Confusion over confusion. This is the result of the lack of knowledge of the Word. People go to every place and in every direction and very often their guiding light is not personal conviction, that is an ideology, but simply an action of imitation of what others are doing. Otherwise it would not be possible to explain how habits that today seem ridiculous in a few months become trendy and fashion. And, if you keep walking according to what you see, you will go on in total confusion. The verse of today clarifies the concept, if it were needed. We don't go ahead because we're fine, or because our wallets are full. Otherwise when things go wrong or we will need, we will go into confusion without guidance. We are not going ahead with what they say on television, because we would be confused. We go on NOT for what we see, as the Bible teaches us. We go on by faith. Faith once it has been taught to us. The faith that tells us that in everything we must trust in the Lord and move forward, without hesitating or having discouraging or negative thoughts.
Someone reading the verse badly claims that the visions are not there and should not be followed. The visions of God exist and are contemplated exclusively by and in His Word. As any prophecy cannot go beyond the Word. If you walk by faith then you will see the glory of God. If you walk for something different the confusion is already around the corner
II corinthians 5:7 - For we wak by faith and not for what we see
God’s Word is our comfort: the Lord always does what He says. Every prophecy in the Bible will be fulfilled. In fact, Scripture is so trustworthy that Jesus said it will not pass away, (Luke 16:17). However, we must distinguish the promises which are for us or for other people. It’s important to understand the difference so we don’t mistakenly claim one that is not meant for us. When we misapply Scripture, we can develop an inaccurate view of God, and that usually leads to disappointment and distrust of Him. Some biblical promises are limited—they apply to a specific person: for instance, Abraham's promse for a son, (Genesis 18:10). He can certainly use this passage to teach us about His providential care and provision, but we shouldn’t grab verses and expect them to be fulfilled in our life regardless of their context. Other promises in the Word are conditional and apply only if we meet the qualifications, (Proverbs 3:5-6). However, there are some promises that apply to all believers—these are assurances that are certain because of our union with Christ (Ephesians 1:7-14). They have been given to us by our loving heavenly Father for our benefit, hope, and encouragement.
II Corinthians 1:20 - For as many as are the promises of God, in Him they are yes; therefore also through Him is our Amen to the glory of God through us.
Very often I observe souls praying and raging for a certain purpose or another one. And spend years of their lives praying without anything happening, except for being caught up in frustration and confusion. Maybe we quote verses like the one of today and our own mind goes into crisis because it does not see clearly the response to what is written. But really nothing will be impossible? Can we really tell that mountain to move from there? Mah! It seems far-fetched. These Christians are just exaggerating with their lies!
I remember the story of a certain man who had a huge boulder right in front of his house. And he couldn't admire the landscape because of the boulder. And while praying he asked the Lord to remove it ... after all Jesus had said that with the faith the mountains would move too! While he was praying, he heard someone whispering to push the boulder away. He couldn't believe his ears! God had answered him! he ran out into the field, pushed him with all his strength but the boulder didn't move a single millimeter. He was about to give up when the same voice told him to continue, ..., and so for some time. After months that went on like this, tired and exhausted by those efforts, he sat away from the boulder. He was crying and shouting asking God what he had done so badly to deserve this. He was unable to move anything. And he didn't understand if God was mocking Him. Finally God spoke: "Don't you understand that in this way, after months of effort, you have your muscles trained?". He began to cry and understand. Meanwhile, from a distance, the sound of a crawler could be heard. When this crawler was nearby, he saw that it had intervened to remove that boulder from where it stood: a new road had to be built!
In the same way God does so with all of us. It is only necessary to believe in Him. And to entrust our thoughts to Him. If they are good thoughts and according to His will, in good conscience, we will feel moved to continue to pray. And God, in His time, will send the crawler to remove your boulder. But you strengthen the muscles of faith in between. There will so be a new way...
Matthew 17:20 - Jesus answered them: "Because of your little faith; for verily I say unto you, if you have faith as much as a grain of mustard, you may say to this mountain: "Pass from here to there", and it will pass; and nothing will be impossible for you.
