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Matthew 5:4 (1-12) “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.”

Are you crying or laughing?

When I am faced with the realization that there is nothing I can do to earn or merit God’s salvation offer there is nothing left for me to do but mourn. But, if I accept Jesus offer I’m saved, therefore of what do I have to mourn about? (Remember that Jesus in this message is basically talking to those who believe, the saved.)

The word Matthew uses for mourn means to feel bad, but Luke uses the word that means to cry out, Luke 6:21. Together we have the sense of feeling bad enough to cry out. But, why should we have to mourn if our sins have been forgiven? Because as we now go through our lives, searching the scriptures daily for the changes we need to make to better represent our Lord, we will find sin that we have not yet repented of.

This doesn’t mean we’re not saved, only that we’re hurting our Saviors cause without realizing it. In 2 Corinthians 7:8-13 Paul explains how his rebuking of the Corinthians was offensive at first and caused them to mourn. Yet later, as they worked to correct themselves it produced joy and comfort not only for them but also for Paul.

I don’t know about you, but I’m grateful that the Lord is helping me (of all people) to find my problem areas (sin) and work through them to become the person He always intended me to be.

Gratefulness involves expressions of appreciation for His faithfulness in spite of our hardheadedness.

 

pensamiento-e, 30 de noviembre 2018

Mateo 5:4 (1-12) “Bienaventurados los que lloran, pues ellos serán consolados.”

¿Estás llorando o riendo?

Cuando me enfrento a la comprensión de que no hay nada que pueda hacer para ganar o merecer la oferta de salvación de Dios, no me queda nada más que llorar. Pero, si acepto la oferta de Jesús, soy salvo, por lo tanto, ¿de qué tengo que lamentarme? (Recuerda que Jesús en este mensaje básicamente está hablando con aquellos que creen, los salvos).

La palabra que Mateo usa para llorar significa sentirse mal, pero Lucas usa la palabra que significa gritar, Lucas 6:21. Juntos tenemos la sensación de sentirnos lo suficientemente mal como para gritar. Pero, ¿por qué deberíamos llorar si nuestros pecados han sido perdonados? Porque mientras pasamos por nuestras vidas, buscando diariamente en las Escrituras los cambios que necesitamos hacer para representar mejor a nuestro Señor, encontraremos pecados del cual aún no nos hemos arrepentido.

Esto no significa que no estemos salvos, solo que estamos dañando la causa de nuestro Salvador sin darnos cuenta. En 2 Corintios 7:8-13, Pablo explica cómo su reproche a los corintios fue ofensivo al principio y los hizo llorar. Sin embargo, más tarde, mientras trabajaban para corregirse a sí mismos, produjo alegría y consuelo no solo para ellos sino también para Pablo.

No sé acerca de usted, pero estoy agradecido de que el Señor me esté ayudando (a todas las personas) a encontrar mis áreas problemáticas (pecado) y trabajar a través de ellas para convertirme en la persona que Él siempre quiso que fuera.

Agradecimiento implica expresiones de reconocimiento por su fidelidad incluso mientras tengo miedo de compartir.

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Matthew 5:3 (1-12) “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

How do you demonstrate where your citizenship is?

Most all scholars agree that Jesus was talking about being humble. Being humble is a constant battle we fight within ourselves whether we are extroverts or introverts. In one-way or another we are addicted to putting our needs and wants before any others.

Although I believe that here Jesus was primarily talking to those who had already enter the kingdom we can agree that to enter the kingdom at all one must become humble. That is, recognizing that you are coming to God with nothing of value and totally depending on His grace (favor) to let you in. We can’t in any way earn entrance into His kingdom. Jesus has done that for us and it applies only if we accept it.

Once we’re in we need to daily remember our total dependence on His grace to live out that favor so others can come to Him as well (witnessing). These are two separate things. Gaining entrance into the kingdom (salvation) and living like a citizen of the kingdom (your daily walk) depends on each other only in that acting like a citizen doesn’t make you one even if you do experience a measure of success.

And, failing to live like a citizen doesn’t mean you loose your citizenship anymore than it does in the physical world. But, your claim to be a citizen becomes suspect to all of us as you fail to live it out.

Humility involves recognizing my total inability to merit or earn anything God has given me.

 

pensamiento-e, 29 de noviembre 2018

Mateo 5:3 (1-12) “Bienaventurados los pobres en espíritu, pues de ellos es el reino de los cielos.”

¿Como es que tu demuestras donde esta tu ciudadanía?

La majoría de los eruditos están de acuerdo que Jesús estaba hablando de humildad. Ser humilde es una batalla constante dentro de nosotros seamos extrovertidos o introvertidos. De una manera u otra somos adictos en poner nuestras preocupaciones enfrente de las de otros.

