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April 30.14 ethot

1 John 3:19 (19-24) “We will know by this that we are of the truth, and will assure our hearts before Him in whatever our hearts condemns us;

How do you obey?

We don’t always feel any better doing the things God wants us to do.

Little children need to be told what to do, when to do it and how do to it. Somewhere along the line they should be told why, as well. They don’t need to be told how to feel. Those right feelings will come along soon enough.

As believers we don’t need to feel like loving our brothers in Christ or our neighbor to obey the Lord. We just need to do it. We need to fix our eyes on the Lord, realize that God understands where we are right now and then, knowing what God wants, get to work. He knows what our mood is. He knows when we’ve sinned and don’t feel very holy or saved, He knows.

He also knows who His children are and that this life we have chosen is not easy for us. Trust Him, He knows… now get to work.

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

 

pensamiento-e, 30 de abril, 2014

1 de Juan 3:19 (19-24) “En esto sabremos que somos de la verdad, y aseguraremos nuestros corazones delante de El en cualquier cosa en que nuestro corazón nos condene;

¿Cómo obedeces?

No siempre noshace sentir mejorhaciendo lascosas que Dios quiereque hagamos.

Los niños pequeñosnecesitanque se les digaqué hacer,cuándo hacerloy cómolo hacerlo.En el tiempo debidose les debe decirpor qué,también.Ellos no necesitanque se les digacómosentirse.Esossentimientos correctosllegarana su debido tiempo.

Como creyentesno necesitamossentirque amamos anuestros hermanosen Cristoonuestro prójimoa obedecer al Señor. Sólo tenemos quehacerlo.Debemosfijar nuestrosojos en el Señor, conscientes de que Diosentiendedonde estamosen esos momentosy luego, sabiendo lo que Dios quiere, ponernos a trabajar.Él sabe lo queesnuestro estado de ánimo. Él sabe cuandohemos pecadoyno nos sentimosmuy santoosalvado, Él lo sabe.

También sabe quienes son sus hijos y que esta vida que hemos elegido no es fácil para nosotros. Confía en Él, Él sabe … ahora manos a la obra.

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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Luke 1:76 (57–80) “And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High;

I noticed this verse because normally the blessing of the father towards his child was given before the death of the father. In the Old Testament we see Isaac and Jacob doing this with their children.

This, of course, emphasizes the importance of the ministry that John would eventually have. John’s ministry was to turn the hearts of the people of Israel back to their God, Jehovah. And, that is what he did. But, the most important thing that work involved was to announce the presence of the Salvation of Israel, Jesus.

One note here about John’s name. I feel that it is important that we choose our children’s names carefully, that we ask God to help us choose a name that will help our kids focus on their God and not forget Him. John means, “God is gracious.”

John was really preparing the people for the return of their rightful King and with Him the re-establishment of their kingdom. But, as we will see, the people will reject Him as their personal Savior, which is the first step.

Enthusiasm involves discovering how your life can motivate others to praise God and change.

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Matthew 21:43 (33–46) “Therefore I say to you, the kingdom of God will be taken from you and given to a people producing the fruit of it.

With this story Jesus fully condemns the chief priests and Pharisees (elders). And, in the process has given us a picture of what was to happen shortly and is happening today. A prophecy!

In the story, the son that was thrown out and killed would be Jesus Himself. The renters were the people of Israel at that time; who would be thrown out. The new renters are the church. So, when the Jewish leadership reacted to Jesus and rejected Him they had fallen on the “chief corner stone”.

Just as it seems very foolish of the original renters, in the story, to forget who owned that land it is very foolish today of man to forget who owns this land. Don’t be like those who rejected the owner’s offer of reconciliation. God is not finished; He has a developing plan.

Alertness is not just to danger. It involves paying attention to opportunities God presents for real change, right now.

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May 27.11 ethot

Mark 5:43 (21-43) “and He said that something should be given her to eat.

