Carnaval comes next week, promising pleasures of the flesh, and plenty of that there will be among people who follow their carnal desires. And then it will be over. Some will pursue more pleasures beyond that special celebration. But it’s a never-ending pursuit, a life-long frustration punctuated by a few moments of pleasure here and there. Continue reading
God up there, and us down here. What a distance, right? God is really far away, isn’t he? Not at all! For those who seek him, God is near.
The Lord looks down from heaven
on the entire human race;
he looks to see if anyone is truly wise,
if anyone seeks God.
Psalm 14.2 NLT
Let’s note these points from the verse above. Continue reading
We talk a lot, and rightly so, about what God expects of us. There are some things also that we can expect of God.
In fact this is why we work hard and struggle, because we have set our hope on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of believers.
1 Timothy 4.10 NET
What does it mean to set our hope on God? Among other things, it means that there are things we can expect from him. Among those things we can expect from him are these: Continue reading
We were destined by the plan of God, who accomplishes everything according to his design.
Ephesians 1.11 CEB Continue reading
Many Biblical books have one or more verses that express their themes very well. Paul’s letter to the Romans also has one: Continue reading
There are very few people who realise what God would make of them if they abandoned themselves into his hands, and let themselves be formed by his grace. —Ignatius
To him belongs the power forever. Amen.
1 Peter 5:11 NET
Do this, do that, resist the devil, stay awake — and know — glory to God for this! — that he will make all your effort worth it and will guarantee your spiritual success. Because all the power that belongs to him is yours in Christ Jesus.
Omnipotent God, I praise you for investing in me the spiritual forces to go the distance and draw near to you. Amen.
Ever since Cain, there has been talk of doors. Jacob had a vision of a door to heaven. Doors were a part of Passover. And doors appear in the Bible’s final book, as a figure of God opening to John a vision of his sovereignty and control of the spiritual powers.
After these things I looked, and there was a door standing open in heaven!
Revelation 4:1 NET
Paul wrote of open doors of opportunity, but here the open door is to understanding God’s action in the world. It indicates, again, that the book of Revelation, like the entire Bible, is just that: a revelation of God’s project.
That voice that John heard is for us as well, “Come up here.” Enter the open door. Understand what God is doing. See the strong arm of the Lord.
And be comforted in your sufferings for him and strengthened for faithfulness to the end.
Today we have machines like the radar and X-ray that give us a vision of what is otherwise hidden from us. We can see what normally we’d not have the capability to analyze. Still, only one can look into the thoughts and intentions of the human heart.
End the evil of those who are wicked,
and defend the righteous.
For you look deep within the mind and heart,
O righteous God.
Psalm 7:9 NLT
God sees into our depths with complete knowledge of each person. Nothing escapes his eye.
In our wickedness, we think he will see our justifications and struggles and therefore will excuse our sin. Each one justifies himself in his own eyes, but the righteous before God are those who do his will.
Let us therefore take care before making this prayer above our supplication.
We use superlatives for everything. Used to, things were “cool;” now they’re “awesome.” But when everything is awesome, nothing is.
So since we are receiving an unshakable kingdom, let us give thanks, and through this let us offer worship pleasing to God in devotion and awe. For our God is indeed a devouring fire.
Hebrews 12:28-29 NET Continue reading