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

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

 

  1. "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.

  2. "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.

  3. 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.

  4. "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.

  5. "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.

  6. "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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  49. "If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there also My servant shall be", John 12:26. As a rule, every average Christian wants the reverse of this and thus prays without realizing that he is deviating from the essence of the Gospel. He asks God to be where he is, when Christ says that the servant must be where Jesus is. It is man who must follow Christ and never the other way around.

  50. "Truly, truly, I say to you, He who believes on Me has everlasting life", John 6:47. Believing in Jesus is very different from what is believed to be believing in Him. Believing in Him is violent to the flesh - very violent, deadly violent. True faith exterminates the flesh. In fact, believing in Him is synonymous with living with Him, loving Him, following Him and everything else that this can bring to our daily and continuous experience. It is not possible to believe in Him as we should by living the life of the flesh. It is necessary to have eternal life within and live only from it in order to be able to believe in Him in such a way that a life of faith could be lived and experienced to the full. Therefore, only those who already have this Eternal Life active in them can believe in Jesus. This is why it is said that "whoever believes on Me has everlasting life" already at work within. Believing this way is not the same as believing the way the devil believes in God.

  51. "For we have no power against the truth, but for (by) the truth", 2Cor.13:8. Some translations say, "we have no power against the truth, unless by the truth". Often, the truth (the reality of things) is about our sins - whether we keep them secret, hidden or camouflaged or not. Therefore, the truth of salvation (the one that truly saves) will be against that truth (reality) of existing sins, saving every sinner from any of his sins, as well as from the strength of those sins by exposing them in the light. Being in the light and having each sin thoroughly confessed, that is, sins together with their strength, has the power of exterminating whatever is related to those sins. The strength of any sin is, usually, its association with hidden temptation. Sin obtains its power by remaining in darkness, hidden and disguised in darkness. In darkness nothing is fully visible and in the light everything is exposed to die away. In darkness, all things are invisible or only partially visible. The strength of temptation depends a lot on how much we want to keep any sin or temptation secret, hidden, camouflaged or disguised by deceiving ourselves and others. Sin that is placed in the light (in visibility) becomes inert and loses all its strength. This is the main fruit/outcome of a sincere and totally transparent confession of every sin, whatever that sin may be. It is for this reason that John claims that whoever walks in the light is purified. To walk in the light is to be fully transparent. "But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light (...) the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin", 1John 1:7. This purification is to render all sin inert and eventually killed through exposure. Purification is synonymous with the death of sin. And sin only dies away by putting it in the light to be exterminated for good effectively, no matter how big, ugly or strong that sin may be. And also, only by exposure and full visibility does the old man die (crucified with Christ). And only those who are dead that way are considered justified. "For he who died has been justified from sin", Rom.6:7. It is against this truth (of the facts) that the truth operates. Only that sort of truth (transparency, reality, reality of Christ, sincerity in the light and being exposed by Christ in a real and true way), is effective against the reality of sin. And we can do nothing against the strength and power of these facts and that kind of truth that torments us - if it torments us truly - except for/by the Truth. We can try to take the strength out of any sin or dilute it in any other way, but experience will tell that both temptation and sin itself gain more and more strength if they are not exposed. When sins are not fully exposed they will even make believe that they are indestructible. And this is true whenever any part of it or its roots is kept in darkness. But, the lie is exposed when sin is pushed into the light and confronted by the Truth and the blood of Christ, because in the light, any type of sin is destroyed and disintegrated. "Unless by the truth". If it is not "by the truth" that we confront our essence and any of our sins, everything is done in vain. Unless the truth of the facts is able to expose all sinning to the most blessed truth of the blood of Jesus - which means forgiveness and, consequently, total purification (making us pure) - we can do nothing. Even if we believe we will succeed, it will be in vain. No one will be able to approach or embrace the Father in any other way. Only by way of truth. "Jesus said to him, I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life; no one comes to the Father but by Me", John 14:6.

  52. "If we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another", 1John 1:7. There is and will never be true communion between beings except through real, total, true transparency as the only form of life. Being in the light, fully exposed, is the only way to obtain/have true communion with brothers.

