in the form of movements of the Holy Spirit.

  103. "For if they were of us, they would have continued with us", 1John 2:19. It is very important to pay close attention to all the words of Scripture and their true meaning and range, for the greatest secrets and greatest treasures are the most hidden and most rare. Christ talks a lot about "abiding in Him"; Paul speaks of "abiding in the faith"; and John speaks of "abiding with us". "Upon whom you shall see the Spirit descending, and remaining upon Him", John 1:33. The fruit is not to receive the Holy Spirit, the Gospel, but to abide in Him and the Spirit in us. The Spirit does not abide in many of those who have received Him. The Spirit left Saul at a disobedient stage of his life and reign. Being Holy, the Spirit remains in vessels with equal characteristics. And every characteristic is something of character and not just something coming out of effort, assimilation or imitation.

  104. "Even now many antichrists have come, by which we know that it is the last hour", 1John 2:18. Another translation says "many have made themselves to be antichrists". The word "antichrist" can be interpreted in many ways. But a fact stands out in all interpretations: whatever the interpretation is, it speaks of someone who is against Christ, whether consciously or unconsciously. I believe in the interpretation that says that an "antichrist" is someone who resembles Christ, that is, someone who has some similarity with Christ, carries some property of God or association to His name that causes him to be found in the sheep fold, whether he has jumped over the wall into it or has become polluted after having entered. "Friend, how did you come in here not having a wedding garment?", Mat.22:12. There is something else in these words that make everything a little scary: "Many have become antichrists". They were not born antichrists, they were not forced to be against Christ, but they became antichrists by themselves. They became antichrists by their own hands. "They went out from us, but they were not of us", 1John 2:19.

  105. "And I wept very much, because no one was found worthy to open and to read the book, nor to look at it", Rev.5:4<. There aren't many people like that anymore. I see many using the fact that they are not saints as an excuse to persevere in their own lives their own way. This does not cause them much sadness to the point of crying. For John it was a huge source of sadness and deep sorrow that there was no one worthy to open the book and read it. He cried very much because he was not worthy enough to do something God willed to do.

  106. "Until now you have asked nothing in My name", John 16:24. It is strange to see Jesus saying this to the Apostles who had participated and performed many miracles until then. They did it in the name of God, which is to say, in the name of Jesus. But, it is not strange if we think that Jesus was going to leave them and that the Apostles would stay in His place, doing things in His stead and name. They would henceforth be the faithful representatives of Jesus, both in His way of life, conduct, works, motives and type of power and weapons of light by which they would battle for the sake of practical truth. So much so that the disciples would be the very image of Jesus here on earth, for they would be there in His name. And they represented Jesus so well that He - who does not lie and does not pretend to please people - was never ashamed of them and fully identified Himself with the disciples, for he asked Saul (Paul) "Why do you persecute Me?" His identification with the disciples of that time was such that Jesus himself felt persecuted whenever His faithful representatives were persecuted or hill treated. "Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them", Heb.11:16. Are you a faithful representative of Jesus at this point? Is your life the same as Jesus'? Do you represent Him faithfully?

  107. We read many times and in many places of Scripture about walking in the light or living in the light. That means walking in total transparency and with nothing to hide. But, we know that it is one thing to walk in the light and another is to enter into the light or to put our exposed hearts in the visibility for the first time or even occasionally. Many of those who begin this walk hold the idea that they really need to put their whole past and present life into the light, and from there, they can live hidden and camouflaged again. Living in the light is not an isolated act for beginners or those who have sinned, but, it is a way of life from then on. We must walk and live continuously in the light from then on, being fully transparent and visible. "And no one lighting a lamp covers it with a vessel or puts it under a couch", Lk.8:16.

  108. Practice is the main evidence of truth. If it does not work, it's a lie. A preacher who preaches the truth and does not experience it in person is a liar even though he preaches the truth without any blemish and without any shadow of a lie. Whoever prays does not show that God exists and that He is good, but he whose prayers are answered attests to that; Those who preach about grace and do not show forth anything, or those who debate doctrine, but never manifest the power of grace in its full power and splendour in daily life are liars because they do not demonstrate that everything is by the power of grace and never by another alternative power; he who only speaks of the Holy Spirit is not the one who experiences true revival, but only he who is dominated, fully guided, being joyfully obedient to Jesus; a victor is not one who motivates others and excites the needy and emotive fools with words of victory, but it is he who manifests in all his personal and practical life that his own sins no longer have strength and mastery over his life, and is able to live as if sin does not exist because it ceased to exist in his life. The truth spoken is only demonstrated by making it practical and demonstrative truth. For this reason we hear the Scriptures speak about the manifestation of truth. "Life was manifested, and we have seen, and bear witness, and declare to you that eternal life which was with the Father and was manifested to us", 1John 1:2. Practical truth is the crux of the matter and never the truth spoken or debated in the form of doctrine.

