“Hermanos mios, tened por sumo gozo cuando os halleis en diversas pruebas” – Santiago 1:2
Parece algo contradictorio o sin sentido lo que dice este versiculo. Como sera posible no solo estar contentos o felices, pero aun en sumo gozo, cuando estemos pasando por alguna situacion dificil? Uno dijera que el escritor quizas no sabe que es sufrir por un tiempo de prueba. Como humanos, tenemos emociones y orgullo, y situaciones dificiles nos estresan. No son momentos gratos y como resultado, sufrimos. Es una locura pensar que en medio de cuando todo me va mal, cuando otros me critican, cuando me estan levantando falsos, cuando mi vida parece destruirse, uno puede sentirse feliz y tranquilo. Y si es imposible… pero solamente cuando no estas agarrado/a de Cristo.
La palabra de Dios nos sigue diciendo en Santiago 1:3 que por medio de esa prueba, surgira la paciencia. Es imposible tener dominio propio y no reaccionar cuando nuestro orgullo or alguna emocion es afectada, pero gracias a Dios, el nos ha dado un espiritu de dominio propio. Sujetandonos de esta verdad, y poniendo nuestra fe y confianza en Dios, no miraremos la prueba como la causa de nuestra derrota cercana, pero como la causa de nuestra victoria en Cristo. La prueba es una oportunidad para poder crecer, para madurar y ser mejor como hijo de Dios. Solamente con Cristo a nuestro lado es que podemos vivir confiados y con una paz que sobrepasa todo entendimiento. Solamente asi, podremos tened por sumo gozo cuando pasemos por cualquier prueba.
Luke 8 : 43-44
43 A woman in the crowd had suffered for twelve years with constant bleeding, and she could find no cure. 44 Coming up behind Jesus, she touched the fringe of his robe. Immediately, the bleeding stopped.
The crowd was waiting to see Jesus to welcome him. But within the crowd this woman who had been bleeding for 12 years, touched Jesus’ robe. She did not wait for Jesus to touch her or ask Jesus to heal her. She took the initiative, she made the effort, she reached out to him. While the crowd was pressed up against him, as the word states, people were very close to him and right next to him. In the midst of all this, Jesus felt her touch. She needed to touch him. She had faith that just with touching Jesus’ robe she would be healed. This woman did not just want to be with Jesus, she needed to have an experience with the Lord. Her faith healed her, but most importantly, her faith pushed her to go against the odds and get close enough to Jesus to touch him, to experience him and to get her miracle!
Luke 5 :32
I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners and need to repent.”
Then Jesus says “32 I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners and need to repent.” Jesus came to help the sinner. He came to the people who needed him. He did not come for the people who didn’t have issues or problems. Jesus came to heal and lead us to salvation. This does not only refer to the person who does not know God, or the one who has never heard of Him. This speaks to the person who is having struggles in their life. People in and out of church. We are all human and we all sin by nature. By falling into sin, you should not run from God but towards God. He came to help us in our struggles. He wants us to repent and follow Him. If anything, this should draw us, who know God, closer to Him as his spirit convicts us when we sin. We know we are weak without him, how much more, those who don’t know Him? We should not push people away from God once they fall into sin. We should encourage them to get to know God and ask Him to help them. Because that’s exactly what Jesus came for and who He came for.
Pero cuantas cosas eran para mi ganancia, las he
Hestimado como perdidas por amor de Cristo.
Pablo en el texto no se refiere a ganancias,economicas,sino a ganancias del alma.
Toda su confianza estaba puesta en su lucha por alcanzar,por ganar a Dios.
En sus esfuerzos humanos construyo una escalera perfecta.
Cada peldano era logros al cumplimiento de la ley.
Nadie podia reprocharle nada. Habia hecho todo. Se enseguesio con su meta
Y dejo a Dios de lado. Pero Cristo lo busco y lo alcanzo.Le mostro la meta.
Pablo pudo ver que la escalera no es necesaria.
Es mas,todos sus esfuerzos en ese sentido los considera basura,estiercol.
Conociedo verdaderamente a Cristo, todo lo demas queda en un plano inferior.
El es nuestro bien supremo, nuestra ganancia incomparable.
porque solo a traves de Jesucristo somos unidos al Padre Celestial.
Nuestra meta es vivir en su paz y compartirla.
Acts 17:23-2523 for as I was walking along I saw your many shrines. And one of your altars had this inscription on it: ‘To an Unknown God.’ This God, whom you worship without knowing, is the one I’m telling you about. 24 “He is the God who made the world and everything in it. Since he is Lord of heaven and earth, he doesn’t live in man-made temples, 25 and human hands can’t serve his needs—for he has no needs. He himself gives life and breath to everything, and he satisfies every need.