  53. "Now, there is a pool at the Sheep Gate at Jerusalem (...)In these lay a great multitude of those who were sick (...) an angel went down at a certain time into the pool and troubled the water. Then whoever first stepped in after the troubling of the water was made whole of whatever disease he had", John 5:2-4. God never left Israel without the knowledge of God. We can ask why only one man was healed. If we take into consideration that this tank was real and existed, we will hardly fail to ask that question. This was because there was a greater good, which was necessary to emphasize: the existence of God and His care in attracting attention to the salvation of the soul. Therefore, it was necessary that no one forgot that God was real, existed and was even powerful to heal. This tank only served as a reminder of His existence and nothing more. As much as it costs us, we must take into account that God has higher thoughts than ours and that physical needs seem futile and very dim if we compare them with the greater good that he has in mind. And it was for that very reason that only one of the many sick was healed by Jesus: to attract attention and emphasis on Jesus.

  54. "Because I said to you, I saw you under the fig tree, do you believe? You shall see greater things than these", John 1:50. There seems to be a certain rebuke in these words of Jesus. Believers sometimes prevent, with their admiration and through quick conclusions, a deeper conviction by being content with the first revelation that comes up to them. And even more when the person is someone in whom there is no deception, as was the case with Nathanael. We must and can rejoice in the first fruits of Jesus' revelations to our souls. However, we must refuse the idea that there is nothing greater, better or further than that, or that we do not have to grow from grace to grace. One thing will lead to another, one step to the next. Let us leave the conclusions for the finish line.

  55. Joseph, as Potiphar's slave, had everything under his power, walked free, took care of everything that belonged to Potiphar. The question that rises is: why did Joseph not use the opportunities he had to flee and return to his native land and to his father, since he was free to walk around and had this power in his hand? Then, we see Joseph as the owner of Egypt. Couldn't he have sent someone to fetch his father and the rest of his family? What stopped him from doing that? It is necessary to walk with God in exclusive intimacy to have things done this way and to have a true notion of when it is time to do something or when it is not. We cannot hear our heart, but God. We must be ones "who have understanding of the times, to know what we ought to do", 1Chron.12:32. This prophetic gift allows us to never go ahead or stay behind about anything if we are obedient. Now, if Joseph had everything in his hands to get out of the "times of God" and he didn't, instead he reassured himself, imagine how much easier it is to be calm whenever nothing can be changed and nothing can done about our circumstances - if we live, really, in His presence. That is why it becomes much more difficult whenever we lack nothing.

  56. "Take heed how you hear", Lk.8:18. It is necessary to understand that there are ways of hearing that are not saving, that is, there is a way of hearing that can prevent us from being saved from some sin. Listening and understanding to preach to others is one of the ways of listening badly. If we are understanding what we hear, the word is being addressing us and not to others. To listen to take advantage of the word of God for material benefits is to have an ear from hell and not from heaven. Listening this way is not doing here on earth the way things are done in heaven. Everything must be done the way all things are done in heaven.

  57. "The Lord was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man", Gen.39:2. In what sense was Joseph prosperous? He was a slave; received no salary; he had only what to eat and where to sleep; had no established working hours - he had to work whenever called; he had no home of his own; I doubt that the bed where you slept was his; he did not own his life; he couldn't have what he wanted; he lived far from his family; he was despised among the Egyptians being Hebrew, as well as being a slave. So, what did this prosperity consist of? What stood out so much about him? He was not only prosperous, but this prosperity was visible and desirable to all who lived around him. Even within the dungeon he prospered visibly. How could he prosper in prison? God was with him. Everything he touched was blessed, although none of what he touched was his own, much less for his own benefit. It is necessary that everyone who is rich or poor, healthy or sick, sheep or shepherd, be fully aware of what true prosperity consists of. Do you want to be seen or do you want to be visibly under this prosperity of God? Do you want a new car or do you want God to become your visible and sure companion while driving that car or while walking barefoot on the street or surviving from a honest work? Do you want to show your home to friends or do you want God to give His testimony about your walking, talking and thinking? Who sits in the throne of your life? Who is seen in your life?

  58. We know how important any testimony of life is, especially for descendants and their surroundings. But, normally, all the emphasis is placed on what man is, can be, reveals in the form of virtuosity and direct appearance. I recognize that this is very important as an example. But, we must know how to distinguish between example and testimony. What our children will remember and try to achieve is the evident testimony of how unequivocally God has been with us. And that sort of testimony is given only by God Himself. If God really acted, became evident, manifested Himself, blessed, became visible and real because of someone's life, if He heard our prayers publicly, we can consider that as testimony and evidence. The children will say: If God helped my father (mother) in that way, surely He can do the same for me". "We have seen, for certain, that the Lord is with you", Gen.26:28. This is and will always be a true testimony and not one that puts the emphasis on someone's conduct or message. Conduct bears witness to the person and is important, but only as an example. And, any example may be forced, manipulated or even instigated for many pressuring reasons. A good example is one brought by a true heart conduct, where the heart and the conduct are one. The example may lead someone away from the gospel, but we need to give evidence of a true testimony of God, being Himself to give it. "... Also testifying God with them", Heb.2:4. This testimony will attract even those whose face is opposed to the example of a man. And the testimony occurs only with the proximity of God. If He denies us, we will not have that testimony at work. "Demetrius has a good testimony from all, and from the Truth itself (Jesus Himself is the Truth)", 3 John 1:12. One thing is that which exalts and praises man. Another thing is that which creates reverence towards God.

