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Acts 9:5 (1-18) “Who are You, Lord?

What do you see?

With that question Saul recognized that the God, from which he was seeking direction for his life, had answered him. What I mean is that even though Saul may not have known what he was doing to Jesus and His church, he thought he was doing the will of God.

There are many sincere people in the world, even today, who are wholehearted in what they believe but yet are completely wrong in that belief. How sincere you are about what you believe will not keep you from that Day of Judgment.

Yet, what we see in this account is the mercy of God on Saul. In that same way, although like Ananias, we don’t see how, we need to demonstrate the same mercy God showed us to those we don’t think are worthy. If God is able to rescue a cruel religious zealot, like Saul and change him into a Paul; why can’t I be a part of that process too… like Ananias was?

Wisdom involves understanding our lives from God’s perspective.

 

pensamiento-e, 31 de enero 2020

Hechos 9:5 (1-18) “¿Quién eres, Señor?

¿Que ves?

Con esa pregunta, Saulo reconoció que el Dios, del cual buscaba dirección para su vida, le había respondido. Lo que quiero decir es que aunque Saulo no sabía lo que le estaba haciendo a Jesús y a Su iglesia, pensó que estaba haciendo la voluntad de Dios.

Hay muchas personas sinceras en el mundo, incluso hoy, que son sinceras en lo que creen, pero que están completamente equivocadas en esa creencia. Cuán sincero eres acerca de lo que crees no te salvara de ese Día de Juicio.

Sin embargo, lo que vemos en este relato es la misericordia de Dios sobre Saulo. De la misma manera, aunque como Ananías, no vemos cómo, necesitamos demostrar la misma misericordia que Dios nos mostró a aquellos que no creemos que sean dignos. Si Dios puede rescatar a un cruel fanático religioso, como Saulo, y convertirlo en Pablo; ¿por qué yo no puedo ser parte de ese proceso también … como lo fue Ananías?

Sabiduría involucra entendiendo nuestras vidas desde la perspectiva de Dios.

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Acts 9:4 (1-9) “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?

Do you know what you are doing?

I think we forget that the church is the bride of Christ and that while we are here on this earth He is perfecting us for our marriage with Him, Ephesians 5:22–33. In those days when a couple declared there intent to marry they were considered married (betrothed), although they hadn’t consummated it. Legally they were married and breaking the commitment was considered adultery and grounds for divorce.

During that betrothal period the man would set up his business and get a house. The woman would go and make her preparations for marriage, which meant to separate her self from public life to commit to her husband. At the right time he would then lead a procession to come for her, Matthew 25:1-13. Then they would consummate the marriage and the celebration could begin.

Like Saul some, even today, don’t realize what they was actually doing. Persecution of the church is persecution of the Lord Jesus, the Christ and Son of the Living God. Those people need to be aware of the consequences, because God’s mercy will not last forever.

Wisdom involves discovering philosophies of hopelessness and rejecting them.

 

pensamiento-e, 30 de enero 2020

Hechos 9:4 (1-9) “Saulo, Saulo, ¿por qué me persigues?

¿Sabes lo que estás haciendo?

Creo que olvidamos que la iglesia es la novia de Cristo y que mientras estamos aquí en la tierra, Él nos está perfeccionando para nuestro matrimonio con Él, Efesios 5:22-33. En aquellos días en que una pareja declaraba allí la intención de casarse, se los consideraba casados ​​(prometidos), aunque no lo habían consumado. Legalmente estaban casados ​​y romper el compromiso se consideraba adulterio y motivo de divorcio.

Durante ese período de compromiso, el hombre establecería su negocio y conseguiría una casa. La mujer iría y se prepararía para el matrimonio, lo que significaba separarse de la vida pública para comprometerse con su esposo. A la hora acordada, él encabezaría una procesión para ir a buscarla, Mateo 25:1-13. Luego consumarían el matrimonio y la celebración podría comenzar.

