CONTACTS
Contact us
Social Contacts



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. "When, you pray, do not use vain repetitions", Mat.6:7. The repetitions talked about here can be while we pray or they can be those every day of always praying about the same things, that is, we don't repeat while we prayer, but we pray about the same subject every day, every week or every month even if it's just once a week or once a day. Repetitions in itself may not be bad, because Jesus himself said that we must pray without giving up. Praying without ceasing, that is, praying without giving up, is not repeating but rather insisting because we have not been answered about something that is clearly God's will. The person who insists that way has a real sense of the reality of not having reached a clear answer when he didn't. Such a person shall, also, have the same kind of knowledge within when he has been answered, unlike those who repeat because they believe that they should pray as a ritual and not to be answered, or to reach God, or even for God to reach them. All who have a sense of not having been answered will, also, know when God has answered. This is precisely what John tries to convey to us when he says that, "we know that we have the petitions that we desired of Him", 1 John 5:15. What Jesus wants to tell us is that we must not presumptuously indulge in some vain repetitions as heathens who have no access to heaven. Vain repetitions are never far from presumptuousness or even presumptuous sacrifices, whatever those sacrifices maybe. The daily bread of any presumptuous believer is vain repetitions. We must understand that the emphasis in this verse of Scripture lies on the word "vain" and not so much on "repetitions". There are "repetitions" that are not in vain. There are repetitions that are not repetitions. The kind of insistence may wall up against something or anything that might be hindering a clear answer. on the other hand, there are prayers that are only prayed once, but in vain. We need to find out what makes any prayer to be vain. God is not deaf that he cannot hear and answer at once, Is.59:1,2; 65;24. When there are no valid answer(s), we must consider the possibility that there might be something preventing a prayer, or that there is something wrong with the prayer or with the person who is praying. God answers the righteous and not the prayer so to say. "Him will I hear", said the Lord about Job. It is not normal that God does not answer or does not listen to the righteous because Jesus categorically stated that "whatever you ask, it will be done unto you". If it doesn't happen that way, something is wrong - very wrong - and it's not wrong on God's side.

  2. "Do not be anxious", Mat.6:31. Another word which can easily be misunderstood in the Bible, very misinterpreted and misapplied in practical life is the word "anxiety". Restless walking is not just being more worried than usual or anxious in anticipation. To be worried or expectant is to be anxious under different circumstances. Being restless means thinking more than you should about something, brooding over what is not heavenly, moving our consciousness and inner presence away from the real communion of today with God - as long as this communion is real and not just one-sided. Restlessness means thinking too much about one thing or relating many things and thoughts to that thing, especially if it done so in vain. We know, too, that when one overthinks something that worries him, that will not cause him to do more about it than thinking of it. He thinks a lot and does little. Restlessness disables in many ways and when it does not disable or stagnate, it makes the restless person rush along some sidewalk or escape route. He often tries to fulfil for God, it is, instead of God, and still praises God for it. And, in so doing, in addition to disabling, it prevents, postpones or cancels God's own intervention. Restlessness is a pool of shifting mud that calls either for precipitation or stagnation. Everyone who rushes leaves God even if he believes he is doing something in the name of God, praying and crying out to be guided along parallel paths and away from the true Way that is Christ in person. "He who believes shall not make haste", Is.28:16. Let us remember that the Way is a person and not an occasional light to illuminate parallel or deviant paths. God does not guide backsliders or deviant wanderers. Backsliders are not just those who backslide into sin. They are, also, those who even believing, take paths or bypaths that only seem right but are not.