  59. "In the Mount of the Lord it shall be provided", Gen.22:14. Many cry out for the providences of God and many others complain because those providences do not reach them or do not reach them in time. This mountain of the Lord is high up and sublime and it is necessary to go up to it because it will be there that God will provide. "Who will go up to the mountain of the Lord or who will be in his holy place? He who is clean of hands and pure in heart, who does not give his soul to vanity", Ps.24:3,4. If we are to take the whole word of God to the letter, we can believe that only those who climb that mountain can hope (can have a living hope) that God will provide by trusting Him. The others will be denied by Him, certainly, even if they try hard to believe that they shall not be denied. When they are denied, they must understand that they were unable to climb the mountain of holiness and, for this reason, they are denied and will always be denied every time they 'trust' God.

  60. "In the Mount of the Lord it shall be provided", Gen.22:14. Another thing that God will provide in His holy mountain (when we get there) is the protection of the pupil of His eye. "The Lord will create above every dwelling place of Mount Zion, and above her assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day and the shining of a flaming fire by night. For over all the glory there will be protection", Is.4:5. We must take into account that Jesus said: "Are there not twelve hours in the day? If anyone walks in the day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world", John 11:9. It is good to know how to walk whenever we have light and to know how to stand still when we do not have it. If we have promises that are validated because we fulfil the conditions that activate those promises; if we are walking at the pace of God, without delays, without fears that stop us and without haste that make us get out of His pace, that is, without delays, without setbacks and without getting ahead of Him; it is obvious that we can walk safely without doubting that God's true, genuine and timely provisions will occur. "The Lord will provide". We will be sure of that in His holy mountain - and only there, because, outside of it, we will always be doubting and those who doubt do not receive anything whatsoever from the Lord.

  61. "For he is a prophet, and he shall pray for you", Gen.20:7. A prophet is and will always be someone who expresses and speaks the word of God for God, although, in the case of Abraham here, he is someone who pleads with God and receives an answer. Therefore, he is someone very close to God. We know that every word from God is a proven and purified word as if it were gold that has passed through the test of fire at high temperature to obtain its purity. We can say that the word "prophet" or "prophecy" has something that reminds us of "proof". I believe that both the prophet and the prophecy are purified as if by fire and that prophecy is a word that comes out of the purification of that furnace and is given while it is still in the form of a flaming fire. Every true word of God is purified in motives, both of the prophet and of the prophecy (word) itself; this word is exempt from pleasing or displeasing people, and that idea does not even come up in the mind of a true prophet; and it bears fruit and will have its confirmation in all those who are truly pure and hear that word.

  62. "After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, saying, "Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward", Gen.15:1. Abram had rejected everything that the kings had given him as a reward for his deed. He had the chance to take hold of the promised land and he didn't because God had said it would be He giving it to him. Because of God's honour he refused to take anything from them. However, he spoke for him and did not speak for the people that attended him, because he said that they should be given what was rightful. And it was under these circumstances that God approached his crushed soul and said that Abram had reached the point where only God would be his true reward and should not fear of having done the wrong thing. His reward was no longer wealth, offspring or anything other than God Himself as an ever-present person. "... That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection ...", Phil.3:10. We must get to the point of our existence where Jesus is truly and exclusively our true and only reward and where nothing else can be considered as a reward or compensation. "My soul said to the Lord, You are my Lord; I have no goodness apart from You". "Whom have I in Heaven? And besides You I desire no one on earth", Ps.16:2;73:25.