How much pain we see around today. How many blame God, labeling Him deaf to hear the entreaties of souls. Many come back. Most become insensitive. And all claim to be satisfied in their state, (at least from the point of view of faith). The whole cut a God ready totheir size. Who turns to someone else thinking of getting something. And the confusion is rampant in an irrepressible way. The verse of today remains clear and unequivocal. Whoever believes in the Son of God has eternal life. Can there be confusion in this statement? No! Yet many are confused. Why? They think they believe in the Son of God. But in fact it is not so. They believe in a God made to their measure. How can I say such a thing? Because I notice that everyone makes God do what They seems to fit. Everyone believes that they believe but few have really believed. Believing in the Son of God means only one thing: to obey the WORD. And the Word clearly says that God is worshiped in spirit and truth, not through a statue. The Word says that Jesus is the way, the truth and the life, not that to reach Him we can ask a Saint or what on earth was his mother. We can all say we believe. BUT are you obeying the Word? If your answer is yes, compare what you do with what the Word says. If there is a difference then you should change course: you are not believing in the Son of God and the wrath of God is upon you. Forgive me. I ask you with all my heart. I don't want to accuse anyone. It is a question, however, of opening one's eyes and looking at the truth.
John 3:36 - Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them
We are always tempted to do something different from what we are doing. It is amazing how none can stop us before those desires that arise from our heart. The problem is that not all of these ones are in conformity with the Word. Indeed, very often, they are exactly in the opposite direction. The Word says it well when it warns us that the human heart is evil. The invitation of today's verse is to GET UP and PRAY. They are two actions that we very often perform, but most of the times without the awareness of what should be done during these ones. We are awake but only to stay in front of the TV or to do our business. Or we believe we are awake but instead we are sleeping. We must watch not in the material sense but in the spiritual one. We stand with the antennas of the Spirit on guard, the devil goes around like a roaring lion to see who he can devour. And, in most cases, he finds us ... sleeping. We must be careful but this is not enough. It is not enough to be careful not to approach temptations or to be surrounded by them, because even the mere thought of the sin itself already spoils our relationship with God. So what to do? What to add to our being awake and/or on guard? The Word answers us: pray. But not a prayer to ask for your wallet to be full. Rather, a prayer is needed to ask that your heart be emptied of those thoughts and desires that regularly lead you to fall into Satan's snare.
Matthew 26:41 - Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.
Boaz exercised his ransom price on Ruth. Then from Boaz he had to be born that Jesus who had to change the worldly state of things. An act of love changes the world. But not only this. When Jesus was here on earth, He did not spare himself, He did not decide to delegate someone else to His sacrifice. He offered himself as a ransom price. What if compared with Boaz! Probably Boaz would not have given his life for Ruth's one. But Jesus did it. And now the challenge moves on you. As Jesus offered himself as a ransom, He is asking you to offer yourself to the service of your neighbor. If you do not accept this offer, you will never be worthy of being called "Son of God".
You can tell me that you were exploited, robbed, abused, disappointed. And you probably would have reason to say that. But God's offer is not commensurate with what you have received, but with what you have to give. Boaz gave what he had to give and God allowed everything to be solved. Jesus gave his life for you to be free from sin today. Don't get stuck because of the sin of others that touched you, but go ahead and be ready to pay your ransom price.
Matthew 20:28 - just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
How much intimations have been done for the people during the Second World War. How many false announcements that indicated this or that as the right place to take shelter. But the truth is that the bombs fell down hitting everything without sparing anything. In Revelation it is written that Jesus comes, and, like a "bomb", God's judgment will fall on anyone, wherever he hides himself. The decades pass but man remains the same. We hear of certain charlatans who point to Brazil or parts of it as a free zone where the Beast will not exercise its terrible power .... and many fall because they are only afraid. And fear does not come from God. Wherever you find yourself, if you have repented to the Lord by being born again AS the Word teaches, today's verse assures you that your transgressions have been erased. The bombs will be also raining, but we will be safe in God's arms.
Acts 3:19 - Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out.