  109. When one is deceived by a false prophet, preacher or circumstance, he closes his ears to hear anyone else. Doubt is set on everyone and anyone. Jehoshaphat probably went to war with Ahab for this reason after hearing a prophet from God, for there were many false prophets also prophesying and he did not discern the voice of truth, (2Chron.18:28).

  110. "And (...) Asa became diseased in his feet, and his malady was severe; yet in his disease he did not seek the Lord, but the physicians", 2Cron.16:12. There is a difference between disease coming as punishment or reprimand and illness for other reasons. When illness comes as rebuke and punishment, to seek the doctors is to mock God.

  111. "For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you want", Gal.5:17. When the flesh in the life of a believer who has found full and real life is not dead or, at least, not taken as really dead if it is dead, and if it is not believed that it is dead (when it is) and it is granted some power or credit, there will always be this struggle, which will prevent anyone from doing what he wants. We can not be involved in two things at the same time. Allow me to explain. We are either involved in the fight between good and evil or flesh and Spirit (which cannot and should not be avoided before entering full rest) or we become free to do what we want. A person who is involved in a struggle can not be available to do what needs to be done by being involved in something else for another reason. By engaging in this struggle, he does not need to fall into sin or be overcome to fail to do God's will, for by engaging in the struggle he cannot be engaged in doing and executing the whole will of God with perfection. "Do not obey your flesh and its desires"; "Do not be conquered by evil, but conquer evil with good", Rom.13:14; 12:21. We will never overcome evil in us by striving against it, but by doing everything that is right without giving it any importance. Surrendering to Jesus is the only way to overcome this struggle to be available to do what we want to do, if what we want to do is the will of God.

  112. "'Lo, these many years I have served you, neither did I transgress your commandment at any time. And yet you never gave me a kid so that I might make merry with my friends'. (...) 'Son, you are always with me'...", Lk.15:29,31. Here, in this parable, the case of the sons is emphasized, both of the prodigal son and the other. But, there is the side of the father that we should look at and take regard. The father had never received a party because he existed, and they had never given him a party for giving everything to his children or for another good reason. This is because the father "is always with us". How often do we do this to God? Jesus stated that he would always be with us - even at the end of time. How many of us celebrate this and manifest joy for His presence? It is very easy to get accustomed to His presence and to be swallowed up and absorbed in our affairs and forget or ignore God. Elijah, Elisha, and Abraham never forgot the presence of God and never ignored it, not even before a king. "God, in whose presence I am". We see in the life of Elisha (Gen.24:40;48:15) and in the life of Abraham (2Kings 3:14;5:16). We can understand why there were so many religious festivals in Jerusalem. The people could not and should not forget God, always celebrating Him for everything and for nothing. "The wicked shall be turned into hell, all the nations that forget God", Ps.9:17.

  113. "When anyone hears the word of the kingdom, and does not understand it, then the wicked one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart", Mat.13:19. By this we realise how important it is for the Gospel to be fully understood, perceptible and conclusive before it can be accepted. Many preachers do not make themselves understood whenever they speak the truth. Others, still, are refused by the way they express themselves, speak or explain. You can do it in an arrogant or flattering way, or by pleasing people, or as if you are talking to children giving the impression that you stand out above them all and, whenever you do so, you leave in the air the smell of hypocrisy and arrogance. It is that way that hypocrites are created and all sincere ones driven away.

  114. "Whoever believes will not act hastily", Is.28:16. Why should we try to hasten things, anticipate days and decisions if the possibility exists to have everything in its own time and in its own way?

  115. "Go to the lost sheep", Mat.10:6. A lost sheep is someone lost to God, someone who does not know or does not find the way back to God and, as we read in Is.53, is someone who necessarily walks his own way for lack of valid walking options. If the sheep is lost, it will hardly know the way back home. It is a characteristic of sheep, unlike goats. She's lost. Then a good shepherd searches for it until he finds it. It knows the shepherd - not the way. The shepherd must be the way himself. To these we must go. And the worst is when, in addition to being lost, the person is blind to the truth. A lost blind has bigger problems than a simple lost one.