  63. There are things which are inseparable. We cannot segregate them or have them apart. I have always believed that any feeling of inferiority is a camouflaged and disguised feeling of superiority. Any feeling of inferiority is not separate from feelings of superiority. The smallness of any man or woman does not consist in what he feels or thinks about himself. The smallness of any man is his way of life before God and men and not the way he feels before people or God. Whenever someone thinks he is small - or says he is small - he is not dead (he is not crucified with Christ). And we must and can be fully dead in Christ - literally dead. I have not yet seen a dead man think he is small or great. Any dead one does not think anything of himself, does not think or reason about such things. A dead man is dead. A dead person doesn't even think that he is dead or not dead - only if he is not really dead to this world and to sin. I also have another certainty: everyone who thinks he is small is not always truthful to himself, much less about himself. True humility is to be ourselves within the greatness of God. Being truthful, practicing the truth - even about ourselves - within the context of God is what humility is all about. Many people are able to believe many things and most of them are not true. Therefore, when a person thinks he is small and tries to show smallness, he will always tend to rise as soon as he is exalted because he is only small in appearance. It is a danger to exalt, praise or promote such people. They have a tendency and aptitudes to become proud and to fall into the devil's temptation.

  64. Anger, rage, bitterness or any other malevolent feeling always becomes prevalent in all of our actions and opinions, even when we are trying to be nice. When we think of others, we judge them according to what we are and not according to the truth. One way or another, whenever we are bitter, we will always find some argument to hurt, and to unload the rubbish of that bitterness on someone who does not agree with us. When this is the case, people rather give expression to what they are and feel and never practice the truth.

  65. All those who live for God with God know how important it is to dedicate time to study, understand and search the word of God and that this word be alive, fluent and really coming from God at proper timings. No one can do without it. But, there is something as important or more important than that, which should never be neglected, not even for a minute: walking in that word every moment of our existence. Those who are practical about His word shall receive more of it to grow on. It is necessary to remember with or without effort, to be attentive, focused and give the exclusivity of all our time and dedication as a priority to become doers of every word of God. And this must be done exclusively. "Be doers of the word and not just listeners, deceiving yourself with false speeches", James 1:22. A "false speech" is not something that does not say what is true, but it is a truth spoken and understood that does not correspond to the practicing reality of the speaker or the listener. Therefore, it becomes a "false speech". "If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them", John 13:17. And when we start to be doers, we always need to start where it is most difficult, in the most complicated place, while still in the ordeal, in the environment that surrounds us and with the most difficult people we encounter as well.

  66. "When he Spirit of Truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth", John 16:13. We have here a key word in this statement/promise of Jesus: the word "truth". Many desire to be guided by God, and some even demand to be guided by Him. But, Jesus did not promise to guide people, but rather to guide them in the whole truth. In the first place, we will be guided in the path of truth and not only in what suits us. Nor is one partly guided in the truth. Whoever wants only part of the truth will never be guided by the Holy Spirit. Therefore, we must take special care not to expect or demand of God to guide us within our doctrine or what we believe is doctrinally correct. Secondly, only a truthful person will want to be guided by/in the truth. It is necessary to become truthful (not pretending in any way), sincere beings about everything that surrounds us, about things that happen or don't happen and we say happen. A true being does not fear the truth. The truth lodges in those who are really true about themselves and about all truths. A real person never runs away from a truth, does not hide, does not mask anything - and does not disguise himself. He wants the truth - he wants it above all. Your faith must not be feigned - either you believe or you don't; your reality is not altered, camouflaged or ignored; you don't fool yourself; you don't build castles of unreality. Thirdly, no one can separate truth from practical reality. "Whoever practices the truth ...". If it doesn't become reality, it's not truth yet. Ultimately, truth is inseparable from transparency. Walking in the light, fully transparent is a non-negotiable part of truth. Being true, transparent with nothing hidden is what defines the truth on personal level. And that is the root of humility and no other. This truth is practiced and is relevant as a natural and normal way of life. "He who practices truth comes to the Light so that his works may be revealed, that they exist, having been worked in God", John 3:21.

  67. "The woman said to Him, Sir, I perceive that you are a prophet", John 4:19. When we reveal what we are, there is no need to say what we are, because it is clear what we are. This transparency is what it means to walk in the light. I am sure that someone who claims to be something tries to cover up with words what he really is, rather impressing on people what he wants people to think he is. And it doesn't matter whether the person believes what he says about himself or not. For that reason, he is certainly not what he claims to be. No one knows himself well enough except through Jesus. Even this truth (about ourselves) is necessary to know in order to be truly free and fully freed from what we think we are.