  3. "...For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you", Mat.6:14. The word "offense" is applied here in a very wide sense. In the original, it means things like a deviation, an unintentional error, a transgression, a sin. Most people distinguish between intentional errors/transgressions and those that are unintentional. But biblically speaking, there is no difference in consequence between intentional and unintentional sin. The difference lies only in what causes them. Let me explain. An intentional error brought about by stubbornness, or by unreasonable desire, has its origin in a deliberate or conscious departure from God to set out to love/serve sin. But, whoever errs without intending to err, that is, wanting to do one thing, but does another, also has or maintains his distance from God - even if he is under the law - without getting the means and transformations that call for the power and actions of grace. It is God who works to will and to do. In the first case, the person in question is lodged in sin and has no intention to get rid of it, even though he tries to avoid the consequences of this turning away from God. In the second case, the person also resides away from God in a world of the flesh, perhaps even against his own will, but also not wanting to do what has to be done to fully restore his relationship of true life with God. It is life that saves, it is new life that keeps us living. Therefore, he sins "unintentionally" because he wants to live apart from God serving a god of his own mind or desires. He doesn't want one or the other, that is, he doesn't want to sin, but he also has no way to use God's means to get away from sin because he lives by his own means. Imagine a fish out of water. Outside of its environment, it cannot swim, cannot eat or run after food. It becomes parched and dry like dry skeletons. It doesn't want to be dry, but it is dry. So it is with believers out of real and true communion with the living God, being found in a presence of God that is real and which is not presumptuous only. Those people sin "unintentionally" by being away from God. But, the main reason for being parched is the fact that one is outside his environment that is provided for us right from the act of creation. You cannot wish to be normal out of the water of life. So it is with all creatures who do not want to be withered and do not want to starve as a result of any transgression. The idea that, "if I know, I can do" is quite misleading because the truth is, "if I have (or have found), I can do or fulfil".

  4. "Give us our daily bread", Mat.6:11. This is a verse with many truths contained in it - with many important things to be taken to heart and to consider with enormous care and attentive regard and carefulness. 1."The bread": bread is a heavenly bread which is not made of wheat, but of practical truth revealed and manifested in a life and in daily living. "And his master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord made all he did to prosper in his hand", Gen.39:3. That is just how revealed/manifest it becomes! And to be practical about it, it needs to become something that is practiced spontaneously, naturally and as if, from a certain point on, we had never lived in any other way before or as if we had never experienced something different from what we have become. This is what the prophets meant by saying we should unlearn evil. "In malice be babes, but in understanding be mature", 1Cor.14:20. However, there is a lot to be said about the practice of truth, it is, about the practicability of it. "If we (...) have fellowship with Him (...) we do practice the truth", 1John 1:6. It needs to become something of our own, to be lived, experienced and practiced spontaneously or, should I say, without a second thought about it. This implies several things. We need to have a heart alike the commandment, that is, a heart which finds its fulfilment and joy in living and experiencing the commandment. "I rejoice at Your word as one who finds great treasure", Ps.119:162. We need to become the commandment itself (Jer.31:30-34). But, we also need to learn to live with, use and obtain the power of grace daily because it is that power that enables and sustains it. When something becomes spontaneous, what feeds it becomes imperceptible to our needs and to our awareness - we hardly realize what we are or what we are in need of as spontaneous, natural living beings. And if so, we can easily neglect the fact that we have to ask for our daily bread and be forgetful. 2. "Our bread": we must understand clearly that this bread is for us and not to be distributed without having become something personal and ours first. "The hardworking farmer must be first to partake of the crops", 2Tim.2:6. We distribute life and not knowledge. We teach to find real life and not so much to understand it. We teach, firsthand, how to fulfil and by which means and not so much to encourage to know what the commandments are. Explanations come after we have become the commandment in order to be better assured in our ways by knowing about them. We explain how to achieve and not so much what to achieve because we have already have walked the way to it and it has already become our daily living. Daily bread is for daily living. It is only needed to say "come and see". This is the reason why the gospel is a way and not a commandment or an end. We are the final result, the end. We become the bread that will be broken and multiplied and not our words. It is our life that must be broken into pieces and distributed. 3."Daily bread": for today, we need today's bread. We cannot gather manna for tomorrow's use - or usefulness - by living the fears of that day in anticipation, which also means that we are grossly neglecting our todays. When tomorrow comes, the bread gathered yesterday will no longer serve us. It will be completely rotten when we be in need of it. Have you understood why people's lives never work out, walking disconnected from reality's responsive awareness, being decontextualized from the overall reality and its practical truth? It is because they wish to collect bread to use it tomorrow, afraid of what that day may bring or, perhaps, unwilling to apply it now to the heart, which is one of the reasons why people usually postpone stuff. Tomorrow will be today in its due time, but, not now. I may have God-given plans, heavenly goals, but, I am in in great need of experiencing only today and today's graceful means and attributes. "This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it", Ps.118:24. If today is a hole in my carrier because I'm paying more attention to the days that aren't yet, if now is a failure because of any sort of anticipation, all tomorrows will also be compromised because nothing prevents me from having, tomorrow, the same habit of anticipating stuff, just as I am accustomed to do today - which is worrying (or rejoicing) ahead for nothing. Let us wait for all endless tomorrows faithfully, in real hope, by living this day to the full in all faithfulness.