Boaz was a man who served the Lord. And he had what he needed to be able to live and be at peace with his heart. One day, while busy with his businesses, he had to meet Ruth, sent by her mother-in-law, Naomi. The request of that young and attractive woman was very explicit: "stretch your cloak because you have a right of redemption over me". What an offer! Boaz himself, we read, replies in some way intimidated by that proposal because other young people could have been better for that girl, but she had chosen him. A golden opportunity, the vast majority of people would say. But when you are God-fearing, flattering offers are not worthy. First the right is valid, there is the law. Boaz would have gladly spread his cloak but he restrained himself and said: "There is one who has more right than me! We must wait". May this thought animate your heart today and forever. Before making a gesture, an action, whatever its nature, whatever its color, remember that there is one who has more right than you. He is God. Ask Him for permission first. Search for His will firstly. And, if he gives you His consent, then whatever you undertake will be a success. Even things that seem wrong will become a blessing. On the contrary, if you do not look for Him before acting, even the best and most pleasing proposals, will be very bitter, and will force you to live in trouble.
Ruth 3:12 - Although it is true that I am a guardian-redeemer of our family, there is another who is more closely related than I.
Every human being faces daily battles. Maybe right now, you're facing a challenge. Or you're about to do it. What vision is your life? Are you of those who think that the difficulties are so many that it is not worth fighting? Or are you of those who think that everything is due and that there is no need to fight? When you embrace Christ very often you tend to think that everything is solved by now: nothing could be more wrong! When the test comes, he will find us unprepared and maybe we would cry aloud "why Lord all things happen to me ?!" Even worse, when a brother or sister is in trouble and things are going well for us, we don't exitate to point the finger and to adfirm "If God were with you you wouldn't have all these troubles!". The abundance of life in Christ is not synonymous with "lackness of problems". Indeed, following the Messiah sometimes seems to be the cause of some difficult situations! Being a Christian, being a follower of the One who has conquered death, means something else: it means finding the strength to "fight the good fight". Adding to others is synonymous with lack of love. It is a work that can never be a consequence of faith. Who really is in God fights, runs, and never stops. In doing so, it keeps alive the faith that has been handed down to us by God himself.
II Timothy 4:7 - I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith .
In ancient times, attempts were made to explore unknown paths. A little bit because of the taste of the divine, of the adventure, a bit to look for new horizons and new outlets. In some situations the company succeeded or brought in such a way well-being to those who insisted, but surely, in the vast majority of cases, surprises were not lacking and those who discovered certain new horizons left their lives. Every new path seems to be straight, but in fact it is our eyes that deceive us. The sea horizon seems to end at some point, but in reality it goes on and does not end. If we entrust ourselves to our senses and our thoughts, they will not reap anything but death. But if today we want to live we also choose the path that is called holy and on which the unclean will not pass you, (Isaiah 35:8).
Proverbs 14:12 - There is a way which seem to be right unto men, but its end is the death.
How many people today are looking to serve God. And they try in every way to show themselves and to take the first places to be observed. And, in fact, if it is not something that is given from heaven, none will ever have anything. The daily verse is tellingus this. And this is the Word of God. How can those who stand on a pulpit, (and they want to give others what they have never received), be justified then? They will only give a meal of men, planted, cultivated and pulverized by men. And, over time, the souls to whom they turn will spiritually die. We can deceive the brothers but we cannot mock God. Do you want to serve God? Know then that you have to wait for His call, and not for a man or an organization. The rules of God have never changed. God has known His servants BEFORE they were born in the womb of their mother. John the Baptist is an example for us. And we are not talking only of Pastors, but of all those who pretend to open their mouths and serve others. We pay attention because we will ONLY be able to give to those in need when we receive FROM Him. Let us remember that two disciples, in front of the door of the statue called BELLA, gave FREE what they had received for FREE.(ACTS 3:6)
John 3:27 - John answered and told them: man can not receive anything, except from the heavens.
We want to be powerful, influential, or popular, Jesus has never asked such a thing. On earth, He spent a large amount of time with the nobodies. Shepherds, fishermen, prostitutes were the first to hear the good news. Jesus hung out with the lost and broken who were hated by many. People that others wanted nothing to do with. People who were objects to be used and who had been abused, but Jesus got value and dignity into them. Look at His disciples. Among them, there was a tax collector, a zealot who engaged in politics and anarchy, a number of fishermen, and a thief. Jesus respected and empowered women—something that was viewed as dishonorable in His time. Still, with these people Jesus changed the world. People who had no identity and who had perhaps no name known. But they were someone for Jesus and they know means someone for us, too. Even if you feel like a nobody, you are somebody to Jesus. Jesus delights in nobodies, because they aren’t nobodies to Him.
Philippians 2:7 - Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being….