Aunque aquí yo creo que Jesús estaba hablando principalmente a aquellos que ya habían entrado en el reino podemos estar al acuerdo que para entrar en el reino uno tiene que humillase. Es decir, reconocer que vienes a Dios sin nada de valor y totalmente dependiente de Su gracia (favor) para dejarte entrar. De ninguna manera podemos ganar o merecer entrada en Su reino. Jesús hizo esta por nosotros y se aplica solo si lo aceptamos.

Ya entrado necesitamos recordar diariamente nuestra dependencia total en Su gracia para demonstrar ese favor para que otros puedan llegar a Él (testificando). Estas son dos cosas separadas. Ganar entrada al reino (salvación) y viviendo como un ciudadano del reino (su camino diario) depende del uno al otro solo en que actuando como un ciudadano no te hace uno aun si experimentas una medida de excito.

Y, fallar de vivir como un ciudadano no significa que haz perdido su ciudadanía tanto como lo significa en el mundo físico. Pero, reclamar ser un ciudadano llega ser sospechoso a todos mientras faltas en vivir como un verdadero ciudadano.

Humildad involucra reconocer mi inhabilidad total de merecer o ganar lo que Dios ya me ha dado.

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Matthew 5:1 (1-2) “When He saw the crowds, He went up on the mountain; and after He sat down, His disciples came to Him.’”

What’s your mission?

In verses 4:23-25 we see not only how famous Jesus was becoming but how much work He was doing. He must have been really tired, to the point of exhaustion. Remember the story when Jesus and the twelve were crossing the Sea of Galilee and there was a storm, Mark 4:35-41? Jesus was so tired He practically slept through the whole thing.

Matthew tells us that Jesus sat to teach His disciples. Yet, I wonder if Jesus knew that by the time He sat down, many more were interested in learning how to be a better person, to really live out God’s law would already be waiting. There was no hesitation on Jesus part, because exhausted or not He knew He had only those three years to do what He was sent to do.

Although Jesus messages was mostly directed at Israel, to try and get them back to where they should always have been it was not limited to them. The Jewish establishment (Pharisees, Saducees, etc.) had rejected Him and His message. By the time Jesus decided to take His message through Samaria He was no longer preaching exclusively to the Jew and was open to anyone willing to seek God. So, the Sermon on the Mount is now directed to any believer who wants to know how to live like a citizen of the kingdom of heaven.

Determination involves directing all our energies to complete the mission we’ve been assigned.

 

pensamiento-e, 28 de noviembre 2018

Mateo 5:1 (1-2) “Y cuando vio las multitudes, subió al monte; y después de sentarse, sus discípulos se acercaron a El.’”

¿Cuál es tu misión?

En los versículos 4:23-25, no solo vemos cuán famoso se estaba volviendo Jesús sino también cuánto trabajo estaba haciendo. Debe haber estado realmente cansado, hasta el punto de agotamiento. ¿Recuerdas la historia cuando Jesús y los doce cruzaban el mar de Galilea y había una tormenta, Marcos 4:35-41? Jesús estaba tan cansado que prácticamente durmió todo el tiempo.

Mateo nos dice que Jesús se sentó para enseñar a sus discípulos todavía. Sin embargo, me pregunto si Jesús sabía que para cuando se sentó, muchos más estaban interesados ​​en aprender a ser mejores personas, a realmente vivir la ley de Dios, ya estarían esperando. No hubo vacilación por parte de Jesús, porque agotado o no, sabía que solo tenía esos tres años para hacer lo que fue enviado a hacer.

Aunque los mensajes de Jesús estaban dirigidos principalmente a Israel, tratando de hacerlos regresar a donde deberían haber estado siempre no estaba limitado a ellos. El establecimiento judío (fariseos, saduceos, etc.) lo había rechazado a Él y a Su mensaje. Ya para cuando Jesús decidió llevar su mensaje a través de Samaria, no estaba predicando exclusivamente a los judíos y estaba abierto a cualquiera que estuviera dispuesto a buscar a Dios. Entonces, el Sermón del Monte ahora está dirigido a cualquier creyente que quiera saber cómo vivir como un ciudadano del reino de los cielos.

Determinación implica el ordenar todas nuestras energías para terminar la misión que se nos ha asignado.

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Matthew 4:19 (18-25) “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.”

How available are you?

Although I do believe that all of us, as believers, have been called to be fishers of men, there is a specific call to certain individuals to change their vocation and become what we call today full-time missionary workers and pastors.

This is what the twelve disciples were called to do. We don’t know how much time Jesus spent in Galilee but during that time He was able to affect the lives of many both physically and spiritually. The fishermen that Jesus called weren’t among those who had any physical needs. They weren’t poor and they had no illnesses that needed a miraculous cure.