Como Saúl, algunos, incluso hoy, no se dan cuenta de lo que realmente estaban haciendo. La persecución de la iglesia es la persecución del Señor Jesús, el Cristo e Hijo del Dios viviente. Esas personas deben ser conscientes de las consecuencias, porque la misericordia de Dios no durará para siempre.

Sabiduría involucra descubriendo filosofías sin esperanza y rechazarlas.

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Acts 9:2 (1-9) “so that if he found any belonging to the Way, both men and women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem.

What way do others see in you?

Most of us recognize this passage as the story of Paul’s conversion. But today I noticed something that I had thought about in the past and would now like us to think about.

At this point in the story of the developing church it had had a tremendous impact in the city of Jerusalem, some of the Judean region and some of the Samarian region as well. Everyone could see the startling difference in the lives of those who believed despite the persecution.

It wasn’t so much that some of the were performing miracles as much as there was a marked difference in the way the lived. This was because they were now looking at life from a different perspective. Life was no longer an effort to survive, but an effort to help others see what God has, is and can do for anyone willing to commit.

It was a new way to live. Something I fear many of us have forgotten.

Joyfulness involves looking past present difficulties to what God might be doing.

 

pensamiento-e, 29 de enero 2020

Hechos 9:2 (1-9) “para que si encontraba algunos que pertenecieran al Camino, tanto hombres como mujeres, los pudiera llevar atados a Jerusalén.

¿Que camino ven los demás en ti?

La mayoría de nosotros reconocemos este pasaje como la historia de la conversión de Pablo. Pero hoy noté algo en lo que había pensado en el pasado y ahora me gustaría que lo pensáramos.

En este punto de la historia de la iglesia en desarrollo, había tenido un tremendo impacto en la ciudad de Jerusalén, en parte de la región de Judea y también en la región de Samaria. Todos podían ver la sorprendente diferencia en la vida de los que creían a pesar de la persecución.

No era tanto que algunos de ellos estuvieran haciendo milagros, sino que había una marcada diferencia en la forma en que vivían. Esto se debía a que ahora miraban la vida desde una perspectiva diferente. La vida ya no era un esfuerzo por sobrevivir, sino un esfuerzo por ayudar a otros a ver lo que Dios tiene, esta y puede hacer por cualquiera que esté dispuesto a comprometerse.

Era una nueva forma de vivir. Algo que temo que muchos de nosotros hemos olvidado.

Gozo involucra mirando mas allá de las dificultades a lo que Dios puede estar haciendo.

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Acts 8:31 (26-40) “Well how could I, unless someone guides me?

Are you that guide?

Today few things stood out to me from this passage; first that God will not leave you alone when you seriously study His word. Now, I say seriously because when we look at this Ethiopian official he is far away from home with the intent to understand better the God he believes in. We know nothing else about him.

And, secondly we learn from this passage that God wants you to study His word. We see this illustrated here in that as soon as the man begins studying and has questions about what he is reading (8:34), God sends Philip, 8:26 & 29.

This shows us one more reason why we should be studying God’s word (besides to understand Him completely), and that is to be a guide to others. Understand that now the Ethiopian would be a guide to his fellow worshipers in Ethiopia.

For sure I don’t have someone driving me around in a chariot so I can leisurely read the Bible, but like the eunuch I can designate the time. The problem with most of us is that we don’t set a time to seriously read God’s word. This passage tells us that if we set the time and start reading, He will send a guide.

Initiative involves taking action to follow God completely.

 

January 28.2020 ethot

Acts 8:31 (26-40) “Well how could I, unless someone guides me?

Are you that guide?

Today few things stood out to me from this passage; first that God will not leave you alone when you seriously study His word. Now, I say seriously because when we look at this Ethiopian official he is far away from home with the intent to understand better the God he believes in. We know nothing else about him.

And, secondly we learn from this passage that God wants you to study His word. We see this illustrated here in that as soon as the man begins studying and has questions about what he is reading (8:34), God sends Philip, 8:26 & 29.