  5. "Then, you shall again discern Between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves God And one who does not serve Him", Mal.3:18. This means that there are people with many activities within the temple of God who do not serve the Lord, but themselves, the flesh or somebody else; it also means that there are people who actually serve - or try to serve - the Lord in there. But it also means that there are people who serve the Lord outside the temple in everyday affairs who seem to be serving themselves and are not doing so; there are, also, those who make an effort to donate and do well having themselves in mind.

  6. "You say, 'The table of the Lord is contemptible' ", Mal.1:7. I don't know why the Israelis said that. But I believe that someday I will understand. Today, believers are no longer heard saying that the Lord's table is contemptible. On the contrary, all those who consider themselves believers - or good believers - have entered a wave of limitless praise, to the point of despising and neglecting the very preaching of the Word in their services. It is because they feed on doctrines and foods that should not be served in services, but, only in cults. Oh, I know, I understand it now. When the food is good, today's believers silently dismiss it as despicable because it doesn't meet their interests and expectations. But if the food is really despicable on a table that we don't know if it is still the Lord's, everyone keeps claiming that the food is good.

  7. "...doubting nothing. For he who doubts (...) is a double-minded man, not dependable in all his ways", James 1:6,8. The kind of faith that truly saves is fruit emerging from a real communion with God. It depends entirely on the presence and person of God within who assures us. God is constant, powerful, faithful and it is enough to know Him as He is, experiencing Him deeply from within to be safe and to be assured or even reassured. But when a person does not have this communion; or when that communion is intermittent with ups and downs (something that creates and sustains doubt even more); or when he is separated from God because of some transgression that has not been fully confessed or restitution has not been made to the rightful person; when something like this happens, any person will depend more on what he sees, he will look at the circumstances even more and he will have a heart divided between God and the world and will, consequently, be doubled or permanently divided between two ways. He shall be a double-minded person. He will begin to trust through fleshly power (which is idolatry) and will become intermittent in all his ways. Being inconstant is mainly due to the fact that we are not right with God and it doesn't occur because of difficulties, circumstances or the appeals of the flesh towards dangers. Such persons separated from a real communion with God (which is synonymous of not knowing God) will always be fickle and intermittent, whether in hardship or even in abundance. In abundance they will not be faithful to God; and in difficulties they will look to what surrounds them, either to fear or to trust.

  8. "I am jealous for Zion with great jealousy, and I was jealous for her with great fury", Zac.8:2. This word "jealous" means having great zeal and is synonymous of love and dedication. It is strange that God should combine indignation with love, that is, to have great zeal with indignation; but this is strange only to those who have a wrong view of what true love is, especially true love for the glory of God.

  9. We might find ourselves without light because we do not intend to believe or to accept what it shall show.

  10. "For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God", (Rom.8:14). Being guided by God is the only true certainty that we are in good terms with God. And God guides in many ways, both together or separate ways. One of the ways is that a person who is already sheep can, finally, hear his voice. Only sheep are able to hear clearly. The man on the Cross next to Jesus heard his voice after he became a sheep. This voice is not only audible by the ears, but by the heart that corresponds to what is being said. Many do not hear this voice because they are not sheep, even though they claim to be. Again, God can guide in many and varied ways. But hearing his voice is one of them for all those who are already able to make full use of the power and the abilities bestowed by grace in an exclusive way. He who does not listen because - for some reason - he has ceased to have a bilateral and real communion with the true God, will follow his path of a believer unilaterally deluded by paths that seem right at first sight. Such will seek advice and counsellors revealing an appearance of humility while the evident condemnation of his broken and lightless heart persists in him. "If our hearts condemn us, God is greater than our hearts, who knows all things", 1 John 3:20. When someone comes to us to ask for advice because he cannot hear from God, the best thing to do is to show, encourage and create the circumstances which make that person a sheep who can hear from God as promised, instead of answering him about what he wishes to know. Sheep hear from God. And God hears who has become a sheep. "Thine ears shall hear a word behind thee", Is.30:21.