  68. "You drew near in the day that I called on You; You said, Fear not", Lam.3:57. Many people assume very easily and, I would say, very lightly that God hears or hears them in prayer. They are capable of assuming an answer that never left the mouth of God. It is very easy to speak for God when He said nothing; it's very easy to assume in vain that He answered us. We need to have God as real, Someone who speaks to us, responds in a concrete way and who comes in a tangible, real and true way. We don't need to invent or imagine Him. "You approached me the day I called on you". Falsehood causes many to exchange the reality of a real God for what they think of Him. God needs to speak for Himself, answer for Himself and be real. Truth that does not become reality is not made true yet. It is not truth yet and can't be regarded as such. If God is not real in person and does not act like the person that He truly is, we need to search all paths and hearts fully to see where lies the problem, rather than assuming lightly that God hears or answers us as a way of encouraging us to move on in our own ways, so that we may carry on as usual. When God does not answer, any sincere person who has or had God as real and true, will say: "You have wrapped Yourself with a cloud from any prayer passing through", Lam.3:44. And that is faith. Faith is believing in the truth, assuming realities and if God does not answer us, we must believe in this truth and assume that as our reality. This is faith: believing in the truth instead of assuming answers that God did not grant - or has not granted yet, perhaps due to our falsehood that seeks unreality or that refuses reality. Never forget that God is real. No one needs to imagine God speaking. He speaks for real. In fact, as long as people are able to fake God's voice and are able to imitate it or hear voices that are not His, speaking for Him, God will not speak. This is a problem that unbelieving believers need to solve or sort out in their hearts if they want to hear God's voice more clearly in a real and true manner. God said that whoever is sheep hears His voice. So, let's focus on becoming sheep and not on trying to distinguish between voices we wish to hear. Sheep listen, sheep hear clearly. Whoever is not a sheep will not hear God and, consequently, shall hearken to the voice of strangers - even if that stranger is self.

  69. There is such a thing as "the order of things". For example, Jesus said, "If you love me, you will keep my commandments", John 14:15. He did not say, "If you keep my commandments, you will love me". "Whoever does not love me does not keep my words", John 14:24. Then, he speaks of what follows in its normal sequence: "And I will pray to the Father and He will give you another Comforter, that he may be with you forever", John 14:16. That is, "The Holy Spirit, which God has given to those who (already) obey him (who keep all His commandments)", Act.5:32. Everything in its order and proper sequence. One thing leads to another. For someone to get to Pentecost and experience eternal, constant, flowing life, he needs to follow this natural sequence and, at the end, plead for that life of fullness having fulfilled all previous steps or conditions. And everyone who asks must be fully aware of the sequence in which he needs to be fully engaged and, also, the proper time of each step. This life of fullness is the true presence of God in a real way - something that no one is able to ignore; or be indifferent to; or go without realizing it. And it is in this presence that everything becomes possible, because God said to Abraham: "Walk in My presence and be perfect", Gen.17:1. He did not say, "Be perfect and walk in My presence". Here is the sequence of things calling for our attention again. And these things need to be found and not just defined and understood. Everything must become real in its natural, real and normal sequence. Truth that does not become real cannot be regarded as truth yet. Therefore, the sequence is: by loving Jesus, we will fulfil; in doing so, we will receive the Comforter in His fullness, that is, "the Holy Spirit, which God has given to those who obey him (who keep all His commandments)", Act.5:32.

  70. "Whoever drinks of this water shall thirst again", John 4:13. This is said of everyone. It is also for those who drink or drank that eternal water and, from time to time, drink of the water of the world as well. It cannot be said that they will never be thirsty again, for drinking the world's water will make them thirst again - even if they are believers. This affects everyone and not just a few. The promise of never being thirsty again is for all those who drink only the water that Jesus gives, those who drink it only. That is, this promise is for those who drink only from that everlasting well. This water not only quenches thirst forever, but it becomes a source of living water that flows to feed the life of fullness in those who have it and in those who seek it. It will not quench another type of thirst or water any other kind of living. "The water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life", John 4:14.

  71. "And He began to be sorrowful and deeply distressed", Mat.26:37. Jesus did nothing before or after its proper time. Everything has its timing when we walk with God for real. Until that moment, he had preached, healed, spoken, exhorted, and done everything He had to do. He dedicated himself to that moment of sadness and anguish only when the time for it had come. One of the characteristics of eternity is that tomorrow does not exist and yesterday has passed. There is only one moment, the moment we are living right now. Everything has its time and place and we should not anticipate anything. We cannot concern ourselves with what is not related to the day we are living right now. All pre-occupation (worries) is sin and makes us unstable and negligent people, who neglect and despise the moment they live, that is, the present moment. Tomorrow's load cannot be carried today because it will always be an overload for the day and which we cannot solve now. It is not only anguish or fear that betrays us to the point of overloading the day of today. Dissatisfaction, the desires of the flesh, carnal yearnings, vanities, dreams among many other things tempt us to try to anticipate certain things or, at the very least, to occupy ourselves with them. The biggest problem with these temptations when they become anticipations is that they create habits in the person to always flee from the moment he lives and, by doing so, causes greater dissatisfaction. And when the day comes that you have been concerned about, you shall be overcome by the habit of thinking about the days to come, which have not yet been born. It is very difficult for a person to change his own habits and that is why we must avoid all bad habits, including the habit of thinking about tomorrow with concern. "Do not be deceived: Evil company corrupts good habits", 1Cor.15:33. We cannot talk to or worry about tomorrow. There are good and bad habits and anticipating tomorrow can easily become a bad one. Living only the moment we are living can and should also become a habit. Let us not forget that Paul said that, "By reason of use (by creating habits and experience) have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil...", Heb.5:14. We must obtain the custom of living only the present moment in today's long day.