This shows us one more reason why we should be studying God’s word (besides to understand Him completely), and that is to be a guide to others. Understand that now the Ethiopian would be a guide to his fellow worshipers in Ethiopia.

For sure I don’t have someone driving me around in a chariot so I can leisurely read the Bible, but like the eunuch I can designate the time. The problem with most of us is that we don’t set a time to seriously read God’s word. This passage tells us that if we set the time and start reading, He will send a guide.

Initiative involves taking action to follow God completely.

 

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Acts 8:26 (26-40) “But an angel of the Lord spoke to Philip saying, Get up and go south to the road that descends from Jerusalem to Gaza. (This is a desert road.)

How do you see your job?

Weren’t both Stephen and Philip supposed to be doing something else, 6:5?

We don’t know anything about them except that they were of “good reputation and full of the Spirit and of wisdom” 6:3. It’s just interesting to me to see how that these table servants (deacons) were as active for evangelism as the apostle themselves were.

Yet, there was something special about these two that caused them to be selected for other work than that of serving tables. What was that special thing the Holy Spirit saw?

I think it was their attitude. I mean that they didn’t see their assignments as limiting their freedom to do more. They saw opportunities to do more and took them. They could have justifiably told the Spirit that they already had an assignment from the apostles and couldn’t go… right now!

Maybe they had remembered Jesus parable about the unworthy slave who couldn’t see past the job, Luke 17:7-10?

Initiative involves seeing and taking advantage of opportunities to share how God has changed you.

 

pensamiento-e, 27 de enero 2020

Hechos 8:26 (26-40) “Un ángel del Señor habló a Felipe, diciendo: Levántate y ve hacia el sur, al camino que desciende de Jerusalén a Gaza. (Este es un camino desértico)

¿Cómo ves tu trabajo?

¿No se suponía que tanto Esteban como Felipe estaban haciendo otra cosa, 6:5?

No sabemos nada sobre ellos, excepto que eran de “buena reputación y llenos del Espíritu y de sabiduría” 6:3. Es interesante para mí ver cómo estos sirvientes de mesa (diáconos) fueron tan activos para la evangelización como lo fueron los apóstoles mismos.

Sin embargo, había algo especial en estos dos que hizo que fueran seleccionados para otro trabajo que no sea servir mesas. ¿Qué fue esa cosa especial que vio el Espíritu Santo?

Creo que fue su actitud. Quiero decir que no vieron sus tareas como un limite de su libertad para hacer más. Vieron oportunidades para hacer más y las aprovecharon. Podrían haberle dicho justificadamente al Espíritu que ya tenían una misión de los apóstoles y que no podían ir … ¡ahora mismo!

¿Quizás habían recordado la parábola de Jesús sobre el esclavo indigno que no podía ver más allá de su trabajo, Lucas 17:7-10?

La iniciativa implica ver y aprovechar las oportunidades para compartir cómo Dios te ha cambiado.

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Acts 8:24 (1-25) “But Simon answered and said, Pray to the Lord for me yourselves, so that nothing of what you have said may come upon me.

What was your motivation?

So now Luke shares how the church began to expand into the surrounding area and people were listening and accepting the Gospel as their very own. Since the church was still young we see that to insure there was no misunderstanding the apostles were sent to them so they could receive the Holy Spirit signifying that there was only one church.

Yet in the excitement there would be some who couldn’t really understand what was going on. Thinking that a new show had come to town, Simon the sorcerer, wanted to know what it was all about. But when Peter showed up he was confused and wanted that same kind of attention for himself, 8:23 (he was addicted to attention).

What Peter saw in him was his confusion, 8:21. In Deuteronomy 29:18 Moses told the people of God that once they made a commitment to Him there was no going back, 8:23. This incident reveals that the sorcerer had only made a decision to get closer to the secret the Christians were hiding from him not to accept Christ as his personal savior, 8:24.

Faith involves recognizing your need to be saved from the consequences of your sins and accepting Jesus offer to you.