This story is a contrast in faith. Although Jairis believed Jesus could heal his daughter of a severe illness, he didn’t believe Jesus could handle death. In all fairness to Jairis, no one believed that anyone could bring the dead back to life, except God.

But the woman, in total desperation through caution to the wind and believed Jesus could do the impossible, even for someone like herself. When she was healed the joy must have been overwhelming. It is kind of strange that many were touching Jesus and nothing was happening to them. Yet, Jesus could sense what had happened and turned not to condemn the woman’s presumption, but to commend it.

I can only imagine what Jairis’ thoughts must have been when told that his daughter had died. Did he look at Jesus and then the woman and wonder what he should or shouldn’t think, should he be presumptuous as well and just believe the impossible? Jesus didn’t even let him speak and reassured him that faith was all he needed.

Now Jesus said something really strange. He told them to feed the girl because she was hungry. Maybe Jesus did this because at times we get so distracted with what we’re expecting God to do that we forget what we’re supposed to be doing?

Faith involves letting God do what He does while you do what your supposed to do.

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Proverbs 7:14 (1-27) “I was due to offer peace offerings; today I have paid my vows.

What interested me about this verse is her attitude towards God. Although she is obviously a religious person the god she believes in and the one we believe in are not the same. See, she has set times when she goes and pays her god off so she can go and do as she pleases.

The father warns his son that this is not the kind of person to have any associations with. They live in the moment, planning only to gratify an impulse. Self-control is something we all learn as early as possible. Yet, we can all easily fall to the call of an impulse; and we don’t worry about it if we can control it.

But, when those urges control my relationship with my God then there is something wrong. Living on impulse lasts for a very short time with no redeeming value. Only a person who has never lived thinks that following after wisdom is boring. Being spontaneous (considering God and others) and being impulsive (with no thought of self or others) is not the same thing.

Self-control involves placing even our deepest longings under the control of the Holy Spirit.

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September 28.10 ethot

Psalm 123:3 (1-4) “Be gracious to us, O Lord, be gracious to us, for we are filled with contempt.

From Psalm 120 through to Psalm 134 are psalms of ascents. This means they were designed to be song by the people as they drew near to worship in Jerusalem (the city of peace).

In this song the singer is asking for a break because he feels that he’s been singled out for undeserved persecution. He is looking to God for direction on what should be his next steps like a waiter in a restaurant.

When the waiter has a difficult customer he has to call the headwaiter to handle the matter. But at times the headwaiter has been watching and can give direction from a distance. In the same way, as believers, we will find it difficult to serve our Lord in a world dead set against Him. We need to keep our eyes on the Lord (reading and studying our Bibles) to see if He is giving new or different direction than what He has already given.

Of course we should always be looking at Him for direction, but at times, we should be aware that the Christian life, in this ever increasing hostile world is not easy, and to expect it to be otherwise is foolish.

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

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September 27.10 ethot

Psalm 122:3 (1-9) “Jerusalem, that is built as a city that is compact together;

From what I understand the city, in David’s time, was built partly on a hill, so there was a lower and upper section of the city. The really unusual part of the city was that the houses in the city were all connected to each other. With the wall complete it made the city more defensible.

The symbolism was that there was unity among the people of Israel and since the city was both the seat of political and spiritual life there was unity of purpose in both as well. So if you had been out of country for a while and were invited to return to the city, Jerusalem, your heart would be glad too, v. 1.

Today in these United States the houses have been separated more and more everyday. Our way of life is under attack and the walls broken down. The enemy is in the city and establishing itself in both the spiritual and political houses of this nation who were once united under God.

While there is still some joy as citizens of this nation we should get our own houses in order first. Then we can through out the enemies of God and this nation. Then we can through the enemy out of our spiritual and political houses. This nation was once united in its belief that there was but one God in the universe and He is the only basis for all moral behavior.

Deference involves putting a hold on my freedom in order not to hurt God and those He has called me to serve.

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