  72. "Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels", Mat.25:41. It is very sad to realize that people who do not know or deny Jesus will end up in a place that was originally prepared for the devil and his angels and not for them.

  73. There are certain truths about our way of acting that we must understand. For example: we speak loudly or shout because we have little to say; the loudest preachers are the most empty, just as an empty cart makes more noise than a loaded one on a road with holes and lumps.

  74. "Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away", Mat.24:35. We can take in two things from these words. First of all, we see how serious God is about every word He utters, to the point of never letting a single one to pass. Secondly, we see that God (or Jesus) never utters a vain word, that is, he never speaks for the sake of mere speaking. He never uttered a single idle word. We can take each of His words to the letter. See how perfect God is! "If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man", James 3:2. So should we be, too. "I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment", Mat.12:36.

  75. "Take heed that no man deceive you", Mat.24:4. Jesus also said that, "If it were possible, they would deceive even the elect", Mat.24:24. This means that even if God makes it impossible for his own to be deceived, it is still necessary for us to be careful enough that no one deceives us. There are two types of caution that we need to exercise, make perfect and make usual. First of all, there are the deceivers who can be very similar to the truth and to real ones. The most dangerous antichrist is precisely the one who most resembles Christ. These deceivers can be very subtle, intelligent and dedicated. However, they do not allow themselves to be disciplined by the truth in practical day-to-day life. At the same time, we must be extremely careful not to deceive ourselves as well. "Be not deceived", 1Cor.6:9. We can deceive ourselves in many ways. We can be our own deceiver or our own antichrist. One of the ways to deceive ourselves is to go to the other extreme whenever a deceiver tries to lead us astray. Remember that a deceiver is similar to the truth and is not contrary to it in appearance. Going to the other extreme is not going to Jesus to be guided and led. To go to the other extreme is to seek an own path, that is to say, going to an opposite extreme, and that is something that also makes us deceivers. We must make a point of never rejecting the whole of what deceivers say. "Therefore whatever they tell you to observe, that observe and do, but do not do according to their works; for they say, and do not do", Mat.23:3. Deception is often like the truth and does not appear to be the opposite of truth. The deceiver is one who goes his own way. "We have turned every one to his own way", Is.53:6. As much as we must beware of the leaven of others, we must realize that there is the capacity in ourselves to create our own deception because of deceivers. And, also, for a deceiver to be able to deceive us, it is necessary that the deceiver be able to reach and convince the deceiver that we are or can be. If the deceiver does not reach our heart, he cannot deceive us. And pleasing or displeasing people is a way of surrendering to deceivers.

  76. "But, seeing the boldness of Peter and John, and perceiving that they were unlearned and uneducated men, they marvelled. And they recognized them, that they had been with Jesus", At.4:13. We must never stop being true, both before God as well as before people. If we are not true, we must stop preaching the truth, because the truth only has its perfect effect in the mouth of the one who is truthful about it and about himself. The tone of sincerity and the sound of a real heart is audible from miles away. The disciples spoke of Jesus because they have been with Him. They could not deny Him even if they wanted because they knew Him closely and very intimately. By being truthful, they could not deny it - they could not lie. "And if I say, 'I do not know Him,' I shall be a liar like you", John 8:55. They could not say that they did not know Him because they have been with Him personally. Many have never seen and never experienced Jesus and speak of Him. That is the difference from those times to the ones we have today. It is good that you have been with Jesus in a real and true way before you speak of Him, so that you can be true whenever you talk about Him. Can those who hear you say you have been with Jesus?