  116. "Whenever you fast, don't be gloomy like the hypocrites. For they put on sad faces to show others they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have their full reward!", Mat.6:16. There are many ways to appear to men that we fast, pray, preach, and speak of/to God. Praying to be heard by people for the enjoyment of praise is the work of a hypocrite. The same goes for preaching, singing and many other things we do in the name of God, that is, by using His blessed name in vain.

  117. "For the Lord will restore the excellence of Jacob Like the excellence of Israel", Nahum 2:2a. It is good to note that sometimes God refers to Israel as Jacob and to others as Israel. In this specific verse we get a different idea from the usual one. Let's see. Israel was Jacob before he had fought with God and overcome, and when he had conquered, his name was changed into Israel. Firstly, Jacob did not fight against God, but with God. It is something we should highlight. Secondly, we get the idea that the people regressed and began to be called Jacob again and, for that reason, it became necessary to return them to the glory of being Israel and they should know it. It was necessary for them to be restored, as a people, to the parameters of striving with God in order to overcome again "for the plunderers (sins) have plundered them, and have destroyed their vine branches", Nahum 2:2b.

  118. "Ask of Me and I will give...", Ps.2:8. Jesus said something that makes us think - if we are truly attentive: "Until now you have asked nothing in My name", John 16:24. He was speaking to disciples who had done and witnessed many miracles, who cast out devils, who broke up the multiplying bread with their own hands - among other things we do not even know about. But Jesus claimed that they had never asked anything in His name. Surely they had asked (and received), but not in His name. The true proof that we are within the will of God is when we ask in His name and receive and not only that we ask and receive. In His name means in His stead, as His representative, for His interests, for His glory and for His Kingdom. To ask and to receive has never been proof that God is with us, for there were condemned demons that have asked and received. God gives both to good ones and to evil ones.

  119. The aim of true prayer is to approach our heart to the person of God to know Him and to experience Him as He is - and never as we think He is, which is a form of idolatry. God will, however, act as if he does not know our needs to bring us to present ourselves before Him in a real way and in intimacy. But we must never forget that this only happens with the clear intention of knowing Him as He is. And for God to "know" us as we are, we must ardently desire to know Him as a person and not just as a giver of the things we want. For God to approach us, knowing us, we must present ourselves before Him to know Him and for no other reason.

  120. There are people who, instead of coming to help, come to show off; instead of being a help, they are a complication in the form of competition with those whom they try to help.

  121. "I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life", John 8:12. There is yet another very enlightening verse in this regard: "The life was the light of men", John 1:4. Many seek light for their ways, forgetting that the light - the only light - that God gives is that which comes through the kind of inner life that we have received from Him, which makes us compare one thing to another and receiving the confirmation of the Holy Spirit upon it, 1Cor.2:13. Whoever receives this life has this light and whoever hasn't this light has not received this life - even if he states or believes that he has received it.

  122. Most Christians today are concerned about what they do (even though it is important). However, the true Gospel transforms what one is and not only what one does. We must pay more attention to this, for what we do must emerge from what we have become, otherwise we will make that the thief does not steal, and yet continues a thief at heart; or that the liar does not lie, but remains a liar inside.

  123. "No one can say that Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit", 1Cor.12:3. I have not yet seen anyone give a sober and accurate explanation of this verse. Firstly, we have some passages in the Bible where demons claim that Jesus is Christ and Lord (Mat.8:29); and we have yet another passage where devils claim that Paul was a servant of God Most High, (Acts 16:17). Now, we must know what it means to confess that Jesus is Lord in the terms in which Paul expresses it here. Jesus must be the real Lord of the life of those who confess this. That is, these must not be mere words, but, a realization on the ground and in the living of day to day life. Those who make their own decisions - even if they consult God about it - do not have Jesus as Lord; whoever is not or can not be fully obedient to God in all things does not have Jesus as Lord; only those who follow and are instructed, guided and can be truly transformed by the Holy Spirit, co-working with God in that direction, have Jesus as Lord. These are some of those who can truly affirm that Jesus is, in fact, their Lord. And this is found and affirmed as established in their practical life - and never according to mere belief that it is so. I know that many suffer from the fear that God is not with them. But we must be truthful about it if we are ever to reach the truth.

  124. "For we are labourers together with God (co-workers of God)", 1Cor.3:9. A co-worker of God can only be someone with whom God walks continually and in reality. That is, the presence of God must be real, true, and never just assumed that God is present. It is not conceivable to have a co-worker of God when His presence is only believed or assumed to be true. There are no fictitious co-workers of God, working from a distance away from the Lord.