Yet, Jesus was able to spark something deep inside them that yearned to do something different, something greater than themselves, something that would affect people spiritually. There is nothing wrong with wanting to have a positive life changing impact on society, but if you can have a spiritual effect on the life of another it becomes a social change.

Again, having a spiritual impact on the life of another is not limited to pastors and missionaries, you and I can do this at any time, but being a full-time Christian worker can give you opportunities the rest of us miss too many times.

Availability involves getting and staying busy with God given priorities and getting rid of those things that would get in that way.

 

pensamiento-e, 27 de noviembre 2018

Mateo 4:19 (18-25) “Seguidme, y yo os haré pescadores de hombres.”

¿Qué tan disponible está?

Aunque creo que todos nosotros, como creyentes, hemos sido llamados a ser pescadores de hombres, hay un llamado específico a ciertas personas para cambiar su vocación y convertirse en lo que hoy llamamos trabajadores y pastores misioneros de tiempo completo.

Esto es lo que los doce discípulos fueron llamados a hacer. No sabemos cuánto tiempo pasó Jesús en Galilea, pero durante ese tiempo pudo afectar las vidas de muchos, tanto física como espiritualmente. Los pescadores que Jesús llamó no estaban entre los que tenían necesidades físicas. No eran pobres y no tenían enfermedades que necesitaran una cura milagrosa.

Sin embargo, Jesús pudo provocar algo en lo profundo de ellos que anhelaba hacer algo diferente, algo más grande que ellos mismos, algo que afectaría a las personas espiritualmente. No hay nada de malo en querer tener un impacto positivo que cambie la vida en la sociedad, pero si puedes tener un efecto espiritual en la vida de otro, se convierte en un cambio social.

Repito, tener un impacto espiritual en la vida de otro no se limita a pastores y misioneros, usted y yo podemos hacer esto en cualquier momento, pero ser un trabajador cristiano a tiempo completo puede darle oportunidades que el resto de nosotros perdemos muchas veces.

Disponibilidad involucra encontrarse y mantenerse ocupado con las prioridades de Dios y rechazar cualquier cosa que se mete en el medio.

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Matthew 4:19 (18-25) “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.

What way are you following?

As I was reading today it struck me that Peter and Andrew were abandoning their private business and James and John were abandoning their fathers business, which would have been theirs in the future. And, they were doing this to follow Jesus, a man they had for all practical purposes just met. They weren’t just going down the street with Him, they were abandoning a way of life for something they didn’t know and weren’t trained for.

In verses 12-17 we saw Jesus first basic sermon message… Repent. Today in verses 18-25 we se the second part of that basic message… follow Me. The idea is that once you accept the fact that you’re moving in the wrong direction, the broad way then you can choose the narrow way, Matthew 7:13.

So, when the disciples chose to follow Jesus they were deciding to take the narrow way, which would require them to leave behind all their former expectations of life for a new way of living… Jesus way.

Faith involves resting all my hopes for tomorrow on God’s proven promises rather than on man’s faltering word.

 

pensamiento-e, 26 de noviembre 2018

Mateo 4:19 (18-25) “Seguidme, y yo os haré pescadores de hombres.”

¿Qué camino estás siguiendo?

Mientras leía hoy, me sorprendió que Pedro y Andrés abandonaran su negocio privado y Santiago y Juan abandonaran el negocio de su padre, que habría sido suyo en el futuro. Y, estaban haciendo esto para seguir a Jesús, un hombre que habían prácticamente acabado de conocer. No solo iban por la calle con Él, sino que abandonaban una forma de vida por algo que no sabían y por el cual no estaban entrenados.

En los versículos 12-17 vimos el primer mensaje básico del sermón de Jesús … Arrepentíos. Hoy, en los versículos 18-25, vemos la segunda parte de ese mensaje básico … Seguidme. La idea es que una vez que aceptes el hecho de que te estás moviendo en la dirección equivocada, la senda amplia, entonces puedes elegir la senda estrecha, Mateo 7:13.

Entonces, cuando los discípulos eligieron seguir a Jesús, decidieron tomar la senda estrecho, lo que les obligaría a dejar atrás todas sus expectativas anteriores de vida para una nueva forma de vivir … el camino de Jesús.

Fe involucra descansando todas mis esperanzas para el mañana en las promesas seguras del Señor en vez de las palabras inciertas del hombre.

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Psalm 119:141 (137-144) “I am small and despised, yet I do not forget Your precepts.

How’s your testimony?

In this Psalm the writer realizes that no matter how hard he tries friends, family and enemies aren’t getting it. They don’t seem to hear or see his testimony. And, although he’s consumed by his relationship with God, to others it’s like he’s not having any effect, he’s too small a witness.