  77. "You err not knowing the Scriptures nor the power of God", Mat.22:29. There are many ways to miss our way or to err on it. One is by not knowing the Scriptures fully or by not taking them into account. Those who are sloppy in this regard will certainly miss their way when they wish to enter the sheep fold. But, there is something that occurs in our times that we cannot ignore: not knowing the power of God. The emphasis on knowledge of the Scriptures is so prevalent in theological circles that it is ignored that we must just as well know the power of God in our lives, experiencing it continually. Without the knowledge (experiencing) of this power (which is the active power of grace or, in other words, the power of Pentecost) even the knowledge of the Scriptures will be misrepresented, malicious, immature, conditioned by variable doctrines and desires, labelled with some church seal, unable to save, improper, killing and creating hypocrites who cannot live and experience what they preach. It is a gross mistake not to wait in our Jerusalem until the power from above fills us in such a way that it can also remain with us. "Upon whom you shall see the Spirit descending, and remaining upon Him...", John 1:33.

  78. "As she continued praying (...) Hannah spoke in her heart, only her lips moved, but her voice was not heard", 1Sam.1:12,13. There are two things in this prayer that we cannot ignore. One is that Hannah was not shouting and screaming like modern believers who speak as if God is deaf or far away. Deep down, they want to be heard by people and not by God. Hannah was heard in heaven moving only her lips. Her voice was not even heard. The other thing was Hannah's determination in that silent prayer. She was determined to do what she purposed if God gave her the child she asked for. The determination of the heart is not seen in the strength of loud words, but in the strength and determination of the heart. Talking too much or even talking too loudly was never synonymous of determination. In fact, I believe it is the lack of determination that move people to shout, talk loudly and noisily. Most people who cry out in churches today do not even remember what they said a week after they have made such a noisy fuss about. Hannah never forgot her prayer and neither did God. Even though her voice couldn't be heard, her prayer had a voice. "Hear the voice of my prayers, when I cry to You", Ps.28:2,6. Many prayers do not have a voice. And praying out loud doesn't give them a voice. Hanna's prayer is a good lesson for today's believers who think it is because of their many words and the loud way they pray that they shall be heard. "Listen to the voice of my cry, my King and my God; for to You I will pray (and not to people)", Ps.5:2.

  79. "Hear and understand", Mat.15:10. I also recall Jesus saying: "Take heed how you hear", Lk.8:18. Although many do not listen with ears to hear, we know that listening is an easy task for anyone who wants to listen. However, it is still a task. Listening requires attention, availability and effort. For that reason, it is still a task - something that any busy person cannot accomplish because no one can accomplish two opposing or warring things simultaneously. You can be so busy that you cannot do, hear or concentrate yourself with anything else. However, we must know that the end-goal is not just listening. We must also understand. And once you have understood, you have to become practical because of the fear or love that this kind of understanding is capable of producing in a heart. This fear is the beginning of true wisdom. Therefore, there is something in these words that we cannot neglect: understanding is also a task. In fact, it is a separate task. It is another task. And this understanding that becomes practical can be an effort as much as it can be an intense desire that becomes an effort. We know that sinners are all under a curse of blindness. It is this curse that prevents this understanding (2Cor.3:16). We can assume and know that it is the people who do not want to listen to understand and do not wish to be saved from those things they love, and neither wish to be separated from those things permanently. We know that he who understands at the level of the heart can be healed, forgiven and restored to God - since it is from the heart that man does everything that he is capable of doing. It is from there that doing comes out. We need to be aware of how great the tasks of listening and understanding can be, even if they are separate and autonomous tasks. Listening and understanding do not always happen simultaneously. I may understand later when I dedicate myself to the task of understanding what I have saved to ponder upon later by listening well. On the other hand, the persons who listen well are those who assume that the word is aiming at them and not others. Nobody understands for others or instead of others. If we understand and hear well it is and will always be for our sakes. If it is not for us, we are not listening the way we should. If we understand, that understanding is meant for us and not for others. It is good that you are aware of this before you divert any arrow from God which is meant to reach your heart to anyone else. It is very easy to want to teach others with what has been addressed to us personally. It is obvious that if the person understands well what he hears and immediately understands who this understanding is for, he can be healed and saved. We must also take into account that nobody is saved without applying and without thinking much about what is capable of saving him. Whoever does not think is not saved. True salvation does not work like fast food. Salvation is hard work that involves the whole being of man who seeks and desires to be saved from all his many sins.

  80. I found in the course of my life that true wisdom is the common sense in someone who is able to listen to God. That is, it seems to be something that the person already knows without knowing it, unlike those who hear and are unable to understand. I believe that this wisdom exists in everyone, but it is asleep and hidden from (own) spiritual eyes. Therefore, when it is mentioned, it finds repercussion and immediate agreement in the heart. Sin is the person rejecting what he knows for some other convenient reason. That is why the Bible calls such an act "resisting the truth". "These show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and between themselves their thoughts accusing or else excusing them", Rom.2:15.