  125. "I do not receive testimony from man", John 5:34. All human testimony is given or stimulated by affinities, preferences, and personal opinions. It is not given according to the truth. The same can be said of the glory that men give and attribute - even to God. Everything depends on what they receive from Him and does not depend on what God is, being full of glory. "I do not receive honour from men", John 5:41. "How can you believe, who receive honour from one another, and do not seek the honour that comes from the only God?" John 5:44.

  126. I do not exist to solve my own problems. I exist to fulfil my mission towards God and to put people before Whom can solve their spiritual problems.

  127. He who swears, promises, or makes a vow only does so because he is weak, has no ability or willingness to fulfil and for this reason he makes his vows. Who does or has the ability to perform, does it without a second thought. Vows are evil temptations to make the weak transgress by not fulfilling. "But let your 'Yes' be 'Yes,' and your 'No,' 'No.' For whatever is more than these is from the evil one", Mat.5:37. Now, we must understand the provenance of behaviour, its origin. The problem with vows is that there transpires the idea that the person is not at heart what he vows to be or to do. That is, his behaviour does not come from the heart and comes, rather, from the vows he makes; for this reason he vows, it is, because he is not from inside what he tries to be. Therefore, we can assume that it is much easier to form a hypocrite through vows than to create a saint. The true Gospel transforms people from the inside out so that they can do and be naturally what they are transformed into from the inside and that has no evil origin. Vows might work for some people who have already been changed from inside and need to change old habits to adapt or to adopt new ways which are conformed with the inner change that has taken place.

  128. Sin will take you farther than you wished to go, holds you longer than you thought it would, you will do more harm than planned and instead of pleasure will bring you gall, bitterness, sadness, discomfort, instability and insatiability. Everyone who abandons sin, being saved from all his sins by Christ - and not by self - will see a total regression in all these consequences of sin. Each sinless day will make it easier to stop sinning, and every day sinning will make it harder to stay clean and in Christ. It is up to you to decide whether tomorrow will be an easier day towards the goal of total holiness and towards full surrender or a harder and more difficult one.

  129. It is not sleep that gives us true rest, but a soul cleansed of its sins by the blood of Jesus; food does not kill true hunger, but, it is achieved through the Word of God; the same can be said of true thirst that only the water of life can satisfy. We could also talk about true love, real money, true wealth and so many other things that humans pursue with all their might, and, after they have achieved it they find out they have nothing but the habit of looking for it all the time, even after they have found it. Scripture says that one shall desire again and again because it is not living water. "Whosoever drinks of this water shall thirst again", John 4:13.

  130. "Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the full knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord", 2Pet.1:2. It is very easy to interpret Scripture on own terms and ways without the notion of its true meaning. Imagine yourself in the presence of God in the way that Ananias and Sapphira were, Peter, John and others. If in this presence peace is multiplied and not conviction or condemnation, if in this kind of presence we receive grace or more grace, it is because we are truly cleansed before God. Otherwise, this peace will not be multiplied and there will rather be friction and tribulation without size within the soul. "The sinners in Zion are afraid; Fearfulness has seized the hypocrites: "Who among us shall dwell with the devouring fire? Who among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings?" He who walks righteously and speaks uprightly, He who despises the gain of oppressions, Who gestures with his hands, refusing bribes, Who stops his ears from hearing of bloodshed, And shuts his eyes from seeing evil: He will dwell on high; His place of defence will be the fortress of rocks; Bread will be given him, His water will be sure", Is.33:14-16.

  131. "Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, so that at the proper time he may exalt you", 1Pet.5:6. The problem with many people is that they do not accept, or they easily forget, or ignore a certain undisputed fact: it is in God's time (and never one's own) that one is exalted having been humbled under the powerful hand of God. And the longer the time and the intensity of the humiliation, the greater is the work that lies ahead awaiting us, and the greater the responsibility after humiliation, that is, depending on whether it took long because one has been resisting or submitting to God unconditionally. There is a direct link between preparation and the work that lies ahead. However, many never reach this post-humiliation stage because they either do not humble themselves or want things in their own time. That is one reason why many do not use the time and opportunity to cleanse themselves but rather try to hasten things, since only he who "cleanses himself from these things, will be a vessel for honour, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work (that lies ahead)", 2Tim.2:21; and not he who hastens things. We should use all our circumstances to cleanse ourselves by humbling ourselves before God.