  11. "Have ye not heard the words which the Lord preached through the ministration of the preceding prophets, when Jerusalem was inhabited and at rest?" Zac.7:7. When all goes well, whenever everything is going smoothly and at ease, people are so involved in their day-to-day life and pleasures and in the normal fulfilment of their desires that they hardly hear the voice of God or pay intelligent, diligent and faithful attention to what is said or revealed to them about something that may turn out to be different from their expectations or that breaks away from their day-to-day living. This can also happen whenever we are overly and selfishly involved in any kind of life, be it quiet or not, be it easy or difficult, for there are many types of thorns in a life which choke any word - even the word from a friend. That doesn't mean that the only kind of thorns are those which trouble as cares for this world. There are cares in the world that are pleasurable and are not considered as problems, even if they are a problem for eternity, which no one is really aware of. "I got married and I can't come; I bought a yoke of oxen (a car) and I'm going to try it", Lk.14:20. Getting married is something greatly expected and desired by many, but, according to Jesus, it can be a thorn that suffocates the seed of the word. Quietness in the world or pleasure in it also hinders attentive listening and suffocates a good word. And when something happens that God was warning about earlier (and no attention was paid to it), people are caught off guard and begin to doubt or even blame God for sudden and un expected changes. And when they doubt, they change their course of life, they change their plans, strategies, but do not change in order to get along with God or to be aligned with Him; and some still attribute these changes to God who never changes. It is not always good to meddle in the details of the lives of people who change plans constantly because they desperately want to follow their course of life at any cost to avoid doubting, even wanting to include God in these plans to guarantee their stubborn assurances; and any warning will sound as negativity to them. "Meddle not with them that seek changes", Prov.24:21. These are some of the symptoms of those who want to include God in their own plans. Therefore, they do not know if something comes from God or if it happens according to what God said or tried to portray to them. In fact, people involved in continuous changes of plan end up losing their direction and start to believe that something abnormal is happening to them, even coming to doubt God in a deviant path instead of doubting the path they are following determinedly. Instead of doubting the paths, they doubt God. God helps the backsliders to find the way back, but He doesn't lead them in the likeness of a path. For this reason, he remains silent. When God does not collaborate in the paths that seem right, the people involved in them persist in moving forward for lack of alternatives to their own way which might still be their own way, alternatives which they seek to fit into their way of acting and thinking. The fault of all this is the lack of intelligent and believing attention to everything God says when people think they have something better to believe and to do, than to be listening carefully and believing something that contradicts them. It can also happen that, had they paid any attention, they would say that they hear something negative that doesn't fit their perspectives. There are many and varied reasons for not paying intelligent, conscious, and diligent attention of which I will not talk about here. But when that happens, they will not know that the words formerly addressed to them were from the Lord opening the way for serious doubts during the straying path caused by some form of previous disobedience. "Ye shall know that the LORD of hosts hath sent me unto you; and this (knowing that God hath sent) shall come to pass, if ye will attentively hearken unto the voice of the LORD your God," Zec.6:15. "If anyone will do His will, by the same doctrine shall he know whether it is of God," John 7:37. If you don't listen carefully, you won't know that it was from God. Listening attentively also means believing that a contrary word is a good word - a very positive word, for we are corrected and not left to our own ways like it happens to bastards who are not real children of God (Heb 12:8). God guides and answers, but is silent when asked to guide along parallel, similar, deviant paths or with serious similarities to God's paths. "Is it not, because I keep silent; and that for a long time; and do you not fear me?" Is.57:11. And whenever God is silent, we must keep in mind that it can be a serious warning sign for us to return to where we have fallen. Only those who are guided by God can consider themselves as being His sons (Rom.8:14). And when God does not speak, there is no point in asking a man of God for his opinion, tempting him to sin by advising against God; and if this man of God speaks as he ought, it will always be with a "negative" word which, in its essence, is extremely positive and necessary.

  12. "Let us be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith; be sober", 1Thes.5:8; 1Pet.4:7; 5:8. Being sober is to keep and to maintain the ability to think and reason perfectly and logically. There are many ways to cease to be sober, and we're not just talking about it concerning drunkenness. When we trust God through things that do or do not happen to us, we can become temporarily or even permanently petrified in the faith, trapped in sadness, disappointments, distractions, thoughts, and temptations to give up or even to blackmail God or men. This is also ceasing to be sober, clear and confident in the person that Jesus is because we are distracted from God and the trust in His character by the desires that this life provides and creates through its disappointments and joys.