 

pensamiento-e, 26 de enero 2020

Hechos 8:24 (1-25) “Pero Simón respondió y dijo: Rogad vosotros al Señor por mí, para que no me sobrevenga nada de lo que habéis dicho.

¿Cuál fue tu motivación?

Así que ahora Lucas comparte cómo la iglesia comenzó a crecer en el área circundante y la gente escuchaba y aceptaba el Evangelio para si mismo. Como la iglesia aún era joven, vemos que para asegurar que no haya controversia, los apóstoles fueron enviados a ellos para que pudieran recibir el Espíritu Santo, significando que solo había una iglesia.

Sin embargo, en la emoción habría algunos que realmente no podrían entender lo que estaba sucediendo. Pensando que había llegado un nuevo espectáculo a la ciudad, Simón ejerciendo la magia quería saber de qué se trataba. Pero cuando Pedro apareció, estaba confundido y quería el mismo tipo de atención para él, 8:23 (era adicto a la atención).

Lo que Pedro vio en él fue su confusión, 8:21. En Deuteronomio 29:18 Moisés le dijo al pueblo de Dios que una vez que se comprometieron con Él no había vuelta atrás, 8:23. Este incidente revela que este hombre solo había tomado la decisión de acercarse al secreto que los cristianos le estaban ocultando pero no aceptar a Cristo como su salvador personal, 8:24.

Fe implica reconocer que necesitas de ser salvado de las consecuencias de tus pecados y aceptar la oferta de Jesús para ti.

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Acts 8:1 (51-8:3) “And on that day a great persecution began against the church in Jerusalem,

How is God pushing you?

Besides the fact that, in this account, Stephen verifies for us that Jesus is now at the right hand of His Father, there is one more thing that this story tells us. Although the church was growing in Jerusalem it apparently was not going out side of that general area. With Stephen’s death the nature of the persecution changed from political to physical, thereby driving the church out of its comfort zone and into the rest of the world.

We are also introduces us to Saul of Tarsus, who would later become the apostle Paul and be martyred.

The church was growing in the city and had expanded its ministry from meeting the spiritual needs of it’s converts to meeting the physical needs as well. Offerings needed collecting, bodies needed burying, people needed feeding and someone had to clean up.

But the church was not fulfilling one of its most important mandates, witnessing outside. In Acts 1:8 we read that they were to witness not just to Jerusalem, but also to Judea, Samaria and the rest of the world. So God had to give them a push. One of the results was seen in Acts 11:19-21.

Diligence involves applying the right amount of energy and concentration to the mission God has called us to do.

 

pensamiento-e, 25 de enero 2020

Hechos 8:1 (51-8:3) “En aquel día se desató una gran persecución en contra de la iglesia en Jerusalén,

¿Cómo te empuja Dios?

Además del hecho de que, en este relato, Esteban verifica para nosotros que Jesús está ahora a la diestra de su Padre, hay una cosa más que esta historia nos cuenta. Aunque la iglesia estaba creciendo en Jerusalén, aparentemente no estaba saliendo del área general. Con la muerte de Esteban, la naturaleza de la persecución cambió de política a física, obligando a la iglesia a salir de su zona de bienestar y al resto del mundo.

También nos presenta a Saulo de Tarso, quien luego se convertiría en el apóstol Pablo que sería martirizado.

La iglesia estaba creciendo en la ciudad y había ampliado su ministerio de satisfacer las necesidades espirituales de sus conversos a satisfacer también las necesidades físicas. Las ofrendas necesitaban ser recolectadas, los cuerpos necesitaban ser enterrados, las personas necesitaban alimentarse y alguien tenía que limpiar.

Pero la iglesia no estaba cumpliendo uno de sus mandatos más importantes, testificar afuera. En Hechos 1:8 leemos que debían dar testimonio no solo de Jerusalén, sino también de Judea, Samaria y el resto del mundo. Entonces Dios tuvo que darles un empujón. Uno de los resultados se vio en Hechos 11:19-21.

Diligencia involucra aplicando la cantidad correcta de energía y concentración a la misión que Dios nos ha llamado hacer.

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