  132. "Shepherd God's flock that is among you (...) not greedily but eagerly, as God desires", 1Pet.5:2. Greed is not manifested only by desiring the money of the sheep or their possessions. It is also manifested by the greed for souls along with the power over them, of glorying with the size of the flock or their obedience and submission. All of this is evil greed and no one should be moved by any of those motives, or similar and parallel motivations.

  133. "The righteous is scarcely saved", 1Pet.4:18. Many preach more than salvation. They preach prosperity, the fulfilment of the desires of their own carnality and so many other things. But we must take into account that the just is "only saved".

  134. "Therefore let those who suffer according to the will of God commit their souls in well-doing, as to a faithful Creator", 1Pet.4:19. Doing good under these circumstances does not mean paying back with good in exchange or doing good as a form of revenge to show self, but it means to continue to do and to be as if nothing is happening. It means not changing our course whether circumstances change or not. To surrender the soul under these circumstances means just that. It does not mean handing over circumstances to be changed or transformed to please us, but it means holding the soul in Jesus and not only the body or the flesh. When the wind raises the skirt of a lady, she does not try to hold the wind, but rather the skirt or dress.

  135. "No longer to live in the lusts of men, but in the will of God the remaining time in the flesh", 1Pet.4:2. To live according to the will of God means more than trying to do only those things that God wants. It means to do all things - the things of always or of everyday life - in another way, using other means, having or obtaining other motives, and shifting the target of own glory or glorification for things achieved in a perfect way. It is not just walking other ways, but it is mainly the way we walk in all our ways. The way things are done stand high above what is done. Things need to be done here on earth the way they would be done in heaven. "On earth as it done in heaven". Everything has to do with how we walk and not just where we walk. Changing our course is only a small part of doing the will of God. The main part is the way we walk in all our ways, what power we use, what motives we depend on and whom we please, whether it is people, ourselves or God. "Each one as he received a gift, ministering it to yourselves as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. If anyone speaks, let it be as the words of God. If anyone ministers, let him do it as of the ability which God gives, so that God may be glorified in all things through Jesus Christ, to whom is the glory, and the might forever and ever. Amen!" 1Pet. 4:10,11.

  136. "These are the true words of God", Rev.19:9. This can only mean that there are words that come with the label of being God's words an they are not. Sometimes, we wonder why God sent Elijah to the widow of Zarephath and not to others. We see that she was someone who never let herself be impressed by a miracle and who, although not rejecting the multiplication of oil and flour, was not impressed by Elijah, for it took her some time to be convinced that Elijah was really God's man. It was necessary for her son to die and to be resurrected to convince her while the oil and flower was being multiplied daily, since only God is capable of resurrecting from the dead. "Now by this I know that you are a man of God, and that the word of the Lord in your mouth is the truth", 1kings 17:24.

  137. "First, say: 'Peace to this house'. And if a son of peace is (not) there (...) your peace (...) will return to you", Lk.10:5,6. We read the same in Mat.10:13, but with a slight difference. There it is said: "Let your peace return to you". It seems that in one place it says that peace will come back by itself and that in the other the disciples have some power to make it return to them. But it is not quite like that. The disciples have no authority to bring this peace back - only to assume it has backfired. It comes back by itself and it is up to the disciples to accept it so, and to let it return to them. They may never be without peace, not even when they are rejected. They have the ability not to insist when they and the Gospel are rejected. One of the characteristics of the Gospel that has power, of the one which is true, is to mark forever and to leave a heart troubled within whoever rejects it. Such people shall never forget about the true gospel. It is the powerless gospel that insists and persists in being accepted and taken in, because it can not leave its mark on the hearts of people otherwise and it doesn't allow peace to return to them and to leave a heart in turmoil and to be like a troubled sea which has no peace - which is God's will, Is.57:20,21.

  138. "Turn, O backsliding sons, says the Lord; (...) and I will bring you to Zion. And I will give you shepherds according to My heart, who shall feed you with knowledge and understanding", Jer.3:14,15. It is true that all true revivals begin with the conversion of leaders and Christians. It does not depend on the place, the circumstances, and not even persecutions or the strength of sin. It all depends on whether believers actually are truly converted to the Lord or walk their own way, which they call God's ways.

  139. "Receive with meekness the implanted word", James 1:21. It is extremely important to receive the word with meekness as it confronts to cleanse. "You are clean through the Word which I have spoken to you", John 15:3. I had an elderly relative who did not like to bath. One day he had to go to the doctor and my father forced him to take a bath so that he could be taken to hospital. Two men grabbed him and bathed him. He almost died. He had freak attacks, heart acceleration, wounded pride and everything you could imagine. He did not receive cleansing with meekness. Many believers are like that when they are confronted with the Word and hardly receive it with meekness because they feel confronted.