It’s a simple mistake to make, thinking that our job is to win over everyone we know. But that is not our job. We’re to be witnesses, the Holy Spirit and Jesus does the saving work, we’re just instruments (the net, the hook). See, the answer to the question, how many drops of water does it take to over flow a glass of water is one. You might be that last drop.

Without your contribution the glass will never over flow. Our desire to see our friends, family and even enemies saved is commendable and necessary to keep us witnessing, but it is no guarantee of salvation. Yet, our testimony (the way we live out our salvation in words and actions) has value in eternity.

Determination involves directing all our energies to complete the mission we’ve been assigned.

­Today is Sunday, may I suggest that you take some time to review this past week and ask:

  • Did you add to your faith (mature, grow)
  • What did you learn?
  • Did you encourage anyone?
  • Did you serve anyone?
  • Did you share your faith with anyone?
  • Did you give?
  • Did you fellowship?
  • Did you rest?

 

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Psalm 119:141 (137-144) “I am small and despised, yet I do not forget Your precepts.

How’s your testimony?

In this Psalm the writer realizes that no matter how hard he tries friends, family and enemies aren’t getting it. They don’t seem to hear or see his testimony. And, although he’s consumed by his relationship with God, to others it’s like he’s not having any effect, he’s too small a witness.

It’s a simple mistake to make, thinking that our job is to win over everyone we know. But that is not our job. We’re to be witnesses, the Holy Spirit and Jesus does the saving work, we’re just instruments (the net, the hook). See, the answer to the question, how many drops of water does it take to over flow a glass of water is one. You might be that last drop.

Without your contribution the glass will never over flow. Our desire to see our friends, family and even enemies saved is commendable and necessary to keep us witnessing, but it is no guarantee of salvation. Yet, our testimony (the way we live out our salvation in words and actions) has value in eternity.

Determination involves directing all our energies to complete the mission we’ve been assigned.

­Today is Sunday, may I suggest that you take some time to review this past week and ask:

  • Did you add to your faith (mature, grow)
  • What did you learn?
  • Did you encourage anyone?
  • Did you serve anyone?
  • Did you share your faith with anyone?
  • Did you give?
  • Did you fellowship?
  • Did you rest?

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Psalm 119:136 (129-136) “My eyes shed streams of water, because they do not keep Your law.

Are you a part of the solution?

The “they” are not his eyes that don’t keep the law, but refers to those that should know better. In Luke 19:28-41 Jesus is riding a colt towards Jerusalem and as He draws near a crowd was gathering and shouting, “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord”.

The Pharisees following Him called to Him to tell the crowd to stop. They knew the crowd was quoting from Psalm 118:26, a reference to the coming Messiah. Jesus responded, that if the crowd were silent, the stones would cry out. Then He wept.

Jesus understood that God had been calling out to His chosen people Israel and they had not heard. God had made Himself known in nature and in the written word (Psalm 19) and still those who understood were hiding it from the people. Jesus wept for them, those who knew and refused.

Those who know and still refuse the obvious that there is only one God and Jehovah, the God of the Bible, is His name are the ones the writer is talking about. Paul called them his own kinsmen, family, people who knew him and his testimony and still refused to accept the truth of God’s word, Romans 9.

Compassion involves seeing the hand of God in the life of others and becoming part of that solution.

 

pensamiento-e, 24 de noviembre 2018

Salmo 119:136 (129-136) “Ríos de lágrimas vierten mis ojos, porque ellos no guardan tu ley.

¿Eres parte de la solución?

Los “ellos” no son sus ojos que no cumplen con la ley, sino que se refiere a aquellos que deberían saber mejor. En Lucas 19:28-41, Jesús está montando un pollino hacia Jerusalén y, al acercarse, una multitud se congregaba y gritaba: “Bendito el Rey que viene en el nombre del Señor”.

Los fariseos que lo seguían lo llamaron para que le dijera a la multitud que se detuviera. Sabían que la multitud estaba citando el Salmo 118:26, una referencia al Mesías venidero. Jesús respondió que si la multitud estuviera en silencio, las piedras gritarían. Luego lloró.

Jesús entendió que Dios había estado llamando a su pueblo elegido Israel y ellos no habían escuchado. Dios se había dado a conocer a sí mismo en la naturaleza y en la palabra escrita (Salmo 19) y aún los que entendían lo ocultaban de la gente. Jesús lloró por ellos, los que sabían y se negaban.

Aquellos que conocen y aún rechazan lo obvio de que solo hay un Dios y Jehová, el Dios de la Biblia, es su nombre, de quienes habla el escritor. Pablo los llamó sus propios parientes, familiares, personas que lo conocieron a él y su testimonio, y aún se negaron a aceptar la verdad de la palabra de Dios, Romanos 9.

Compasión involucra viendo la mano de Dios en la vida de otros y haciéndome parte de esa solución, Romanos 12:20-21.

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