  13. Trust in God can be propelled and inflamed by the strength of the flesh and by carnal motives or motivation; or it may be that kind of trust that saves indeed and which is assured by the person that God is when present and real, which can't be moved by what sight or circumstances show, demand, or propose. "Greater is He who is inside us". Typically, the dreams of the flesh, the desires of this life and the inclinations towards its values, create a kind of hope and trust that wants to include God in its own plans and desires, whether those desires are hidden or obvious. In fact, people wish to deceive God because they deceive themselves. They treat God the way you would treat people, pleasing God the way anyone would please people. "Will you accept His person? Will you contend for God? He will surely rebuke you, if you make distinctions in secret", Job 13:8,10. When God refuses or hinders the plans of carnal trust, any such believer begins to waver, to doubt and to misunderstand the ways of God. When we trust in God, in His true character, we are not shaken by anything that can happen in a direction apparently contrary to our daily life. "If anyone comes to Me and does not hate . . . his own life, he cannot be My disciple", Lk.14:26.

  14. Any kind of resemblance/likeness forces you to live by appearance, by feigning, through hypocrisy and pretense. It is possible to create a likeness for anything that exists in heaven or on earth. There are similarities (resemblances) for love, for patience, of God, of the devil, of trust, of prosperity, of poverty and of so many other things that it is not possible to enumerate them all here. But the difference is that whoever practices any kind of likeness never has his heart deeply and sincerely involved in what he does or practices. Therefore, your whole practical life is an effort of pretense and its force or power is the emotion of the moment. There is no likeness that can make someone live from reality and truth, because a likeness has no life in itself, it doesn't get that life, it doesn't get God's blessing, it has no foundation and is impractical in its essence. That is why the Gospel is the truth or the truth is the Gospel. "Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free", John 8:32.

  15. "I gave her time to repent...", Ap.2:21. Sometimes the only means that God gives you to repent is time. Many expect a special or strong emotion to feel that they are called to repentance. They ignore that, often, the only means given to them is time and the opportunity to repent and nothing more than that. When the Scriptures say that God gives repentance (2Tim.2:25), the time He gives is part of that gift and is the main thing that God gives to make repentance possible/available. The more sober, more decisive and the less emotional any kind of repentance is, the more effective and the more lasting it will be.

  16. "Do not quench (sadden) the Spirit", 1Tes.5:19. Quenching or grieving the Spirit of God is the same thing. The results will be identical. However, we need to note that what people believe is different from how it occurs and what its consequences are. There are many things that quench the Spirit of God from our lives. But people don't always realize this when it happens. Samson felt nothing different when the power of God had left him. He acted as if everything was still the same. Unless we are very aware of God's presence or absence, we only realize that we have grieved or quenched the Spirit by the fruits of everything we do, say or think. Anyone could see that God blessed everything that Joseph did and, had he grieved the Spirit, everyone would also see it by the fruits he had ceased to produce, show or have. Whenever we grieve the Spirit of God, nothing will be blessed any longer, even if we pray incessantly, fast, and beg without ceasing. We need to go back to where we failed and parted from God, the spot where we fell. "Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works", Rev.2:5. But man's heart is deceitful and will always find some way to deceive even self. And when the Spirit is grieved and we don't return to where we fell to regularize (or re-establish) our relationship with God or with people, we will begin to live through appearances and insist on a falsified living. Then, we might make alike disciples and build churches for them which grieve God greatly because they live through appearances and resemblances of how it is done in heaven. Have you ever asked yourself why there are so many churches and no revival? It is because God is grieved by the many resemblances of Christianity all over the world.

  17. "That they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will", 2Tim.2:26. I don't really know how to explain this, but I'll try. The devil has a will. His will is to sin and to satisfy any form of selfishness. Selfishness is the opposite of love, the reverse of God's love. When it is said that people are trapped in the will of the devil, it means that they are trapped in the same kind of will to sin and not exactly that they are under his power, or are in sin because the devil forces it upon them and that he has the power to keep people under his control. In fact, what this verse means is that people are trapped in a devil-like kind of will, which is selfish and sinful. They are trapped in the will to sin like the devil is. This verse means, in practical terms, that people are trapped in a devil-like will with pretensions to sin and to transgress for the sake of own gain and by satisfying selfishness to the full.

  18. The true story of Samson and Delilah, in the eyes of the world, looks more like a fictional story as those which children usually watch for entertainment. But, this is a true story and full of meaning. It faithfully portrays what happens when God is no longer with us. To gather without God is to scatter, said Jesus. The means of grace, its power, are the heart of the matter for all those who undertake to execute the will of God, for it must be done as it is done in heaven (for the same reasons and motives, the same way and through the same power) and never otherwise.