  140. There are people who say they get tired of doing what is right, of practicing or reading the word, and never get tired of doing other things that give them pleasure. Therefore, it is concluded that only the one who has pleasure in what he is able to do does not 'tire' out. Let us imagine someone who can say with all sincerity something like this: "I will delight myself in Your statutes"; "Your testimonies also are my delight"; "And I will delight myself in Your commandments, Which I love"; "Unless Your law had been my delight, I would then have perished in my affliction"; "Trouble and anguish have overtaken me, Yet Your commandments are my delights"; "I long for Your salvation, O Lord, And Your law is my delight"; Ps.119:16;24;47;92;143;174. "Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful; But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law he meditates day and night", Ps.1:1,2. I do not believe such a person can ever get tired of reading and studying the Word while practicing it.

  141. "Be doers of the word", James 1:22. When we put a target or objective before us, we not only see the end at a distance with the full intention of never losing sight of it, but we also seek the means, we think of the ways to achieve it, and all the legal mechanisms to be able to reach that purposed end. All of our heart must be available, all means must be within our reach, anything that can prevent these means from being achieved is summarily analyzed and extinguished and only after that can we speak of all our commitment, dedication, confidence and motivation operating towards that target. Becoming a practitioner of the Word is something that works the same way. There are means of grace that we must reach beforehand (Heb.4:12); Our whole heart must be available (ready and prepared, Lk.1:17) for such a task and, also, ready for the many and varied consequent effects brought upon us by becoming sincere and delightful practitioners of the word. It is not enough to want to be a doer of the Word, for we must love the means and dedicate ourselves to the continuous search of what is capable of enabling us to be practical in the Word we received.

  142. "Each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed", James 1:13,14. There are those who do not blame God for their temptations, but, blame circumstances, people, the weather and so many other things which God controls. It is true that God's providence is responsible for the circumstances that can improve and transform us. But, it is one thing when a trial has the ability to transform or sanctify, and something else when it is given the ability to make one fall and stumble. We must know that before us stand death and life, and that we should be able to choose life. When we sin, circumstances are not to be blamed, and neither people around. The main cause of transgression and failure is nothing more and nothing less than the kind of heart we have in us. Changing places does not change the heart and, when changing places or circumstances, the heart we have will go on with us. Temptation is temptation only because of the heart we possess and nothing else. "Each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed".

  143. "My brothers count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience", James 1:2,3. One needs to know that if we do not have this enjoyment being tried by various temptations, being really in God and never outside Him, impatience will be produced and never patience. The joy or sadness during these moments will tell us where our treasure is, for whoever seeks the treasure of holiness and understands the ways that lead to it will have joy being tried; and whoever seeks another kind of treasure will have sorrow and doubts when put under trials by the providence of God. "But let patience (steadfastness) have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing", James 1:4. How can patience have its perfect work? If we really know that trials come to us from God or if we are really found in Him, we will conclude that these trials intend to achieve something inside or outside us to make - or remake - us pleasant to God. Therefore, we must not prevent or pray against those things that we know come to us as trials of faith. Rather, we must know how to cooperate in the same direction by striving and cooperating with the same intention to achieve the same end. Instead of trying to change circumstances, we must apply our efforts and attentions faithfully to achieve what God intends by cooperating with trials for the same purpose. That is just one way of redeeming the time. Thus, patience not only will have its perfect work, but, will have our total cooperation without any sort of feigning. We can not be lacking in this kind of wisdom, praying to God in faith and patience. And for this to happen, there must be total availability of heart to that end, never allowing our heart to deal with the thorns at the surface that suffocate this wisdom trying to divert from us the circumstances and situations that are mere trials instituted by God for our eventual and ultimate benefit. "Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him", James 1:12.

  144. "He who loves abundance shall not be satisfied with increase", Ecc.5:10. Paul says - and quite rightly so, having wisdom backing it up - that "having food and clothing, with these we shall be content", 1Tim.6:8. Anyone who is content with being in Christ, whether in poverty or wealth, will never change. But everyone who loves abundance will always run after money and comfort even after he has reached it. We must, however, distinguish between loving abundance and having abundance. There are many poor people who love abundance, even if they do not have it. "He who loves money will not be satisfied with money", Ecc.5:10.