Wow! I can imagine these men of Athens listening attentively, this was the ‘’new religion/philosophy’’ they all wanted to see what it was all about. Like the apostle Paul, we have to take advantage of these opportunities to preach the gospel of Christ, our Lords merciful news of salvation. All these men were very religious, they complied with all the decrees they had to carry out in order to please their ‘’gods’’. Everyone wanted to know about this Jesus Christ and what he had done. Some people thought it was just crazy talk, but they all wanted to hear what Paul had to say. There are millions of religious people in this world that have been brought up in a mechanical way of ‘’attending’’ church and haven’t realized truly who God is or can be for them. Our God is the giver of life and he sustains every single thing by his mighty power, so we must all give him the glory and praise that he is do. There is no other god besides our merciful savior Jesus Christ, and just like the apostle Paul explained it to these men of Athens, so we must explain how generous are God is to all those who need his salvation.
Lord I pray that you give me the words and the genuine desire to speak on your behalf, let me tell the whole world how you saved me. So that all can see that you alone are God, you don’t need me Lord it is I who need you. Thank you for loving me and saving me Christ, I praise you Father. Give me the knowledge and wisdom to shine your light of salvation on this world full of darkness, amen.
8 He will swallow up death forever! The Sovereign lord will wipe away all tears. He will remove forever all insults and mockery against his land and people. The lord has spoken! 9 In that day the people will proclaim, “This is our God! We trusted in him, and he saved us! This is the lord, in whom we trusted. Let us rejoice in the salvation he brings’’
The holy word of God says ’’ For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. ‘’ Philippians 1:21, this is the apostle Paul letting everyone know how important it is to rely on our God no matter what you may be facing. We believe that death of the mortal body is for a moment and I have faith in my redeemer this is true. My God has proven to me his promises found in the Holy Bible and I thank you Father for helping me all the days of my life, and for the life that you have granted me. I am blessed to declare and to preach the gospel of Jesus, the good news of salvation. Every time God provides an opportunity to share his message and wonderful mercies we must speak. This is our time to declare how mighty our God continues to be. Remember to rejoice, life can get really tough at times but through it all the Lord will always provide his joy no matter how tough it may get.
1 Peter 4:10
New International Version (NIV)
10 Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.
There are a few things to note here. First, this verse tells us that we have received gifts from God. We cannot let them be idle, we have to use them for His honor and glory. It might be that we are unaware of the gifts that we have, but we definitely do have them, and we can find out what they are with the revelation from God through His word. Second, it says here that these gifts have a purpose—to serve others. Not ourselves, as some people might have thought, but others. Once we learn what our gift is, we have to use it to be of a blessing to those around us. Third, it says that we have to faithfully administer God’s grace in its various forms.
Grace comes in various forms. Romans 12:6-8 says “We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; If it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach. If it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; If it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.” By the grace of God we have received something powerful to be a blessing to others.
There may be gifts that you have that you are not yet aware of! I urge you to ask God to show you what your spiritual gifts are, and learn about them. Get equipped with knowledge and the wisdom that God provides through His word, prayer, fasting, and activate those gifts! There is a world out there who needs them!
Yo se que mi Rendentor vive, Y al fin se levantara sobre el polvo. Job 19:25
Nustras influencias negativas nos afectan, tenemos dolores fisicos y emocionales. Conflictos con personas desagradables, pasamos por hospitales y cementerios. Hay muchas cosas que no son de nuestro agrado, desastres naturales, el delito tampoco podemos ignorar las maquinaciones de satanas de oprimirnos y derotarnos. Job gozaba de buena salud y riquezas, Pero despues perdio todo lo que tenia. Apesar de todo el se mantuvo firme, aunque enfermo y casi muerto. El tuvo una conquista de su sufrimiento por medio de la Fe, nuestra fe nos hace victoriosos, y vencedores porque vivimos creyendo en nuestro Senor Jesucristo. Asi como el hizo con Job que permitio que el diablo lo sacudiera y lo hizo vencedor por su sufrimiento. En esa misma manera nos pruebla a nosotros para ver si confiamos en El y estamos dispuestos a recibir la victoria.
Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he be stumbleth.
We should not rejoice for the mistakes that our neighbors do. It doesn’t matter if our neighbor is our friend or our enemy. We shouldn’t be glad when they stumble. As followers of Christ we need to have a caring heart and full of merciness like he was when he was here in person. We only look down at a person if we are willing to stretch out our hand for them to get up.
Porque de tal manera amo Dios al mundo,que ha dado a su Hijo unigenito,para que todo aquel que en el cree,no se pierda,mas tenga vida eterna.
El Amor de Dios es incondicional porque es un amor agape, por eso es un amor genuino y sincero. Por amor a nosotros se entrego a si mismo aun sabiendo lo que le iba a suceder. No fueron los clavos lo que lo sostenieron en esa cruz, sino fue su gran amor. Porque siendo Dios, El hubiera podido renunciar, pero no lo hizo por amor al perdido y todo aquel que en crea. 1 Juan 4:10 lo confirma:
10 En esto consiste el amor: no en que nosotros hayamos amado a Dios, sino en que él nos amó a nosotros, y envió a su Hijo en propiciación por nuestros pecados.