  81. "Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks", Mat.12:34. Even Jesus was amazed at this: how is it possible for someone to say things that are not found in the heart? The answer is clear: the world hardly does it, at least not continuously; and the true children of God don't do it either. But, religious people are able to say and do things contrary to their own heart, especially when evil abounds in their heart. And what abounds in the heart, usually comes out from the mouth. If it didn't abound, it might not be able to come out. Even goodness, when it does not abound and does not take possession of our whole being, it doesn't come out of the mouth. That is why we need to have and obtain abundant life and refuse to remain in the foreplays of eternal life within. However, being able to counteract what abounds in the heart is an accomplishment that only religious people can achieve. "But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment", Mat.12:36. "Idle or frivolous word" means an empty word, without content and without the corresponding existence of the reality of it inside the heart. Religious people do not believe that they can be truly transformed from the inside. They change outwardly only. I don't think they want to believe they can change from deep within. It upsets them because they want to appear before people as changed or in no need to change. Therefore, they need to create public conduct in order not to be rejected and, mainly, so that they can be accepted to be able to deceive and make more proselytes for hell. They do not wish to lose the benefits of any good conduct. If they believed that they could change from the inside, they would not fake their actions and words; and they would not adapt their words to the circumstances and the people around them. Sincerity has never hurt anyone, because those with a changed heart are a good tree that manifests itself as it is; and those with a bad heart will have the opportunity to see themselves as they really are, and, if they do not try to look different, perhaps, they can genuinely repent through the encouragement of shame. That is why it is important to make the tree good or bad. "Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or else make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for a tree is known by its fruit", Mat.12:33. And this is only achieved by promoting and creating sincerity of heart. This is what it means not to deceive ourselves. "Do not be deceived (by self)", 1Cor.6:9; 15:33; Gal.6:7; James 1:16; Jer.37:9.

  82. In all fights, disputes, dissensions, confrontations, that is, where there are two opponents, enemies or antagonists involved in any dispute, some thing always happens: one involved always seeks some weakness in his opponent to insist upon, trying to beat him with some cunning precision. It is inevitable that this happens this way. It happens in sport, in fights and in the rings of violent sport. And that's what happens, too, between couples who don't get along. The accusations, threats and focus always fall on what someone considers to be a weak point of the other. If irritation or impatience is the weak point of one, it is on this key point that the other one will insist trying to beat him in some way to stay on top of the situation. Therefore, we either recognize our weaknesses by watching or we will surrender our soul to our opponents. Our opponent is not the devil only, because Jesus himself said that "From now on, five will be divided into one house: three against two and two against three", Lk.12:52. You should not give or expose your weaknesses to your opponent. Find out what those weaknesses are beforehand, put them in the light and surrender them to Christ. Make a point of surrendering yourself and your conscious weaknesses to Jesus (those you are aware of) in those moments. Recognize before God your weaknesses and cliffs in which you may fall and always stand before God's strengthening will with all your heart and willingness to listen to him, and only to Him, continuously and exclusively. Then, do as you see God doing and not what the opponent wants you to do. When they put a banana peel in front of you, try not to step on it to slip. There are wives who threaten to leave home knowing that it can affect a father who loves his children; they try or only threaten with adultery to provoke them; they neglect important things at home on purpose; they seek what can irritate and anger their partner with the sole aim of achieving what they believe to be a weakness; they seek suicide as a way to hurt and blackmail; etc. In fact, they seek to win arguments and be on top of situations using hateful means, hitting and aiming at the target through a low blow. And we know that is the precise opposite of an act of mercy. The saddest thing is that this happens very often among believers, especially when one tries to straighten out to have his full living in full accordance with God's ways and the other does not. If it is true that unity is the main key to strength, disunity seeks and brings weakness, failure and defeat. And it is in this weakness that we must be fully and exclusively available to be strengthened and overcome by God. Strengthen yourself in God and do not enter into the deception of self-defence to stand up against whoever opposes you. Seek God and take refuge in Him with complete confidence and with total availability to depend solely and exclusively on Him. "Hope entirely in grace", 1Pet.1:13. No adversary of God can be victorious against Him. Cheer up in Him.

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

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

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

  86. "If one walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him", John 11:10. This means that a person stumbles only if he has no light within him or if he walks when having no light. If you have light, you won't trip and stumble. The point is not found in the effort not to stumb