  145. "Whatever I command you, be careful to observe it; you shall not add to it nor take away from it", Dt.12:32. It is and will always be very easy to diminish in what God commands, says or reveals, whether it be through negligence, forgetfulness, unfaithfulness, lack of fruit and consequent frustrations and discouragement, or any other reason. But there is a law in the spiritual nature to which no one escapes: anyone who is able to diminish on what God says has all the capacity to add own desires to it as well. One thing leads to another.

  146. A long walk always begins with a step, and it also advances with one step - even if it is the following one; and always ends with a step - even if it is the last one. And if it is the last one, it must be given as the first one has been given.

  147. "And Achan answered Joshua and said, "Indeed I have sinned against the Lord God of Israel", Jos.7:20. There are detailed confessions of sin that come too late and are to no avail. Even such a confession may be rejected for many reasons. That is what happened to Achan. "Why have you troubled us? The Lord will trouble you this day", Jos.7:25.

  148. It is possible that one is trying to do something for the Lord and it be considered a form of idolatry. "Though you detain Me, I will not eat your food. But if you offer a burnt offering, you must offer it to the Lord. (For Manoah did not know He was the Angel of the Lord)", Judges 13:16. It is: we may be in the presence of God doing things the old way without realising it. Our so called sacrifices to God may not be for Him. Remember that Cain was rejected sacrificing to God.

  149. It being true that the devil tempts the children of God to serve other gods and other things, that is, those who are truly clean of heart, the reverse is also true. The devil tempts the wicked to serve the true God and to serve Him - or try to serve Him - with an impure heart and by fraudulent means. The Gospel is discredited and slain in both ways. They are deceived who do not believe that the devil does not tempt the wicked with the Bible and with the church. He places the unrighteous to serve in the temple of God.

  150. "Unless Your law had been my delight, I would then have perished in my affliction", Ps.119:92. It is good that nothing else but the word of God can make us rejoice or grieve. Everyone who has other joys or who seeks them will perish, certainly.

  151. "You established the earth, and it abides", Ps.119:90. Establish me as well, Lord, and I shall also abide. Do not allow me to establish myself or I shall not abide - not for long, anyway.

  152. "Their land is full of silver and gold (...) it is also full of idols", Is.2:7,8. When the heart does not change permanently and unless it is established in that transformation having taken hold of grace with all one has, that is, if it is not transformed so that it is able to live the new life as if it has never lived any other life before, it happens that a mere abundance of the simple providence of God will be transformed into idols of various kinds. A land full of gold together with a heart that has not been truly established after a genuine transformation will indeed take the provisions of gold to make some idol of it, for, having attained what it wishes, the heart becomes idle. But, this never happens when the target is Jesus, when the exclusive desire is to know Him as He really is, even if gold is multiplied or even if misery or poverty is experienced in an extreme way.

  153. "They feed on the sin of my people", Hos.4:8. We know that false preachers use the desires and sins of the people who listen to them to take advantage of them. Only those who are greedy give ears to a greedy preacher; only a perverted girl offers herself to a perverted preacher. The wicked feed themselves and take advantage on the wicked. False preachers subsist only because there are false believers who follow them and their teachings. "And it shall be like people, like priest", Hos.4:9.

  154. "Because you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children", Hos.4:6. It is good to understand the Word for what it says without going over it lightly. Here, it does not say that God will forget those who forget about Him, but who forgets His law. There are many who remember God, sing and preach, but "forget" to fulfil all the requirements and commandments of God in practical life. Their children shall be forgotten by God.

  155. I shouldn't become a leader if I am not led. A good leader is and shall always be a good follower. "If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me", John 12:26.

  156. "If I do not wash you, you have no part with Me", John 13:8. Jesus spoke here of washing the feet of those who, generally, are clean. And he spoke to Peter too. Peter could stay out of the Kingdom and have no part in Jesus if his feet were not washed by Jesus. They should not only be washed, but should be washed by Jesus - something that is quite different, although it does not look like that. I am sure that Jesus spoke in a figurative sense, for no matter how stinky or dirty Peter's feet were, that would not prevent him from entering heaven - unless they were dirty by negligence and loathing. For any carnal man it is an honour to be better by merit, to be cleansed by his own strength and abilities. Every man likes to show forth work to glow in appearance, especially if it is able to generate approval and applauses. And so, he tries to work out his own merits with God - especially with Him or before Him. This is one of the reasons why he does not let himself be cleansed and prefers to clean himself. Many desire to be forgiven, but, also to finish in the flesh that which was begun in the Spirit. These will never get a share in Christ. "If it is not I who wash your feet, even though you are clean in the whole...". "You also ought to wash one another's feet", John 13:14. And it will always be much more humiliating to man to be corrected by another human being, someone equal to him, for many esteem the opinion of men above everything else. And if it is a mere man who corrects another man, he feels inferior than the one who corrected him. It only shows that such a person does not yet believe that the least will always be greater and that those who accept correction with joy and gratitude may be greater than the one who corrects.

