Seek The Truth

by Giselle Aguiar, Award-Winning, Christian Author

Jesus said, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me," and "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him." (John 14:2; 3:16-17)

Seek The Truth - by Giselle Aguiar, Award-Winning, Christian Author

An Ah-Ha Moment

This entry is part 1 of 14 in the series God the Provider

My bible study this morning did what it was supposed to do – give me an ah-ha moment – you know an “epiphany” – an insight – something I had never thought of – made a lot of things make sense all of a sudden.

However, as it is written: “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him”– but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. … The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned. ~1 Corinthians 2:9-10, 14

There are people who profess to be Christian – they know there is a God and they know that Jesus was His son, but they don’t believe it in their hearts. If they did, they’d have the Spirit – the third part of the Triune God that is inside the hearts of every committed Christian.
Paul says so in the first line above: …”no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him”– but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit….”. Without the Spirit, we cannot possibly comprehend what’s in store for us as true children of God.

When a person commits their hearts to Jesus, He gives us His Spirit and “the Peace of God which transcends all understanding.”

That’s why non-Christians don’t get us. Until they open their hearts – not their minds – to accept Jesus as their personal savior, they won’t understand what they’re missing.

This morning I was watching the 700 Club. A former Muslim gave his testimony. Then
they explained that the Muslims believe there is only one God. Jesus was not the son of God, nor was he divine, never mind there being a Spirit.

Jesus said, “I am the door” to heaven. Not a door. There are no other doors to heaven and unless people believe in their hearts that Jesus is The Way, they’ll never understand.
So what do we, Christians, do about family and friends that just don’t get it?

We keep planting seeds. But like a gardener, we need to keep watering and feeding the seed so it will take root and grow. We do that with prayer. Non-believers tend to ignore signs from God. Unfortunately, God wants our attention and when we don’t give it to Him, He’ll use drastic measures to get us to notice Him. We believers need to pray that these non-believers will realize that God is calling them. That they’ll hearts will be softened and open to receive Him when they do.

It’s sad to think that our loved ones will not be with us in Heaven if Jesus back came this moment to retrieve His “Bride” – His Church – His Believers. Let’s pray that it’s not going to take them being “Left Behind” to realize, “Wow, they were right.”

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God Bless,
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Planting and Reaping

This entry is part 2 of 14 in the series God the Provider

If you plant honesty, you will reap trust
If you plant goodness, you will reap friends
If you plant humility, you will reap greatness
If you plant perseverance, you will reap contentment
If you plant consideration, you will reap perspective
If you plant hard work, you will reap success
If you plant forgiveness, you will reap reconciliation
If you plant faith, you will reap a harvest

God Bless
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How long will it take for us to feel the benefits of the end of the recession?

This entry is part 3 of 14 in the series God the Provider

One of the groups I belong to on Brightfuse asked this question. Here’s my reply:

I’m in Phoenix, AZ. It’s really bad over here. A job I interviewed for last week let me know that they’re not filling to position till after the new year. They say that there are 6 unemployed people for each open position. Then how come every employer or hiring manager I talk to says that they get 200-300 resumes for 1 position.

A friend of mine got laid off last week from her state job of 36 years (no severance, no pension). AZ unemployment rate was 9.3% in Oct. I can’t see the economy improving until people get jobs. They cut back on spending (cash and credit), thus the states don’t get taxes and they’re having problems. AZ has been trying to balance their budget since the beginning of the year.

A friend of mine back in FL where I moved from 5 years ago wants me to move back there. FL is just as bad as AZ. Another friend over there has been unemployed since they closed CompUSA stores in May of 2007.

Another friend in NY (upstate in NYC suburbs) was laid off from a customer service job almost 2 years ago. She hasn’t even been able to get a call center position.

My mom lives in San Juan, Puerto Rico. My absolute worst comes to worst scenario is selling everything and moving back there only because I wouldn’t have to pay rent. Unemployment there is 15.6% (Oct.) – it went down from 16.5% in August. That actually sounds encouraging. Must be the approaching tourist season.

If it weren’t for the government’s extensions to the unemployed, I’d be packing for the move to PR. I’ve got a few more weeks to find a job. Maybe (or probably) I’ll still be available for that one job in Jan.

Only God knows. I put my trust in Him.

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Be thankful in all circumstances

This entry is part 4 of 14 in the series God the Provider

Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

This was last Sunday’s message at church. This is tough sometimes, but we have to do it. In whatever is going on, find something to be grateful for. Find the positive. Kind of like a Pollyanna.

Be grateful you’re alive, relatively healthy, have a roof over your head, a car to drive, food to eat ( no matter how you get it) and that Jesus loves you no matter what you do or how you act. He forgives you. God loves  you so much that he gave up His Son for you.

We can all find something to be thankful for all the time.

God bless

Thank you, Lord for running water

This entry is part 5 of 14 in the series God the Provider

There but for the Grace of God go I.

English: Picture taken by me on Mona Island, P...

Mona Island, Puerto Rico in the Mona Passage between PR & Dominican Republic is a hot zone for earthquakes. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

That’s what I think when I watch the coverage of the devastation in Haiti. The same fault line that caused this 7.0 quake also runs under the island of Puerto Rico, one island to the east.

I felt several tremors when I lived there. It’s disconcerting to feel the floor below you sway. I can’t imagine what the Haitians went through. I see them as my former Caribbean neighbors (even if I never did get to visit that island). In Miami, I met many Haitian-Americans and my heart goes out to them as they wait to hear about their family and friends back in Haiti.

We take simple things for granted – running water, drinkable water, toilets, electricity, food, clean clothes, phones, a warm bed, a solid roof over our heads, a place to call home.

We should live in an attitude of gratitude. Be grateful for the little things starting with each new day when we wake up.

We are blessed and we need to let God know that we are grateful as often as possible.

Do not take anything for granted. We are blessed because God chooses to bless us.

For what is seen is temporary

Father God, I know that you are aware of the suffering in Haiti and I pray that any roadblocks that may be hindering help from getting to where it’s needed be torn down. I pray that doctors and medicine, food and water get there quickly and that good plans arise to start rebuilding. Let the people there feel your loving hands. I thank you Lord, for the organizations that were already there and the ones that are sending more help. Lord, I am so grateful for everything that I have. Please let me live in an attitude of gratitude. This I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.


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