  19. "...Not double-tongued...", 1Tim.3:8. This means that we need to have only one word, although there are many conditional issues around this matter. I will not speak about it now. However, this means that we must have only one word, it is, "yes" must be yes, and "no" must remain a no. God has only one word whenever he speaks. If he pointed out, guided, showed, revealed, taught and applied on us, we need not only keep that word, but we need to keep ourselves within it by keeping our hearts and motives clean and spotless. May our word change? It can and should change whenever we have been misled, whenever we have been deceived and whenever our heart has deceived us. Being able to correct ourselves is a saving and praiseworthy virtue. Many feel ashamed by acknowledging they were wrong. If so, they are ashamed of a great virtue.

  20. "Moses, returned to the Lord and said, "Lord, why have You brought trouble on this people? Why is it You have sent me? For since I came to Pharaoh to speak in Your name, he has done evil to this people; neither have You delivered Your people at all", Ex.5:22,23. As a rule, when God says something, we want it to happen immediately. In fact, we are always left with the feeling that it is going to happen right away. If it doesn't, we start doubting everything. Joseph's dreams did not happen right away; David did not become king the day after Samuel anointed him; the Messiah did not come on the day the prophets prophesied about him. And here we find Moses complaining because God did not deliver the people in the first days of his arrival in Egypt. We must never forget that a thousand years with God is like a day. However, there are occasions where what is said or revealed happens right away as long as faith is ready and up to the event (or up to the commandment). So it was with the lame man to whom Peter stretched out his hand to lift him up. So, a day can also be like a thousand years for God. "Beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day", 2Pet.3:8. I believe that every person who cannot hold on having to wait on the Lord is the same person who does not have the ability to perform the work of the moment God acts within us to perform it. They are one and the same person, it is the same unbeliever who is capable of doubting in both situations.

  21. "So the people believed; and when they heard that the LORD had visited the children of Israel and that He had looked on their affliction, then they bowed their heads and worshiped", Ex.4:31. It's so easy to worship God when He delivers us from the afflictions we're in. But it is another thing to adore Him for what He is, for the person of God Himself, for the person that He is, whether in riches or poverty, in sadness or in joy. Let's not forget that Paul tells us to rejoice in the Lord and not because of the Lord. We see that the people who "know" God only under blessings and worship him for that reason, that is, those who are amazed by God's doings, are the ones who complain and stagnate during the mishaps of the way. These are the first to complain and to turn against God.

  22. "When you come to appear before Me, who has required this at your hand, to trample My courts?", Is.1:12. The truth is that the false, the pretentious and feigning ones who come to God, but not to change their inner life, enter in vain into the courts of God, that is, into His presence. But those who cleanse themselves and want to be cleansed, transformed and converted in heart and want "the days of heaven upon the earth" need to enter the courts of God. These are required to do so. It is not good for them to think that they can live outside his courts just because they have been cleansed and have become righteous from the heart, that is, only because they have been justified. It would be the same as thinking that a plant, after it has grown, can be taken from the ground, or that a child can survive without eating just because it has already grown. The pretentious ones and hypocrites are required not to approach the courts of God, and the saints not to leave His courts for a moment. These courts are not the church, but the true, real and undeniable presence of God, wherever it may be. "Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it remains in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me", John 15:4.

  23. "Jesus spoke this parable to them, but they did not understand what it was which He spoke to them", John 10:6. Jesus was talking here about the relationship between sheep and shepherd - something very easy to understand and assimilate, especially by the Hebrews who were cattle people. However, it is very strange that, in many situations where Jesus expressed himself through normal, everyday things, people did not understand him. This means that people immediately noticed that He was talking about something they had never experienced before and not about the everyday life that was familiar to everyone. They soon realized that his words had another dimension, gad another instruction and another intention than what they could understand through examples and parables.

  24. "The words that I speak to you are spirit and are life", John 6:63. It can all be summed up to Life and it without ups and downs, that is, eternal and constant life. There are two problems with what many call communion/fellowship with God. People have always had tendencies to be religious. Now, if I dedicate myself to the study of the Bible and the Word does not become life, if it is not life, I will be another religious scam without God. It is necessary to know that the Word - every Word - is or becomes life. It is not study, it cannot be knowledge, but life eternal (without ups and downs), constant and permanent.