The world’s largest freestanding rock is Mt. Augustus in Western Australia. It rises 2,352 feet above the stony desert and is more than five miles long. It is still debated whether it is a monolith (not connected to rock underneath) or monocline (connected to rock underneath). Some people think that rocks are pretty boring. But if you are a rock hound, an amateur geologist who collects rocks and mineral specimens from their natural environment, then what otherwise appears like a plain nuisance in someone’s pathway is a treasure. Early prospectors looked for valuable minerals and gemstones, but many people love collecting rocks and minerals simply for their beauty. Hobbyists enjoy getting together or attending gem and mineral shows. The world’s heaviest rock is osmium. It has the symbol of Os and atomic number 76. It’s hard, brittle, blue-black or blue-gray transition metal in the platinum family, and is the densest element in the world (22.59g/cm3). It is used in alloys for things that require extreme durability, like fountain pen tips and electrical contacts. The Bible has a lot to say about rocks and minerals. David killed Goliath with a stone. Water flowed from a rock in the wilderness. Altars were built by stacking up stones. Rocks provided shelter. Tombs were hewn from rocks. And houses were best built on rock. Because rocks are durable and readily available, there is no end to their usage. Perhaps that is why God has qualities compared to a rock. David wrote, “Be my strong refuge, to which I may resort continually; You have given the commandment to save me, for You are my rock and my fortress” (Psalm 71:3). In God we may find shelter from the enemy. When being attacked we may stand firm on a solid and durable foundation in Jesus.
Saul went to see a demon-possessed woman while under disguise. The woman, knowing that the punishment for those dealing in spiritualism was death, became greatly afraid. She knew King Saul had forbidden witchcraft in Israel. Saul gave his word. Ironically, he swore by the Lord that no harm would befall her, so the woman obeyed Saul’s request. But the end of that story was not a blessing or a direction, but a judgment. Seek the Lord and Him alone to have direction in your life.
I Samuel 28:9-12 - Then the woman said to him, “Look, you know what Saul has done, how he has cut off the mediums and the spiritists from the land. Why then do you lay a snare for my life, to cause me to die?” And Saul swore to her by the Lord, saying, “As the Lord lives, no punishment shall come upon you for this thing.” Then the woman said, “Whom shall I bring up for you?” And he said, “Bring up Samuel for me.” When the woman saw Samuel, she cried out with a loud voice. And the woman spoke to Saul, saying, “Why have you deceived me? For you are Saul!”
Moses was a servant of God. He had leaded the flock . Moses was a servant of God. He had led the people to sittim and had stopped them. Moab was next. The devil is always next to every child of God. And he tries to overcome him. In this case through adultery and consuming meat sacrificed to idols. The rest would have proceeded in a natural and consequent way. Moses received a peremptory order: to kill all dissidents. Today this measure may seem excessive, but let us look at it from a spiritual point of view. Each of us is in Sittim, a place that means strength and perseverance. It is the place from which we all have to leave to reach the Promised Land, Canaan. But the devil attacks us and causes sin to take over. Death arrives. Diseases are coming. The hardships come and what do we do? We still continue to persevere not in God but in sin. When Phinehas (brass mouth) saw this he got up and killed sin in the middle of the field. From there began under Joshua then a period of victory for the people from Sittim to Gilgal. Do you want to win? Then reject the sin that is in your life.
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Are you facing a challenge? Usually, a challenge may something you can be glad to be involved in. Sometimes it is something you have never asked for. Specially in this second situation, when things seems to be upsetted by the devil forces to lower you, remember that you have a standing invitation from your heavenly Father to come to “obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need”. You can not receive when you do not need. But as soon as you need and as soon as you approach the throne of grace, you may receive what you need. Even if you have lost in your past there is an opportunity to be a winner today. Come boldly, that means come covered with the blood of Jesus Christ the son of the living God, and you will obtain the mercy you need. When you need mercy, God’s Word assures you that you will find it he same moment you come boldly to God. Mercy is something we are not worthy of, but something which has been deployed for all of us. You won’t get the bad things you deserve, such as condemnation, poverty, failure, loss and even death. Grace means you will get the god things we do not deserve, such us forgiveness, love, care, protection, abundant life and so on. Why are you still standing still?
Hebrews 4:16 - Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.