  157. Advices are given to those who want to know how to do or what to do, or wish to do better. It is not given to the obstinate. The obstinate need the teaching of the rod and not advice. They reject advice.

  158. "...Full of grace and truth"; "And great grace was upon them all", John 1:14; Act.4:33. There are many other words and ways to describe the baptism with the Holy Spirit. To be full of grace or of God's power are two of them. Grace is synonymous of power. One needs to grow in grace in proportion to the growth of spiritual stature. You can not jump over the wall into the sheepfold to "grow" in grace. To grow in grace, it is needed to become more familiar with Jesus himself, and growth will be natural and proportional to growth in stature. Have you ever imagined someone growing physically and not growing in muscle strength? Now, you can imagine what happens to all those who grow in stature and knowledge, but decrease in intimacy with Jesus and humility.

  159. By being or wanting to be the bride of Christ, any reckless look to the world is adultery. However, there are many people who say they cannot live without the world and still welcome it as a lover. Others marry the world and want God as a lover only. Then, they say they are not adulterers. "Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever desires to be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. Do you think that the Scripture says in vain, The spirit that dwells in us yearns to envy?", James 4:4,5.

  160. It is good to correct those who err, but it is good for the corrected - if he corrects himself - and not for those who correct. Correction is a gift of applied and sober wisdom. Isn't there "applied mathematics" at University? There must also be Applied Wisdom in practical life. Through this wisdom we must learn that there is difference between correcting someone whose foundations and bases are correct and who needs to correct a phase or some detail in the right path; and those whose bases and initial foundations are wrong or corrupted right from the beginning. I cannot straighten a phase of a road that has been born crooked or someone who goes in the wrong direction, because it will be better for him to be crooked enough to find solid reasons to go back to the beginning and start all over again. You have to know how to correct or whom to correct and in what way. It is not worth trying to adjust the details of a wrong heart or wrong source, as it is not good to restart any "person who has been washed and does not need to wash, except for his feet, but in the rest is entirely clean", John 13:10. You cannot rebuild a whole car when it has only some defective part and you can neither fix a part of it when it is only a lot of metal welded together. You cannot correct someone who has never gripped his heart and all his sins right from the beginning and has, consequently, set his hopes on a false doctrine and false assumptions and expectations.

  161. "Blessed are they who hear the Word of God and keep it", Lk.11:28. No one keeps a word he has never heard. But someone who does not keep what he has heard will not hear from God again. You may believe that you hear from Him, but you are believing lies.

  162. The will is an important part of any rational being. The Bible says a lot when it speaks of goodwill. And when it comes to the will of God in man, there is an involvement of the will of any man with it, whoever he may be. Either man's goodwill exists in relation to what is the expressed will of God for him; or there is only willingness (but not goodwill); or there is bad will on his part, leaving him angry, upset and impatient while performing it; or there is unwillingness; or there is indifference. I believe that indifference is the lowest degree of man's lowliness and evil. It is easier to convert a rebel than an indifferent person who deals only with his personal, daily material life.

  163. "The way of the ungodly shall perish", Ps.1:6. The way of the ungodly way is, in itself, undermined from birth and has the characteristics that make itself perish without anyone's intervention. That sort of path perishes by itself. It has the inherent conditions in it to perish. God has His nature - He is a nature. Within this nature, there only grows, is born and develops that which is proper to that nature. Wickedness perishes for that reason. It does not develop in an environment created by God. Everything that exists needs an adequate and compatible nature to develop itself. If it has it not, it will never develop and shall perish. This is what happens to wickedness and why it perishes. Wickedness does not need any intervention to perish, for it perishes by itself in a natural way. With the intervention of God it only perishes faster and without it, it perishes in its time and form. Holiness, in turn, subsists because it lives under the eternal nature of God. But, there is something else: "The Lord knows the way of the righteous", (Ps.1:6a) that is, He participates in it in an active and living way. Therefore, there are many reasons why we should remain eternally under the blessing of God.

  164. When we try to raise numbers and bring people to our churches by pleasing them, that is, by pleasing and flattering them, besides being seen as hypocrites by God and by Heaven, we become idolaters. Because people do not h