  25. Everything that Satan does is driven, started, and finished through the hatred and the annoyance he has towards God. His attitudes are conscious, obsessive, meticulous and inspired by hatred, which is extreme selfishness. The opposite of love is selfishness. This hatred makes his worst fears being blinded and ignored. In fact, these fears of destruction and doom drive him even further to cause his hatred to multiply and amplify itself in even more macabre minuteness and detail. He is consciously opposed to God (his aim is to oppose God and never to accomplish something) and wants, at the very least, that people don't become love. He's a wrong type of being, but not mistaken. We too can become misguided beings. If the devil does not make people so disappointed in God that they hate their Creator, it is enough for him that they at least, become indifferent to Him.

  26. "All that is not of faith is sin", Rom.14:23. If we keep in mind that the word "grace" is an "active power" or a "divine influence on the heart that is reflected in practical life (literally translated)", this verse is an unavoidable truth. If we don't gather with Him, we are scattering - even if there is autonomous gathering on our part. Since it is by the power of grace and through the affluence of God that any good fruit is produced, we must be very close to God to take all our steps with Him, through Him and for Him. And if all this is true, we must consider the other side of the question. It is well known that any man who walks only when he is autonomous will not know how to walk, perform and walk through the power of grace. Therefore, when God intervenes and we become stagnant instead of taking a step of true faith, we are in sin and in debt towards God.

  27. "The roads of Zion mourn", Lam.1:4. We can express this same grief today. The churches are falsified, the gospels are false, lies and scandals abound and the sheep are lost in the mountains and entangled in thorns of many kinds with no one to them or look for them. Is there a greater grief than this?

  28. A liar or deceiver preaching the plain truth becomes an even better liar. The devil's strongest weapon is to have a liar preaching the truth or a true-hearted one believing or preaching a lie. The sincere in heart preaching the lie, or believing it, does not make him more sincere; but a liar, preaching the truth, becomes even a better liar and more deceiving.

  29. There is a general consensus on what the grace of God is all about or stands for in the Christian world that does not reflect its true meaning. All state categorically that grace means "unmerited favor." It is true that the grace of God does not come to us by merit. Nobody deserves it. However, I can say that I don't deserve the day-to-day sunlight (and it's true) and the meaning of the word "sun" doesn't become "undeserved" just because I don't deserve it. The word "sun" means heat, life, light and yet it does not describe its true meaning being a star, the central star of the universe. I don't think you should change the meaning of the word "sun" to "undeserved" just because we don't deserve what we receive from it. The same can be said of the word "grace": it is an unmerited favor alright, but the word grace in its original sense means "divine influence/power on the heart that is reflected in practical life". Grace is an active power. We do not deserve this active power, but the fact that we do not deserve the power of Pentecost for life-transforming purposes does not allow us to transform the true meaning of the word into "undeserving". Grace is the active power of God in its most practical manifestation; it is not reached by merit, but it is still necessary that it be reached and found, even if by other means.

  30. "...He died for us, so that whether we watch or sleep we should live together with Him", 1Thes.5:10.It is interesting to see the words Paul uses here. He has a way with words. He uses the word "watch" as a synonymous of living - with still being alive. This is the same as saying, "whether we live or die let us live (forever) with Him". He uses the word "to watch" instead of "to live". Our whole experience here on earth must be one of a lively living watchfulness because the bridegroom shall surprise all at any moment. However, many people misunderstand the word "watch". Most of the time, they use this word and this practice in connection with the attacks of the devil or temptation. Nothing is further from the truth. Watching is being attentive to the thoughts and movements of our heart and conduct under temptation or trial, waiting for the Bridegroom with enough oil to endure all night if needed, to be found in Him and with nothing separating us from true and real communion with Him. Overcoming is not overcoming a tribulation by nullifying it, but is being found in full communion with at the end of trials and temptations. If the trial or temptation ends and I am not in full communion with Him anymore in the strength of the first love, I have come out of the trial defeated. Let's remember one thing: the devil has no power to suffocate the seed in the heart, persecutions cannot separate us from the experience and enjoy all the love of God to be love in accordance with reality and the real image we see of the living God. Only the cares of this world, the love for its things, the fear of the world or of death can separate us from a living, real and effective experience of Christ who is, also, the very living Word of God. Watching our heart is what is watching all about: "I have hidden Your Word in my heart, so that I might not sin against You", Ps.119:11.

