Tag Archives: Faith

Who doesn’t want a better future?

A promise signals a change in situation not evident from the present circumstances. The best promise helps us to visualize not only the present which leaves us dissatisfied, but also the future that will bring great benefits.

The seed is still in the storehouse, isn’t it? And the vine, fig tree, pomegranate, and olive tree have not produced. Nevertheless, from today on I will bless you.
Haggai 2:19 NET

The promise invites faith which has confidence in the one who promised, that within the determined time it will fulfill its word.

The prophets, like Haggai, promised a better future, but the change depended upon the repentance of the people of Israel.

In the same way, today, peace of mind, the presence of God with us, and the heavenly hope all depend upon our drawing near to the Lord.

For who believes that things will get better by themselves?

Nothing impossible for us

Times are we start qualifying Jesus’ sayings so much, surrounding them with restrictions and explanations, that they lose their impact. One of them is found in this verse:

Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why couldn’t we cast it out?” 20  He told them, “It was because of your little faith. I tell you the truth, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; nothing will be impossible for you.”
Matthew 17:19-20 NET

Our problem is not in thinking that we can do everything, but in thinking we can do little. To such people Christ speaks. Read More

Day 3: Faith by counting the stars

The third day’s reading is done, out of 90, for the Old Testament.

Do you remember when the Lord counted Abraham’s faith for righteousness? It was when he looked up, at the Lord’s instruction, into the sky to count the stars and visualize his descendants.

Reminds me that in heaven there will be a “great multitude” beyond number. Read More

Do not trust in man

TrustToday is the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks on American soil. It is not an exaggeration to say that the world changed on this day, so great was the impact of this act of barbarity. It should have destroyed once for all the idea that man is evolving. On the contrary, he finds ever more cruel means for his perversity.

The LORD says,
“I will put a curse on people
who trust in mere human beings,
who depend on mere flesh and blood for their strength,
and whose hearts have turned away from the LORD.
Jeremiah 17:5 NET

May today’s date remind us that no carnal structure, no human effort, pleases the Lord. Only confidence in God is what gives us peace and hope for a different future.

 

Made perfect together with us

FaithfulnessThe famous people in the media show a lifestyle imitated by millions, but they depend on their fans to maintain their life. In a similar way, the patriarchs and biblical figures seem larger than life, but Christians should not think that, as much as they showed faith, they summed up the final work of God.

And these all were commended for their faith, yet they did not receive what was promised. For God had provided something better for us, so that they would be made perfect together with us.
Hebrews 11:39-40 NET Read More

Build yourselves up

We build homes, careers and lives, dedicating time, effort and money, in often exaggerated ways. But the children will leave home, one day we’ll retire, and death will arrive.

But you, beloved, build yourselves up in your most holy faith.
Jude 20 ESV

Spiritual edification is the only building that has eternal guarantees. it is a community process, not individual. The context suggests what should be done for such building: Read More

Who will pass?

eternal lifeWe mark the great passages of life with solemn ceremonies or happy celebrations. Birthdays, high school and college graduations, weddings, wedding anniversaries, promotions, retirements. These are important moments that deserve to be noted and celebrated. A passage of life that ought to happen to all, however, is experienced by few, and this because people refuse it.

I tell you the solemn truth, the one who hears my message and believes the one who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned, but has crossed over from death to life.
John 5.24 NET

The people of this world do not even recognize that a passage exists from death to life. They call death-dealing practices enjoying life. They think that immorality and perversity mean possessing life. They are dead in their sins.

Jesus guaranteed the passage and the bridge. Life is knowing the Father, receiving from him the new birth into the divine family.

The bridge is faith, a word which captures the whole human response to the Creator’s goodness. It includes repentance and immersion in water as the dividing line between darkness and light, death and life, between condemnation and cleansing from sin (see Acts 2:38).

Faith means assuming the Lordship of Christ, the paternity of the eternal Father, the empowering of the Holy Spirit.

Faith means confessing total dependence upon God, fulfilling the divine project on earth, putting oneself at the disposal of the Lord every minute of the day.

Faith starts and ends by hearing the word of Christ.

Passing a test, graduating from college will not, in the end, make much difference. Celebrations, weddings, promotions are things indifferent in themselves. But not passing from death to life brings eternal suffering, inexistinguishable regret.

Have you passed over from death to life?

When God acts

How many do we help or hinder by our actions? A false step can throw many off the path, can keep multitudes from finding the way. The right word and the good example may well be the signposts for myriads of souls to enter the Kingdom of God.

• I wrote today on Facebook: “You couldn’t overcome, because you hid your struggle, perhaps in shame, but by doing so, shut yourself away from help by fellow saints.” I was thinking of an old friend, now distant.

• Special times, like holidays, reveal how much of a priority is one’s faith. When they preempt spiritual commitments, faith is not first. But when even special moments can’t budge one from faith’s commitments, then the disciple has truly set Jesus as Lord of his life. Read More