  31. "If we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin", 1John 1:7. Walking in the light means being transparent in our most sincere state. Putting all in the light means exposing everything that is or was hidden, camouflaged, disguised, ignored or excused. Having put everything in the light, having nothing more to hide, to camouflage, to excuse or to disguise, we will also have nothing more to be ashamed of. Then, we can be completely comfortable being fully transparent. Being transparent like God who has nothing to hide or to be ashamed of, we will have communion with each other (and with Christ) and we are made pure by living with God experiencing Him in a real way. It must be real. This reminded me of how much is preached about the obligation of brothers to walk in communion with one another and to love one another. And this law of obligation makes people make use of effort to accept each other or to try to get along, instead of making clear to them that it is by fulfilling the conditions that lead to this type of communion and fellowship. They jump over the conditions and jump over the wall to enter the fold of communion with God and with men. Acting as if we have never sinned and hiding our true essence to make room for appearance is promoting a counterfeit fellowship and feigned communion when genuine fellowship is achieved only by walking and putting all in the light.

  32. There are some ways to face temptations or trials and only one is effective: 1) Seeing temptation as something that belongs to us and we want it or don't want to exclude it from our life; 2) Facing temptation as something that belongs to us by the nature that we have and, for that reason, we assume that it is useless to try to overcome and that we cannot resist or overcome it; 3) Facing temptation like losers who really want to overcome but, thinking we can't avoid falling or transgressing; 4) Facing temptation with a fierce fight, but without fighting to submit ourselves to God instead; 5) Fighting for submission to God to face any trial in peace and tranquillity as if temptation never had the strength that it says it has by bluffing in our ears. "O death, where is your sting? O grave, where is your victory? The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the Law. But thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ", 1Cor.15:55-57.

  33. "They profess that they know God, but in their works they deny Him, being abominable and disobedient and reprobate to every good work", Tito 1:16.The good works of which Paul speaks here, are those which begin in God, and are performed by the power of grace in all their perfection and end in/by Him. This is what we can call a revival. But, as we read here, we can conclude that there are people who profess God, but cannot perform these good works in a blessed way. For this reason we see flaccid churches, gatherings with little or no growth, with carnal believers and to which God refuses that blessing of transforming the world. And those who profess God and doctrine - however correct the doctrine may be - do not attain what has been attained by the disciples at Pentecost because they are reproved by God, though accepted by men and by church councils. Today, everything is resolved with a profession of faith, with a baptism or with involvement in a church as a faithful member. All are taught to profess God that way. What counts for such is the profession of faith where people say they picture themselves in God and that they believe according to the Scriptures. No one asks for the witness which God bears concerning the many who profess to know him. And it is God who has to give a practical witness in them, also through the works that are done, that is, whether they bear fruit and multiply or not. "...The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit..." Rom.8:16; "... even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you", 1Cor.1:6; "...well reported of for good works", 1Tim.5:10; "...God testifying of his gifts", Heb.11:4; "...he had this testimony, that he pleased God", Heb.11:5.

  34. "As the eyes of servants look to the hand of their masters, As the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress, So our eyes look to the LORD our God, Until He has mercy on us", Sal.123:2.The more I read the Bible and the more experience I gain from living with God, by experiencing Him in a real way and living with Him, the more I believe that our relationship (with God) must be real and ongoing in a real way. How can we look to the Lord the way a servant looks to his master's hands and a maidservant to her mistress's hands if we don't see God? How are we going to look to the Lord to learn if we don't see him? "Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner", John 5:19. "Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God", Mat.5:8..

  35. "But even to this day, when Moses is read, a veil lies on their heart. Nevertheless when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away", 2Cor.3:16. We have two things here that seem to be a bit of a contradiction, but they're not. If nowadays' Moses represents religion in general, then we can assume that as long as someone is religious (and not transformed by the new birth), he has a veil that does not allow him to see the truth. But the interesting part here - which seems to be a contradiction - is that people don't start to see when they stop reading Moses, but only when they are truly converted. That is, changing religion, leaving idols to be evangelical, ceasing to be a Muslim to become a Christian or coming from any other religion to be evangelical does not remove the veil from anyone's eyes. What allows us to see is the conversion of the heart so that it becomes in tune with God and with the new life in its most practical essence. When a person is converted, he stops reading Moses; it is not by ceasing to read Moses that makes him a convert. That's why people who believe to be missionaries travel worlds and cover miles of ground to make disciples more condemnable than themselves, that is, who convince them to "stop reading Moses" instead of truly converting them from sin to God.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  95. "I do not seek My own will, but the will of the Father who has sent Me", John 5:30. When Jesus said that he did not seek his own will, He meant more than what it appears at a first glance. In the original this word (do